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Iraq gets Russia’s Mi-28 advanced helicopter for operations against ISIL

Mi-28 Night Hunter

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has acquired an advanced Russian attack helicopter. The Defense Ministry said the Iraq Army has accepted delivery of the Russian-origin Mi-28 helicopter. The ministry said the Mi-28 would be deployed against Islamic State of […]

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Germany to send armored vehicles, assault rifles to Kurdish forces

G-36 assault rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has announced arms shipments to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Berlin government has agreed to send a range of weapons and munitions to KRG forces in northern Iraq. The German Defense Ministry said the […]

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Pentagon confirms ISIL captured tanks, building ‘faster’ military force

ISIL fighters drive tanks through Raqqa, Syria.  /Twitter

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an armored force. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community detected a presence of U.S. and Russian-origin armored vehicle platforms at […]

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Iran — not the West — is first to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds in war against ISIL

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani, right, meets hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif on Aug. 26.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran has become the first country to supply weapons to the Kurdish Regional Government. Officials said Iran marked the first country that provided arms and military equipment to KRG. They said the supply marked a […]

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Iran sends 81st division, tanks, helicopters into northern Iraq

Kurdish sources say this photos shows elements of Iran's 81st Division in Khaneghein, northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has deployed combat units in Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent thousands of soldiers to northern Iraq to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The sources […]

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Turkey’s overlooked role in rise of latest ‘Islamic Caliphate’, and what’s coming next

Map released by ISIS.

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Much has been spewed forth about the seemingly inexorable and sudden rise, steeped in blood, of a chimeric new “state”, the so-called Islamic Caliphate. It has occupied land seized from […]

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ISIL’s Al Baghdadi flees Iraq for Syria as U.S. steps up air strikes

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The commander of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have fled Iraq amid U.S. air strikes on Kurdistan. Officials said ISIL commander Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi left his headquarters in the northern […]

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Iraqi Army tries, and fails in third bid to re-take Tikrit from ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army has launched a third campaign to capture a key northern city. The Army deployed several thousand soldiers and Shi’ite volunteers in an operation to drive out Islamic State of Iraq and Levant […]

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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells in the European Union in what could […]

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Kurds say ISIL won’t impact plans for increased oil output

The Taq Taq oil field in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdistan was expected to increase crude oil production in 2014. A leading operator said Kurdistan would register an increase of 140,000 barrels of oil at the largest-producing field in the autonomous northern Iraqi region. […]

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