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U.S. strikes destroy scores of estimated 2,500 tanks stolen by ISIL in Iraq


Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported the destruction of scores of main battle tanks captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Many of the tanks were reportedly of U.S. origin. Officials said U.S.-led air strikes […]

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Report: ISIL forming air force with captured fighter jets, choppers

Iraq MiG-21s.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian opposition has asserted that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant formed an air combat fleet. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL captured fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from Iraq and Syria […]

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Amnesty charges Baghdad allowing war crimes with Iran-backed revenge attacks on Sunnis

Iran-back Mahdi Army on parade.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias have been attacking the Sunni community in Iraq, a report said. Amnesty International said Shi’ite militias supported by Iran and the Baghdad government were abducting and killing Sunni civilians in 2014. Amnesty said […]

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ISIL’s stealth plotting against top Shi’ite militia ‘planned for months’

Mahdi fighters in military parade on the streets of Baghdad.  / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted Iraq’s leading Shi’ite militia. Officials said ISIL has begun a campaign against the Mahdi Army, deemed the largest Shi’ite militia in Iraq. They said ISIL squads […]

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‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort

Eric Prince

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military contractors to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading private military contractor during the U.S. occupation of Iraq asserted […]

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Obama envoy admits administration strategy failing to stop ISIL advance on Baghdad

John Allen, U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State, at a press conference in Baghdad on Friday.  /AP Photo/Karim Kadim

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite intensified air strikes, has acknowledged significant gains by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. President Barack Obama’s envoy to the anti-ISIL coalition said ISIL continues to advance in Iraq. [Ret.] […]

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N.Y. Times confirms: There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

Staff Sgt. James F. Burns in Baghdad in 2004, a week before discovering a Sarin shell. "They put a gag order on all of us." / Mohammed Uraibi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The New York Times reported on Oct. 14 that U.S. troops in Iraq had between 2004 and 2011 repeatedly encountered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Meanwhile, voters back home and the world at large had been repeatedly […]

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Iran, Turkey secretly sent emergency weapons to Kurds against ISIL

Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran and Turkey quietly came to the aid of Kurdistan in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Kurdistan Regional Government President Masoud Barzani said neighboring states have sent weapons to help block […]

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ISIL gets set: ‘Up to 10,000 terrorists are ready to attack Baghdad’

The Iraqi military is reportedly building fortifications near the capital, Baghdad, to repel an imminent ISIL attack.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is believed to be preparing a massive assault on Baghdad. Officials said the Iraqi intelligence community, backed by help from the United States, detected ISIL preparations for an […]

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Lexington Institute: Obama’s air strategy against ISIL ‘doomed’, Arab ground forces not ‘viable’

without a competent and compatible ground force, this 'comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy' is doomed," the Lexington Institute said.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S.-led air strikes, regardless of frequency, remain insufficient in stopping Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, a report said. The Lexington Institute asserted that the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIL failed to force a withdrawal […]

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