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Iraq’s ambassador makes case for ‘precision U.S. air attacks’ as ISIL threatens oil, Jordan

Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Iraq has appealed to the United States for air strikes on Al Qaida. Iraq’s ambassador to the United States has urged the administration of President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military intervention. Iraqi ambassador Lukman […]

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ISIL seizes 50 U.S. artillery batteries and up to 4,000 U.S. PKC machine guns

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been bolstered by the seizure of a fleet of U.S.-origin artillery batteries. Officials said ISIL has captured a huge amount of U.S. combat platforms and equipment deployed […]

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ISIL’s ‘gang of thieves’ in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations

Close to 2,000 vehicles stolen in Turkey have been put to use by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper […]

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Sources: Iran already has 5,000 troops fighting ISIL in Iraq

Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani leads the IRGC Quds Force.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran is said to have deployed at least 5,000 troops in neighboring Iraq. Kurdish sources said Islamic Revolutionary Guard has overseen the growing Iranian military presence in Iraq. The sources said IRGC Quds Force was […]

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Kurdish insurgents deploy 1,000 fighters to stop ISIL siege of Syrian city

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The leading Kurdish insurgency movement has intervened to save its compatriots in Syria. The Kurdish Workers Party has sent nearly 1,000 fighters to stop an offensive by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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Pentagon claim: Iraqi Army is capable and on the rebound after ISIL onslaught

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby.  /DoD photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama continues to report improved performance by Iraq’s military despite other reports to the contrary. Officials said the U.S. military and Defense Department were assessing that the Iraq Army remained […]

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The Middle East through Thomas Friedman’s looking glass

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Special to WorldTribune.com Thomas Friedman’s article is a reflection of an inverted world where minor, secondary characters are villains, where genuine villains never appear at the scene, and people are united by good intentions and ties of friendship. By Alexander […]

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Americans in the crosshairs: Pentagon balks at embedding advisers with Iraq units

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has warned that its presence in Iraq was in danger. A classified military assessment ordered by the administration of President Barack Obama determined that U.S. special operations forces could be targeted in […]

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U.S. military warns ISIS taking aim at Baghdad airport, Iraq’s lifeline

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been bracing for an Al Qaida campaign to close down Iraq’s largest airport. U.S. military sources said they expect Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to target Baghdad […]

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‘Terrorist group’ seized nuclear material from Iraq’s Mosul University, IAEA confirms

IAEA spokeswoman Gill Tudor

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The International Atomic Energy Agency has acknowledged that nuclear material was stolen by Al Qaida in Iraq. IAEA has been informed by the Baghdad government of an Al Qaida raid of a nuclear site in […]

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