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Syrian rebels buy time, renew fight in Aleppo

Some residents have been unable to leave uninhabitable buildings in Aleppo. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Sunni rebels have resumed their offensive around the largest city in Syria. Opposition sources said Saudi-backed Islamic rebels launched major operations to disrupt Syrian military attacks around Aleppo. They said the campaign was led by […]

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U.S. urges Iraq to make use of the military aircraft it bought

An Iraqi C-130J.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has urged Iraq to use its new military aircraft in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Washington was pressing the Iraq Air Force to begin using its […]

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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Iraq losing billions in oil exports after ISIL captured pipeline

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has been losing billions of dollars because of a halt in crude oil exports. The Oil Ministry said Baghdad was losing $1.2 billion per month, or 27 percent of projected revenues, amid the suspension […]

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Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre

Israelis near funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem, Nov. 18. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas activated operational cells in Jerusalem in advance of a bloody attack in a Jerusalem synagogue. Officials said the intelligence community has assessed that Hamas was activating operational cells based in […]

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Border alert — Egypt: Military doubles buffer zone against Hamas, Gaza Strip

Overview of the rubble of buildings destroyed by the Egyptian military on Nov. 4 in the border town of Rafah. / Mohamed El-Sherbeny / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has decided to expand its controversial buffer zone with the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The government said it would double the size of its planned buffer zone in the Sinai Peninsula. In a statement, the […]

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Border alert — Saudi Arabia: Military expands buffer zone with Iraq

Saudi border guards in training exercise. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has expanded a buffer zone along the kingdom’s border with Iraq. Officials said the Saudi military has overseen the establishment of a security barrier to protect against Islamic insurgency infiltration along the […]

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ISIL car bomb reaches ‘first line of security’ at Baghdad Airport

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — After months of efforts, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has begun attacks on Baghdad International Airport. Officials said a car bomb exploded in a parking lot outside Baghdad International Airport and five people were […]

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Role of Gulf state pilots said marginal to ineffective in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Gulf Arab partners have conducted a tiny portion of air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners have conducted less than 15 percent of air strikes on ISIL in Iraq […]

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Kurdistan stiff arms ISIL, continues oil exploration

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has failed to stop energy exploration in Iraq’s Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government has overseen the development of light oil reserves in northern Iraq. The autonomous government has been […]

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