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U.S. drops ‘unfair designation’ of Kurdish groups’ as terrorists

Brett McGurk

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has removed two Kurdish movements from the State Department list of terrorist organizations. In 2001, the State Department, under pressure from Turkey, placed a range of Kurdish groups on the terror list. […]

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U.S. exercises aim to prevent another Benghazi; more Marines deployed to regional embassies

U.S. Marines board an MV-22B Osprey at Moron Air Base, Spain in response to security concerns in northern Africa. / Alexander Hill / U.S. Marine Corps

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported military exercises to stop an Al Qaida attack in North Africa. Officials said the military and State Department conducted a series of drills to ensure rapid response to any Al Qaida […]

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U.S. downsizes rebel forces in Syria after their defeat by Al Qaida’s Nusra

U.S.-backed rebels in Syria got their pink slips for Christmas.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The United States has suspended funding to most Sunni rebel militias in Syria who had complained that funding and arms they received was sporadic and inadequate. Opposition sources said the State Department halted salaries to […]

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Report: U.S. holds Al Qaida chief said to have played role in Benghazi attack

Abel Basset Azouz. / Milliyet

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The United States has reportedly gained custody of Al Qaida’s chief in Libya. A prominent Turkish newspaper reported that Abel Basset Azouz was arrested in northwestern Turkey in November 2014 as he tried to enter […]

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Administration delays called factor in latest of failed rescue ops

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel with Gen. John F. Campbell, right, on Dec. 6, in Kabul, Afghanistan. / Mark Wilson / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has failed in consecutive hostage rescue operations in Yemen. The administration of President Barack Obama acknowledged that the target of at least two U.S. hostage rescue operations was killed during a commando […]

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U.S. has not canceled passports of known Americans fighting for ISIL

Tom Warrick, deputy assistant Homeland Security secretary for counterterrorism policy watches testimony of Robert Bradtke before a House Foreign Affairs SubCommittee hearing on Dec. 2. / Pete Marovich / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, in the midst of a military campaign, has not sought to stop suspected operatives from traveling to and from strongholds of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant strongholds. The administration of President […]

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U.S. confirms presence of ISIL training camps in Libya

Social media post of ISIL training facility.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has established a presence in Libya. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL was operating in large parts of Libya. They […]

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Congress doubles funding approved by Obama for Israel’s Iron Dome

Iron Dome intercepts rocket from Gaza Strip on July 5. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has approved a significant increase in U.S. support for Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. On Dec. 2, a conference committee of the House and Senate agreed on the terms of the […]

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This film’s no joke to North Korea

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The North Koreans could not have come up with a better way to publicize a movie. Can anyone imagine a Hollywood comedy causing a diplomatic storm involving United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and […]

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FBI confirms warning on ISIL social media threat to military in U.S.

SocialMediaThreat

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been warned of attacks by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant on American soil. Officials said the American intelligence community has determined that ISIL was targeting soldiers in the United States. […]

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