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‘Pre-9/11 moment’: Officials say Al Qaida planning massive cyber attack on U.S.

U.S. Assistant Attorney General John Carlin

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Al Qaida has focused on planning massive cyber attacks on the United States. Officials said the Al Qaida campaign was meant to disrupt power supply, banks, critical facilities, including nuclear plants, without sending fighters into […]

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DIA head backs Hamas: Defeat could open way for ISIL; No Mideast peace ‘in my lifetime’

Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has warned that Al Qaida could replace Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A leading member of the U.S. intelligence community said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant could dominate the […]

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ISIL morphs into ‘full-blown army’: U.S. intel claims ‘we did see this coming’

Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on July 23.  /CNSNews.co/Penny Starr

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has revised its assessment and now regards Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as a military force. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that ISIL was transformed from what […]

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ISIL gains in Iraq are forcing the issue: Is U.S.-Iran cooperation inevitable?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Fariborz Saremi The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) extraordinary gains in much of Iraq have upset the geopolitical apple cart in the region. It has called into question both the value of the […]

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Outgoing Marine commandant on Iraq: ‘It breaks your heart’ and ‘they’re not done with us’

Gen. James Amos

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has seen nearly a decade of work in Iraq go down the drain. A leading U.S. military commander has asserted that the collapse of Iraq by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Bipartisan doubts: Obama provided no intelligence briefings on aid to Syrian rebels

Sen. Susan Collins.  /Pete Marovich/Zumapress.com

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has expressed skepticism over a U.S. decision to relay $500 million in military aid to Syrian rebels. Leading members of the House and Senate are warning President Barack Obama of a blowback in the […]

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Jordan report blames Obama team for ISIL crisis, suggests rethinking U.S. ties

U.S. President Barack Obama and Jordanian King Abdullah

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has been revising its strategy amid Al Qaida’s takeover of much of neighboring Iraq, a report said. The Al Quds Center for Political Studies asserted that the Hashemite kingdom has been forced to draft […]

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Holder: American recruits with tech know-how and Al Qaida make ‘deadly combination’

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Western fighters were believed to be joining Al Qaida’s network in Yemen. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community was tracking the flow of European and American recruits to Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula. They […]

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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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Bahrain expels U.S. diplomat for meeting with Iran-backed opposition

U.S. Assistant Secretary
of State Tomasz Malinowski

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain, after years of warnings, has expelled a leading U.S. diplomat for links with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite opposition. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom declared U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tomasz Malinowski persona non grata. […]

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