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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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

Brett McGurk

Special to 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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Division of F-35 labor eases cost burden for partner states like Turkey

Italy and Turkey were selected as the first European locations for JSF support.

Special to WASHINGTON — Turkey has been selected to provide support for the U.S.-origin Joint Strike Fighter. The Defense Department said Turkey would supply initial heavy maintenance for the engine of the F-35 fighter-jet, built by the U.S. firm […]

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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 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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Morocco and its F-16s join U.S. anti-ISIL coalition

Morocco F-16s.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has persuaded Morocco to join the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the North African kingdom has agreed to join the U.S.-led coalition air strikes against ISIL positions […]

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U.S. official with checkered past overseeing ISIL offensive, Iraq’s new military

Brett McGurk

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has persuaded Iraq to streamline its army. Washington has won agreement for Baghdad’s army, trained and equipped by the United States and other NATO allies, to shrink from its former strength of […]

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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 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 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 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 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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