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Pentagon confirms ISIL captured tanks, building ‘faster’ military force

ISIL fighters drive tanks through Raqqa, Syria.  /Twitter

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an armored force. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community detected a presence of U.S. and Russian-origin armored vehicle platforms at […]

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Iran — not the West — is first to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds in war against ISIL

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani, right, meets hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif on Aug. 26.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran has become the first country to supply weapons to the Kurdish Regional Government. Officials said Iran marked the first country that provided arms and military equipment to KRG. They said the supply marked a […]

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Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President

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Special to WorldTribune.com Billy and Karen Vaughn After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who […]

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U.S. begins recon missions over Syria, weighs attacks on ISIL strongholds

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been examining the feasibility of additional attacks on Al Qaida strongholds in Syria. Officials said President Barack Obama authorized air reconnaissance operations over Syria and was examining the prospect of additional […]

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Gov. Perry: ‘Very real possibility’ ISIL has already exploited unsecured U.S. southern border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has become concerned over the prospect of infiltration by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials have acknowledged that ISIL could honor its threat to attack the United States. They said […]

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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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Sen. Cruz: ‘Why is President Obama selling AMRAAM missiles to Turkey but blocking Hellfires for Israel?’

Sen. Ted Cruz

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite concern from Congress, has defended arms sales to Turkey. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama would maintain U.S. weapons exports to Turkey amid concerns that the NATO ally was […]

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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells in the European Union in what could […]

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Obama administration agrees to continue boosting Iraq air force

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved a project to sustain the Iraq Air Force. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama approved an Iraqi request for a $500 million program to train and maintain Baghdad’s […]

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Obama blocked arms deliveries to Israel, ordered no shipments be made without his approval

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered his administration not to approve U.S. weapons deliveries to Israel. Officials said the White House ordered the State Department and Defense Department to suspend any Israeli request for weapons or […]

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