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Obama team’s reaction to ISIL offensive got Hagel fired

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, resigns at the White House yesterday. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has claimed its first high-level political casualty. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been forced to resign amid his disagreement over the war against ISIL in […]

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Now in control of Yemen’s capital, Iran-backed rebels named to key security positions

Iran-backed Houthi Shi'ite rebels with military vehicles captured at an army base in Sanaa on Sept, 22. / Mohammed Huwais /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Shi’ite rebel movement, which controls most of Sanaa, has been appointed to senior posts in Yemen’s military and security forces. Officials said President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has approved the inclusion of members of […]

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Former CIA director warns U.S. knows too little about Iran’s nuclear program

Former CIA director Michael Hayden.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress, on the eve of the Nov. 24 deadline, has been warned against an inadequate Western nuclear agreement with Iran. A House panel was told that the U.S. intelligence community continues to lack data on […]

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Congress giving extra scrutiny to new Iraq military requests

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria. / Raqqa Media Center / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress, skeptical of the military’s ability, has been closely examining Iraqi’s request for combat platforms. Congressional sources said the House and Senate were Iraq’s requests for main battle tanks and armored fighting vehicles. They said […]

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Iran flaunts sanctions, new U.S. R-44 helicopters ‘acquired through dealers’

An Iranian company displayed four new R-44 U.S. helicopters during the air exhibition on Nov. 20. /  Zohreh Saberi / Mehr News / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has displayed its success in evading Western sanctions on aircraft exports. An Iranian company said it acquired four new U.S.-origin helicopters through fronts. Iran’s Helicopters Co. displayed the R-44 helicopters, designed for security and […]

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Former U.S. officials in letter to Obama hit ‘patently false’ new charges against Pollard

Former CIA Director R. James Woolsey. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Four months after its release offer, the United States has renewed charges against former naval analyst Jonathan Pollard. A parole commission asserted that Pollard, convicted to life in prison for relaying classified information to Israel, […]

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Boeing to press Obama administration on Iran for license extensions, additional sales

Iran could buy additional equipment from Boeing if sanctions are lifted. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Boeing plans to obtain U.S. permission to sell additional aerospace equipment to Iran. Executives said the U.S. defense major would return to the administration of President Barack Obama for licenses to sustain initial sales […]

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U.S. stations general in Israel to coordinate defense assistance in future war

Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson in Israel.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The United States has deployed a senior commander to help Israel in any future war. The Defense Department has sent a general to command a unit meant to facilitate joint defense missions with Israel. […]

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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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Israel lays cornerstone for JSF base

IsraeliJSF

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The Israel Air Force has launched the construction of a base for its forthcoming Joint Strike Fighter. The air force laid the cornerstone for the F-35A base at the Nevatim base near Beersheba. The […]

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