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U.S. now confirms ISIL stole and has deployed surface-to-air missiles

Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. / Susan Walsh / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant deployed surface-to-air missiles. The Defense Department has determined that ISIL achieved limited air defense capability. Officials said ISIL acquired the weapons from Iraqi […]

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Iran’s horrific rights record: 852 executions in past year included juveniles


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Despite what many observers see as a politically reformist presidency of Hassan Rouhani, the human rights situation in the Islamic Republic of Iran remains dire. A recently released UN report […]

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Palestinian official who compared Netanyahu to ISIL commander barred from Israel

Gen. Adnan Dumeiri

Special to JERUSALEM — Israel has imposed sanctions on a senior Palestinian Authority security official. The Israeli Defense Ministry has sanctioned PA security spokesman Brig. Gen. Adnan Dumeiri. Officials said Dumeiri would no longer be allowed to enter Israel […]

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Egypt sends special forces to the Sinai to protect strategic sites

Egypt's rapid deployment forces heads to Sinai on Oct. 27. / Egypt Army / Mohamed Samir

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has sent elite combat units to the Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptian military said it airlifted special operations forces to Sinai in wake of the killing of 33 soldiers on Oct. 24. The military said […]

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Local opposition, bureaucratic turf battles stall Egypt’s nuclear program

Egypt's nuclear site near Dabaa.

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has made scant progress with its multi-billion-dollar nuclear energy program. More than 30 years after its launch, Egypt’s nuclear program has failed to complete a reactor to produce electricity. A site designated for Egypt’s […]

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U.S. air strikes target ISIL drive to expand energy assets

U.S. air strikes are now targeting ISIL position in northern Syria. /  Technical Sergeant Kevin Wallace / Reuters / U.S. Air Force

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is acting to expand its energy assets in Syria, the cash flow from which has made it wealthiest terrorist organization in recent history. The attack came in wake of […]

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Turkey relents, allows some Kurdish forces to defend Kobane


Special to ANKARA — Turkey has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Syria to save a northern enclave from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 29, an 80-vehicle convoy by Kurdistan’s military entered Turkey and hours later reached […]

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South Koreans: Too stressed to appreciate their new status as coolest Asians


Special to By Donald Kirk, Many Koreans don’t know it, but Korea is cool. Three newly published books say so. Two of them even have “cool” in the title — “The Birth of Korean Cool” by Euny Hong, […]

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U.S. warns Americans in Egypt of attacks by jihadists

U.E. Embassy in Cairo.

Special to CAIRO — The United States has warned its nationals of Islamic attacks in Egypt. The U.S. embassy in Cairo said Americans could come under attack by Al Qaida-aligned insurgents. In a warning, the State Department’s Bureau of […]

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Military warns Israel: Iron dome won’t help against Hizbullah

A missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in Ashdodl, Israel in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012. / Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has warned that Iron Dome would be ineffective in any war against Hizbullah. Officials said the Israel Air Force would be unable to stop massive missile and rocket salvos by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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