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France begins air recon missions in allied war against ISIL

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — France has begun conducting air operations over Iraq. Officials said the French Air Force carried out its first reconnaissance operations over northern Iraq. They said the missions began on Sept. 15 in support of […]

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In 1950, UN forces fought back; Of what use are today’s ‘peackeepers’

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines enter the Israeli sector of the Golan Heights on June 12, 2013.  /Menahem Kahana/AFP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The United Nations as a force for peace has never lived up to the hopes implicit in the name. You can’t blame a succession of secretary-generals for the failures of the UN The current secretary-general, Ban […]

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New EU chief known as harsh critic of Putin’s incursion in Ukraine

Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The European Council has elected Donald Tusk, Poland’s prime minister, as its new president. Tusk, 57, who traces his political roots to the anti-communist Solidarity labor movement in the Soviet era, is the longest serving […]

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S. Sudan seeks pipeline alternative to end dependence on Sudan

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — South Sudan has sought an alternative to the export crude oil pipeline that crosses into its northern rival. A U.S. government report said South Sudan was determined to end its dependence on Sudan for oil […]

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Cash-flush ISIL ‘buying supporters’ in northern Morocco

ISIL fighters in Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been quietly building a presence in Morocco. ISIL is believed to have established cells in several regions of Morocco. The Al Qaida-aligned movement is said to have […]

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U.S. confirms air strike took aim at Shabab leader in Somalia

Shabab fighters in Somalia.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has targeted the commander of Al Qaida’s Shabab movement in Somalia. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community tracked Shabab chief Ahmed Abdul Mohammed to a camp south of the Somali capital of […]

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NATO increases Black Sea naval presence as Russia invades Ukraine

The USS Ross.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As Russia escalated tensions with Kiev and finally launched an invasion force, the U.S. and other NATO allies were beefing up naval presence in the Black Sea in an effort to muster a show of […]

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U.S. pledges $60 million to aid Tunisian Army’s war on terror

Gen. David Rodriguez

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved a plan to enhance Tunisia’s military. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama agreed to a $60 million package to support the Tunisian Army. They said the aid package […]

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Iraq gets Russia’s Mi-28 advanced helicopter for operations against ISIL

Mi-28 Night Hunter

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has acquired an advanced Russian attack helicopter. The Defense Ministry said the Iraq Army has accepted delivery of the Russian-origin Mi-28 helicopter. The ministry said the Mi-28 would be deployed against Islamic State of […]

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Germany to send armored vehicles, assault rifles to Kurdish forces

G-36 assault rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has announced arms shipments to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Berlin government has agreed to send a range of weapons and munitions to KRG forces in northern Iraq. The German Defense Ministry said the […]

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