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U.S. transfers jet fighters, drones from Afghanistan to expand war on ISIL

A Reaper UAV prepares to take off in Afghanistan.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has shifted its air combat fleet assets to expand the war effort against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the U.S. military has been ordered to transfer aircraft and other resources […]

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Choe returns as No. 2 leader, visits Russia as envoy of Kim Jong-Un


Special to By Lee Jong-Heon, SEOUL — Choe Ryong-Hae has reemerged as North Korea’s No. 2 man, six months after he was replaced by Hwang Pyong-So, multiple sources here said. Choe has recently been cited by Pyongyang’s tightly-controlled […]

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U.S. agrees to involve Turkey in coproduction of Aegis missile defense components

The USS Lake Erie launches an SM-3 Block 1B missile during an Aegis missile defense system test on May 15, 2013. / U.S. Navy

Special to ANKARA — Turkey and the United States have reached an agreement for the coproduction of a ballistic missile defense system. Under the deal, a Turkish company would provide components for the Aegis Combat System. The project would […]

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Egypt security forces protest mobilization conditions as war on terror takes toll

A masked member of the Egyptian security forces stands guard in a Cairo suburb on Nov. 28. / Ahmed Abdel Fattah /AP

Special to CAIRO — Egypt faces renewed unrest from within the nation’s powerful security forces. Egyptian sources said members of the Central Security Forces have staged protests in a demand for improved conditions. They said demonstrations have included sabotage […]

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Iran transformed: IRGC commander proclaims Iran as global power

Brig. Gen Hussein Salami.

Special to NICOSIA — Iran, fresh from an extension of its nuclear agreement with the West, has begun touting itself as a global power. Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp said Teheran has been tranformed from a regional into a […]

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Israel reports Hamas arsenal of 6,000 rockets includes long-range M-302s

Long-range M-302 rockets captured by Israel from a ship on the Red Sea in early 2014.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has detailed the Hamas missile and rocket arsenal during the war in mid-2014. The Israeli military said Hamas contained 6,000 rockets during the first stage of the 50-day war in July and August. […]

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Asian corruption: Despite investigative reporting exposes, it’s still going gangbusters

Imelda Marcos, right, with her children at the Supreme Court in Manila. / Aaron Favila / AP

Special to By Donald Kirk, MANILA — The title was alluring: “The First Asian Investigative Journalism Conference.” For two days, experts regaled journalists from all over Asia on how to track down the secret stories, the purloined funds, […]

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Shunned by U.S., Egypt strengthens defense, energy ties with Europe

French President Francois Hollande with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Paris, on Nov. 26. / Alain Jocard / AFP

Special to CAIRO — Egypt, shunned by the United States, has been forming strategic relations with Europe. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi has been welcomed as a strategic partner by several members of the European Union. During a European […]

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Kurdish forces cite U.S. support is defeat of ISIL forces in Mosul

Kurdish forces in Mosul have made gains with the support of U.S. air strikes. /

Special to BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have come under increasing military pressure around its headquarters in northern Iraq. Kurdish forces have claimed major gains around ISIL’s stronghold in Mosul. The Patriotic Union […]

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Israeli intelligence agencies clash over failure to predict Hamas War

A photo of a June 14 meeting: From right, Mossad head Tamir Pardo, Shin Bet head Yoram Cohen, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz, Maj. Gen. Aviv Kovhavi, Maj. Gen. Yoav Mordechai and, opposite Cohen, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.   Kobi Gideon/ GPO/ Flash 90

Special to Dossier at TEL AVIV — Before being told last week to settle their differences out of the public eye, Israel’s top intelligence agencies had erupted into an open feud over responsibility for the Hamas war in […]

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