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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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U.S. backing called key for Qatar’s covert dealings with terror groups, Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin al Attiyah.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Qatar has become a major player in the Arab world because of its pro-Islamist policy and support by the United States, a report said. The Institute for National Security Studies asserted that Qatar […]

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Israel, Syria jointly assist rescue of UN observers from Golan Heights

UN observers on the Golan border.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Israel and Syria have joined to help rescue United Nations observers from Islamist rebel militias in the Golan Heights. Diplomatic sources said Israel and Syria provided fire and other support that enabled scores of members […]

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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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Saudi announces $40 billion investment plan for its energy sector

Armaco chief executive officer Khalid Al Falih

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia plans to invest $40 billion a year in the kingdom’s energy sector over the next decade. The state-owned monopoly Saudi Aramco said the money would help develop energy resources in the Gulf […]

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Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?

Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an UN investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria’s civil war. The […]

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U.S. sanctions Gaza terror group that declared support for ISIL

Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem has claimed responsibility for firing rockets from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has sanctioned an Al Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip that early this year declared support for the ISIL. The State Department has announced sanctions on the Mujahadin Shura Council in the […]

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Indonesia offers to train Saudis in naval operations

Indonesia's KRI Bung Tomo 357

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Muslim states of Indonesia and Saudi Arabia are exploring naval cooperation. Officials said Indonesia and Saudi Arabia have discussed such options as joint exercises, training and exchange of officers. “Indonesia is the world’s […]

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ISIL surge changes U.S. thinking about military aid to Lebanon

U.S. ambassador to Lebanon David Hale

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The United States, charged with reneging on security assistance to Lebanon, has acknowledged a threat from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant and has pledged to accelerate weapons and equipment to Lebanon’s military. U.S. ambassador […]

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Close U.S.-Jordan intel ties revealed by NSA memo leaked by Snowden

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has developed a close intelligence relationship with Jordan. A classified memorandum by the U.S. National Security Agency disclosed an intimate relationship with Jordan’s intelligence community. The NSA memo, leaked by former CIA […]

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