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U.S. strikes destroy scores of estimated 2,500 tanks stolen by ISIL in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported the destruction of scores of main battle tanks captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Many of the tanks were reportedly of U.S. origin. Officials said U.S.-led air strikes […]

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Putin exploits latest Biden gaffe, offers helping hand to Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com When U.S. Vice President openly chastised Turkey for allowing foreign militant fighters to cross its territory into Syria to join Islamist State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), President Vladimir Putin of Russia picked […]

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Israel, Egypt on track for major energy deal

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Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Egypt and Israel have signed an initial agreement for what could be mark a major natural gas deal. An Israeli consortium said it signed a non-binding Letter of Intent with Dolphinus Holdings, which represents […]

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ISIL prompts renewed U.S.-Egypt ties; Apaches shipped to Egypt

AH-64 Apache attack helicopters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The United States has prepared for imminent delivery of attack helicopters for Egypt as the regional effort against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has been assigned a high priority. Officials said the U.S. […]

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United Arab Emirates sets sights on a mission to Mars

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has signed an accord to send the first Arab spacecraft to Mars. The UAE Space Agency and the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology inked a seven-year accord to […]

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Report: ISIL forming air force with captured fighter jets, choppers

Iraq MiG-21s.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian opposition has asserted that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant formed an air combat fleet. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL captured fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from Iraq and Syria […]

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Amnesty charges Baghdad allowing war crimes with Iran-backed revenge attacks on Sunnis

Iran-back Mahdi Army on parade.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias have been attacking the Sunni community in Iraq, a report said. Amnesty International said Shi’ite militias supported by Iran and the Baghdad government were abducting and killing Sunni civilians in 2014. Amnesty said […]

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ISIL’s stealth plotting against top Shi’ite militia ‘planned for months’

Mahdi fighters in military parade on the streets of Baghdad.  / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted Iraq’s leading Shi’ite militia. Officials said ISIL has begun a campaign against the Mahdi Army, deemed the largest Shi’ite militia in Iraq. They said ISIL squads […]

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Israel to reduce arms production in U.S. after Obama’s weapons suspension during Gaza War

U.S. Navy aviation ordnancemen with a Hellfire missile. / U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Scott A. Raegen

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to reduce military coproduction with the United States. A leading Israeli analyst asserted that the Defense Ministry and the military agreed to reduce production of Israeli weapons […]

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Egypt crackdown delivers ‘devastating blow’ to Ansar, Brotherhood networks

Egypt security forces struck in six provinces in the biggest operation this year.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has reported a crackdown on the Islamic insurgency network. The Interior Ministry said security forces raided suspected insurgency strongholds throughout northern Egypt. The ministry said 52 alleged operatives from eight cells were rounded up in […]

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