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DIA head backs Hamas: Defeat could open way for ISIL; No Mideast peace ‘in my lifetime’

Defense Intelligence Agency director Michael Flynn.  /AFP

Special to WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has warned that Al Qaida could replace Hamas in the Gaza Strip. A leading member of the U.S. intelligence community said Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant could dominate the […]

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U.S. bans flights to 6 countries that pose threats to passenger jets

American Airlines Boeing 777.

Special to By Miles Yu, The U.S. government has issued a sweeping ban on international passenger jets in the skies of 6 countries that pose danger to the safety of the flights. The six countries are Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, […]

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Hamas chief weapons developer killed by Israeli air strike

Smoke from rockets fired from a northern neighborhood of Gaza City are seen after being launched toward Israel on July 17.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has killed Hamas’ chief weapons developer. Military sources said Ismail Akluk was killed in an Israel Air Force strike on July 25 in the Gaza Strip. The sources said Akluk, 25, was an […]

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Egypt hints Qatar involved in attack that killed 22 soldiers near Libyan border

Egyptian army soldiers inspect the site of an attack in al-Wadi al-Gadid, close to the El-Farafrah oasis, in the western desert, some 630 kms west of Cairo, near the frontier with Libya.  /AFP/STR

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has concluded that a foreign intelligence agency could have helped a major Al Qaida-aligned attack on the military near the Libyan border. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said a foreign intelligence agency was believed responsible […]

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Hizbullah leader traveling as businessman said killed in Air Algerie crash

An Air Algerie plane crash in Mali on July 24 killed 118 people.

Special to CAIRO — A leading member of the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah was said to have been killed in an Algerian airline crash. An Algerian daily reported that a senior Hizbullah operative was killed in the crash of an Air […]

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Ex security adviser: Israel ‘not in control of the situation’ in Gaza

Former Israeli National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror.  /Olivier Fitoussi/Flash 90

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel, faced with withdrawal or conquest, has lost control over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, a report said. The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Affairs has asserted that Israel lost the initiative in its conflict with […]

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Iraq forms brigades of Sunnis, Kurds in bid to take back Mosul

Iraqi Army forces clash with ISIL fighters west of Mosul.

Special to BAGHDAD — Iraq has formed units to recapture a key city from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has approved the formation of units meant to contain […]

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ISIL launches first direct attacks on Syrian forces

ISIL fighters move artillery in Raqqa, northern Syria.  /Reuters

Special to NICOSIA — For the first time, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has launched a campaign against the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. On July 24, hundreds of ISIL fighters attacked Syrian Army positions in […]

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Western nations evacuate embassies as Libya situation reaches ‘critical stage’

Smoke billows from an area near Tripoli's international airport on July 24.

Special to LONDON — Libya has been seeing the flight of its Western presence. Western governments, including the European Union and NATO, have been evacuating their embassies in Libya in late July. The evacuation came amid heavy fighting between […]

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Tunisia to get 12 U.S. Black Hawk helicopters in counter-terror deal

UH-60 Black Hawk

Special to WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has approved a Tunisian request for U.S. military helicopters. Under the request, expected to be approved by Congress, Tunisia would receive 12 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopters in a sale […]

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