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Return of the contractors: Pentagon eyes private sector to back Iraq Army

U.S. contractors in Iraq in 2008.  /Gervasio Sanchez/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, nearly three years after its withdrawal, has turned to private military contractors to help the Iraq Army. The U.S. Army has launched a search for contractors that could support military operations in […]

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China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices

A J-15 fighter jet is slowed by an arresting device as it lands on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.  /Li Tang/China Daily

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese government sources are feverishly dismissing news account that at least two of its PLA pilots were killed on the deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier Liaoning while test flying carrier-capable combat aircraft. China’s sensitivity and […]

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Kurdish forces say they killed ISIL military commander near Mosul

Kurdish fighters in Iraq.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Kurdistan has claimed the killing of the military commander of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the Kurdish Regional Government confirmed the death of ISIL military chief Abu Abdullah in heavy fighting […]

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Warring U.S. missile defense advocacy groups differ on Iron Dome’s effectiveness

Israel's Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 8, 2014.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A leading U.S. industry group has touted Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance countered assertions by U.S. scientists that Iron Dome failed in the 50-day war against Hamas. […]

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Power struggle between Kim’s top two aides noted by North Korea watchers

Hwang Pyong-So, left, and Kim Wong-Hong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The bitter rivalry between Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Wong-Hong, two of North Korea’s most powerful leader under Kim Jong-Un, has emerged in the wake of fierce competitions to win much-needed foreign currency. The […]

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Obama plans for expanded war against ISIL called ‘geopolitical whack-a-mole’

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing to expand its military role in Iraq and Syria. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has drafted plans for combat operations in both Iraq and Syria as […]

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ISIL, in first, shoots down Syrian fighter jet

An ISIL fighter sits in a truck with an anti-aircraft gun.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has demonstrated anti-aircraft capabilities in Syria. The Syrian opposition said ISIL shot down a Syrian fighter jet over the northern city of Raqqa. The Syrian Observatory for […]

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iPhone6 on hold in China where ‘economic nationalism’ is on the rise

Apple has delayed the launch of the iPhone 6 in China.  /Bloomberg News

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com One of the big surprises of the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone6 is that China — Apple’s biggest market — is not among the eight countries where the smartphone will be first put on sale. […]

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U.S. continues jet fuel sales to Israel despite cooling strategic ties

Israeli F-15

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite a halt in sales of some military systems, continued to export jet fuel to the Israel Air Force. The Defense Department has awarded two contracts for fuel to the Israel Air […]

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Tunisia captures Al Qaida-linked terror cell with large weapons stockpile

Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Laroui

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has foiled a military cell linked to Al Qaida. The Interior Ministry said security forces nabbed 12 suspected insurgents believed linked to Al Qaida-aligned Ansar Al Sharia in Libya. The ministry said Ansar amassed […]

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