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Gov. Perry: ‘Very real possibility’ ISIL has already exploited unsecured U.S. southern border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has become concerned over the prospect of infiltration by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials have acknowledged that ISIL could honor its threat to attack the United States. They said […]

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U.S. belatedly reports rescue operation for U.S. hostages in Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of the National Security Council for an update on Iraq in the Roosevelt Room of the White House August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama returned from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to attend the briefing which included (L-R) White House Counsel Neil Eggleston; Counselor to the President John Podesta; Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken; Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco and Assistant Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Michael Dempsey.  /Win McNamee/Getty Images North America

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported a failed military operation in Syria. The White House said U.S. special operations forces were sent to Syria to rescue American hostages of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials […]

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Guns of August: A century after , the U.S. is aloof

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By John J. Metzler VIENNA, Austria–The countdown started in Sarajevo in June 1914, the conflagration followed in August. The assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serb nationalist set in motion a series of events in which the great […]

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Hamas confirms Israeli air strike killed top military leaders

An Israeli air strike in Rafah on Aug. 19.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has eliminated much of Hamas’ military command. Hamas has acknowledged the killing of at least three members of the military command in an Israeli air strike. The air strike was one of several […]

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Palestinian Authority: Hamas arrested, shot activists during war with Israel

Palestinian Fatah supporters at an Aug. 4 protest.  /EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The Palestinian Authority has reported a Hamas crackdown on the Fatah movement in the Gaza Strip. PA officials said Hamas rounded up hundreds of Fatah activists amid the war with Israel. They said the activists […]

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Hamas claims first rocket attack on Israeli gas platform in Mediterranean

A drilling platform in the Tamar gas field.  /Albatross

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Hamas has reported its first attack on Israel’s offshore natural gas infrastructure. Hamas said it fired two rockets toward an Israeli gas installation in the Mediterranean Sea some 35 kilometers from the Gaza Strip. The […]

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ISIL’s Al Baghdadi flees Iraq for Syria as U.S. steps up air strikes

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The commander of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have fled Iraq amid U.S. air strikes on Kurdistan. Officials said ISIL commander Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi left his headquarters in the northern […]

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Israeli ministers weighing option of re-capturing Gaza: ‘No point in continuing’ diplomacy

Israeli Communications Minister Gilad Erdan

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel, unable to stop the Hamas war, has been examining whether it should re-capture the Gaza Strip. Senior ministers have raised the prospect that Israel must end Hamas’ seven-year rule over the Gaza Strip. They […]

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U.S. identifies top ISIL leaders

Abu Mohammed Al Adnani

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has identified top operatives of Al Qaida movements in Iraq and Syria. The State Department has designated two leading Al Qaida operatives for sanctions. The two were identified as Abu Mohammed Al […]

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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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