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First major exercise by Hamas since war panics Israelis living near Gaza border

Hamas members with weapons on parade in Gaza City this week. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas, months after its war with Israel, has resumed major exercises in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas military conducted what was termed an infantry exercise along the Mediterranean coast on late Dec. 17. The […]

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One year after killing his uncle, Kim Jong-Un finds his vital ties with China are at risk

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has strengthened his power base at home since the dramatic purge of his uncle Jang Song-Thaek a year ago, officials here say. But Kim has yet […]

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ISIL regains ground it lost in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has reversed its losses in northern Iraq. Iraqi sources said ISIL recaptured areas lost in the Anbar province, the largest in the country. On Dec. 13, ISIL, which controls […]

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Putin’s ‘strategic’ deal with Turkey’s Erdogan could weaken NATO

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Beleaguered Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkey on Dec. 1 for a carefully planned and hyped state visit. The goal was to seal a wide range of “strategic deals” with the important […]

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Subversive technology? iPhones, Samsung smartphones — minus logos — popular with N. Korean elites

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — High-end U.S. and South Korean smartphones are penetrating North Korea, contributing to new and rapid information flows in the tightly-controlled society that could threaten the decades-long dictatorships, according to sources and […]

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‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military contractors to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading private military contractor during the U.S. occupation of Iraq asserted […]

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Obama envoy admits administration strategy failing to stop ISIL advance on Baghdad

John Allen, U.S. special presidential envoy for the global coalition to counter the Islamic State, at a press conference in Baghdad on Friday.  /AP Photo/Karim Kadim

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite intensified air strikes, has acknowledged significant gains by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. President Barack Obama’s envoy to the anti-ISIL coalition said ISIL continues to advance in Iraq. [Ret.] […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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Israel eyes Golan as U.S. increases pressure to join fight against ISIL

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been examining options to stop Islamist militias on the Golan Heights. Israeli sources said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was consulting with the military and intelligence community to determine measures […]

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