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Obama lifts ban, allows Egypt to buy Apache helicopters to counter Al Qaida

AH-64D Apache helicopters

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has reversed its position and will end the suspension of attack helicopter deliveries to Egypt. The administration of President Barack Obama said Egypt would receive 10 AH-64D attack helicopters from U.S. prime contractor Boeing. Officials said the administration determined that the Apaches, expected to arrive by May, […]

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Turkey sends military convoy with 300 troops into Syria to protect tomb

Suleyman Shah tomb

Special to ANKARA — Turkey has acknowledged military operations in Syria. Prime Minister Recep Erdogan said Turkish troops were sent to northern Syria to protect the tomb of Suleyman Shah. Erdogan said a military convoy was sent to the tomb, some 25 kilometers inside Syria and under Turkish sovereignty. “The job of our convoy […]

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Easing of sanctions allows Iran to double oil exports


Special to NICOSIA — Iran has reported a doubling of crude oil exports. Iranian Deputy Oil Minister Mansour Moazami said Teheran was overseeing the export of 1.2 million barrels of oil per day. Moazami said the exports exceeded government forecasts by 20 percent. “When the government took office, exports were around 700,000 barrels per […]

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Inspired by Arab Spring, Islamic Jihad’s young guard demands transparency

Islamic Jihad fighters

Special to LONDON — The Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad has been wracked by an internal feud. Palestinian sources said the Jihad leadership has confronted increasing unrest among the rank-and-file. They said the rank-and-file, particularly the younger members, were clamoring for elections and transparency. “For the younger members, it is inconceivable that after Arab Spring any […]

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Egypt: Strategic dialogue with U.S. on hold, pending ‘normal relations’

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmy.  /AP

Special to CAIRO — The United States has halted its strategic dialogue with Egypt. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has suspended what had been a vibrant strategic dialogue with Egypt. They said the dialogue included Egypt’s military and intelligence community. “We do not hold the strategic dialogue anymore,” Egyptian Foreign […]

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U.S. plans ‘more prominent’ role for United Arab Emirates amid tensions with Saudis

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel.  /AP/Susan Walsh

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States has intensified a defense dialogue with the United Arab Emirates. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama was focusing on expanding defense relations with the UAE amid the U.S. rift with Saudi Arabia. The officials said Washington was considering expanding the U.S. military presence in […]

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Egypt intel: Hamas provided Muslim Brotherhood safe haven in Gaza to plan terror ops

Egyptian Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has determined that Muslim Brotherhood fighters were receiving weapons and combat training in the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. Officials said the Egyptian intelligence community was tracing the flow of Brotherhood members to and from the Gaza Strip. The officials said the Brotherhood was granted at least two facilities in southern […]

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Israeli military plans to shield Christian Arab recruits from Muslim pressure

An Israeli recruit on his first day of military service gets a vaccine injection (photo credit: Moshe Shai/Flash90)

Read more: In Arab Israel, a battle over Christian conscription | The Times of Israel

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military  has been authorized to launch the recruitment of thousands of Christian Arabs. Until now, Christians volunteered for the military in a move that exposed them to a backlash by their Muslim neighbors. “Under these new arrangements, they will no longer have to submit their own enlistment request […]

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U.S., Yemen attacks kill 55 ‘leading and dangerous elements’ of Al Qaida

Yemenis look at a pickup truck after it was allegedly hit by a U.S. drone in Yemen's al-Bayda province on April 19.  /EPA

Special to CAIRO — Yemen and the United States have launched intense air strikes on Al Qaida. Officials said up to 55 Al Qaida fighters were killed in U.S. and Yemeni air strikes on insurgency camps in the Arab state. The officials said several Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula camps, which contained members […]

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Syrian attacks on rebels near Golan Heights puts Israel on alert


Special to NICOSIA — The Syrian military has launched air and artillery strikes on rebel strongholds in the Golan Heights, shared with Israel. The Syrian assault has sparked an alert in Israel. The Israel Air Force is said to have intensified operations to block any intrusion by Syrian aircraft. Opposition sources said the military […]

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