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U.S. military advisers learn they can no longer work with the Iraq Army

Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Special to WASHINGTON — Less than three years after its withdrawal, the United States has encountered significant obstacles in resuming training and coordination with Iraq’s military. Officials said the Defense Department and Joint Chiefs of Staff have concluded that […]

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Hizbullah joins the drone wars against ‘terrorists’ near Syria-Lebanon border

Hizbullah drone

Special to NICOSIA — The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has launched an unmanned aerial vehicle strike in Syria. Iran said several armed UAVs targeted Al Qaida’s Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant along the Syrian border with Lebanon. The […]

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‘Mainstream’ rebels in Syria require ‘urgent foreign assistance’

Free Syrian Army fighters.

Special to LONDON — Here’s how the Sunni world views the so-called U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant: Washington will form an unofficial alliance with Iran in the Middle East and rehabilitate Syria’s Assad. ISIL […]

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Western energy majors return to Egypt

Egyptian Petroleum Ministry

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has signed energy deals with Western majors as well as Tunisia. The Egyptian Petroleum Ministry said the Cairo government signed crude oil and natural gas exploration contracts worth $187 million with companies from Canada, […]

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Egyptian Air Force transport crashes during exercise

Egyptian Air Force C-130

Special to CAIRO — An Egyptian Air Force air transport has crashed in an exercise. The military said an air transport crashed during an exercise on Sept. 21 in the Fayoum province. At least six people were said to […]

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Iran-backed militants shut down airport, capital of U.S.-backed Yemen

Rebel leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi

Special to CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have intensified their drive against the Western-backed government in Yemen. Fighters from the Shi’ite Al Houthi movement have been attacking government buildings in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The rocket attacks have […]

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ISIL motorcycle gangs ambush Lebanese Army units near Syrian border

ISIL fighters in Tabqa, Syria.

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has escalated its military campaign in Lebanon. Officials said ISIL along with its rival Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant has been operating squads along the […]

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Doomsday: UN’s 69th General Assembly meets amid ‘unprecedented crisis and troubles’


By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the UN. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. […]

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After early support for ISIL, Turkey now finds itself focusing on homeland security

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey,  on Sept. 8. / Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, faced with insurgency infiltration from at least three neighbors, has sought to invest in homeland security. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved plans to expand procurement of systems that would protect critical facilities in […]

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Israel plans high tech fence along Jordan border to degrade ISIL infiltration

Israeli guards near the Allenby Bridge across the Jordan River.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has prioritized a project to build a high tech barrier along the border with Jordan. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking resources to complete a barrier of some 400 […]

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