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U.S. air strikes target ISIL drive to expand energy assets

U.S. air strikes are now targeting ISIL position in northern Syria. /  Technical Sergeant Kevin Wallace / Reuters / U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is acting to expand its energy assets in Syria, the cash flow from which has made it wealthiest terrorist organization in recent history. The attack came in wake of […]

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Turkey relents, allows some Kurdish forces to defend Kobane

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Syria to save a northern enclave from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 29, an 80-vehicle convoy by Kurdistan’s military entered Turkey and hours later reached […]

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U.S. warns Americans in Egypt of attacks by jihadists

U.E. Embassy in Cairo.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The United States has warned its nationals of Islamic attacks in Egypt. The U.S. embassy in Cairo said Americans could come under attack by Al Qaida-aligned insurgents. In a warning, the State Department’s Bureau of […]

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Military warns Israel: Iron dome won’t help against Hizbullah

A missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in Ashdodl, Israel in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012. / Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has warned that Iron Dome would be ineffective in any war against Hizbullah. Officials said the Israel Air Force would be unable to stop massive missile and rocket salvos by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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President Obama seen curtailing support for Israel after midterm elections

Goldberg wrote that 'relations between Israel and the United States were moving toward a "full-blown crisis.' / Atlantic

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama was said to be preparing to end diplomatic support for Israel by 2015, according to a leading U.S. journalist. The journalist, who enjoys close ties to the White House, said the United […]

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Lockheed Martin launches production F-35A jet fighters at reduced costs

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has begun producing the fifth generation Joint Strike Fighter for several nations, including Britain, Israel, Italy, Japan and Norway. The Defense Department has reached agreement with L-M to launch low-rate initial production of […]

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Qatar emerging as top client for U.S. advanced military platforms despite radical ties

Qatar ordered 10 PAC-3 ballistic missile defense batteries

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Qatar became the leading U.S. defense client in 2014. Significantly, among the Gulf Arab states, Qatar has the closest ties with Iran, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials said Qatar ordered a third of U.S. […]

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Turkey exercises gear up for possible action in Syria

Turkish fighter jets took part in the exercises attended by Gen. Akun Ozturk. / HurriyetDailyNews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been exercising to conduct military operations in Syria. On Oct. 21, the Turkish Air Force conducted an exercise meant to monitor northern Syria, particularly the Tomb of Suleiman Sah some 40 kilometers from […]

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Concerned about rising energy consumption, Saudis bet billions on solar

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has been urged to invest in solar energy. A senior official said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom must develop solar power to halt the depletion of hydrocarbon reserves. The official, Hamed Al […]

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Victorious Iran-backed rebels demand control of U.S.-trained Yemen army

Al Houthi  rebel in Sanaa, Yemen. / Mohammed Hamoud/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have issued a new demand — control over the Yemeni military. The latest demand was issued as Al Houthi expanded their control over the capital Sanaa as well as provinces in northern […]

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