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U.S. now confirms ISIL stole and has deployed surface-to-air missiles

Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. / Susan Walsh / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant deployed surface-to-air missiles. The Defense Department has determined that ISIL achieved limited air defense capability. Officials said ISIL acquired the weapons from Iraqi […]

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Report: Russia, Iran running joint war room in Iraq against ISIL

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft. /  Vyacheslav / AFP via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Lebanese daily Al Mustaqbal reported that Iran and Russia were operating a […]

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Centcom: Iraq Army 18 months away from regaining lost territory

U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III at a media briefing at the Pentagon on Oct. 17. / Adrian Cadiz / Defense Department

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that the Iraqi military would require more than a year to regain offensive capability. Officials said the U.S. military’s Central Command concluded that the Iraq Army was moving slowly toward […]

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Turkey’s war on Kurdish protesters boosts firm owned by Erdogan ally

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Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Kurdish unrest has bolstered the fortunes of a Turkish armored vehicle producer. The expanded use by the Turkish police and security forces of riot control vehicles has sent stocks of producer Katmerciler Ekipman rising rapidly […]

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Iran pipeline set to deliver gas for Iraq by early 2015

IranPipelineToIraq

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran is preparing to launch a natural gas pipeline to Iraq. Officials said Iran was advancing in plans to open a 97-kilometer section of a gas pipeline. They said the 48-inch pipeline would deliver gas […]

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Gulf Arab allies ask U.S. to stop talking about their role in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has stopped providing details of Arab participation in the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners in the coalition against ISIL no longer wanted Washington to release […]

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ISIL says its latest U.S. weapons were donations: ‘Spoils of war for the holy warriors’

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant continues to gain control of advanced U.S. weapons. ISIL said it captured U.S. military equipment in northern Syria. The equipment, dropped by U.S. Air Force planes, was meant for […]

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U.S. set to sell emergency ammo for Iraq’s remaining U.S. tanks

Newly-arrived U.S. Abrams tanks in Iraq in 2011.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States plans to sell munitions for Iraq’s main battle tank fleet which sustained heavy losses to the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant this summer.. The State Department has approved an Iraqi request […]

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U.S. strikes destroy scores of estimated 2,500 tanks stolen by ISIL in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported the destruction of scores of main battle tanks captured by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Many of the tanks were reportedly of U.S. origin. Officials said U.S.-led air strikes […]

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Report: ISIL forming air force with captured fighter jets, choppers

Iraq MiG-21s.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian opposition has asserted that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant formed an air combat fleet. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL captured fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from Iraq and Syria […]

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