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Return of the contractors: Pentagon eyes private sector to back Iraq Army

U.S. contractors in Iraq in 2008.  /Gervasio Sanchez/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, nearly three years after its withdrawal, has turned to private military contractors to help the Iraq Army. The U.S. Army has launched a search for contractors that could support military operations in […]

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Kurdish forces say they killed ISIL military commander near Mosul

Kurdish fighters in Iraq.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Kurdistan has claimed the killing of the military commander of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the Kurdish Regional Government confirmed the death of ISIL military chief Abu Abdullah in heavy fighting […]

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Obama plans for expanded war against ISIL called ‘geopolitical whack-a-mole’

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing to expand its military role in Iraq and Syria. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has drafted plans for combat operations in both Iraq and Syria as […]

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France begins air recon missions in allied war against ISIL

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — France has begun conducting air operations over Iraq. Officials said the French Air Force carried out its first reconnaissance operations over northern Iraq. They said the missions began on Sept. 15 in support of […]

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U.S. sends more troops, pledges $25 million in military aid to Baghdad, Kurds

Defense Department spokesman John Kirby.  /DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has pledged a more aggressive military deployment in Iraq. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved a more than 50 percent increase in the number of U.S. troops in […]

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ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria.  /Raqqa Media Center/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been operating anti-aircraft batteries stolen from the Iraqi military. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL deployed an unspecified number of anti-aircraft artillery to counter Western […]

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Despite ISIL advance, U.S. still weighs F-16 commitment to Iraq

"The question being explored is whether there are other facilities that can house the aircraft at least temporarily," a U.S. official said.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama is still planning delivery of the first F-16 multi-role fighters to Iraq. Officials said after months of delay the Defense Department and other agencies were examining the feasibility […]

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ISIL’s conquests make it a magnet for foreign jihadists, from China to Russia

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has succeeded in recruiting thousands of fighters over the last two months. The Syrian opposition asserted that ISIL has nearly doubled its foreign fighters contingent since the capture […]

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Obama order new aid, more troops to Iraq for fight against ISIL

A US State Department helicopter flies over Baghdad on Sept. 10.  /AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — On the day of his major policy address on the new terrorism crisis, President Barack Obama directed the State Department to transfer $25 million in military aid to Iraq to fight Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Pentagon: ‘ISIL realizes’ that against U.S. airpower, odds for survival are ‘nil’

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has refrained from targeting the commanders of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, but the Pentagon said air strikes against ISIL have been effective. Officials said the U.S. military has not […]

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