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Report: U.S. commandos have killed 40 top ISIL operatives

ISIL second-in-command Haji Imam was killed by U.S. special forces in March.

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. commandos have killed at least 40 senior operatives for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a report said. Defense officials told The Daily Beast that among those killed by U.S. special operations forces have been […]

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U.S. used Israeli tactic to evacuate civilians before attack on ISIL

In a scene from a Combined Joint Task Force video, an Islamic State headquarters and financial facility at Mosul, Iraq, is targeted seconds before its destruction in a coalition airstrike.  /Combined Joint Task Force

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States took a page straight out of the Israeli playbook when it recently launched a “knock operation” to warn civilians of an impending airstrike on an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) target. The […]

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12-year-old Yazidi girl escapes after drugging ISIL captors’ tea

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Special to WorldTribune.com A resourceful Yazidi girl managed to escape her Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) captors after slipping sleeping pills into their tea, a report said. The 12-year-old girl and her 17-year-old aunt escaped after being held […]

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Reports: ISIL killing injured jihadists, selling organs on black market

ISIL jihadists in Mosul, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com With many of its revenue streams being cut off, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has resorted to killing its injured fighters and selling their organs on the black market, reports say. The terror organization is […]

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Aspirin for advanced cancer: Carter in Baghdad says ‘expect to see us doing more’

U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, left, and his Iraqi counterpart Khaled al-Obeidi review an honor guard during a welcome ceremony at the Ministry of Defense, Baghdad, Iraq, Monday, April 18.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. is sending more troops and attack helicopters to Iraq in preparation for the “end game” in Mosul against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. “We are looking to do […]

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ISIL’s home-made drones pose ‘valid potential threat’ to U.S. forces

Iraqi Sgt. Hussain Musa Kathum displays an ISIS drone he shot down in Anbar province.  /Iraqi Ministry of Defense

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) fleet of improvised drones may not have anywhere close to the power or precision of American drones but they pose a “valid potential threat,” a U.S. official said. ISIL uses […]

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U.S. deploys aircraft capable of disrupting ISIL’s communications

EA-6B Prowler

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States has introduced an aircraft for the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) that can disrupt communications and jam detonators for roadside bombs. A squadron of Marine EA-6B Prowlers has arrived at […]

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CENTCOM deploys B-52 bombers against ISIL

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation against the Islamic State.  /Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States has deployed B-52 bombers to join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In the first use of the Cold War-era bombers in the Middle East since the war in Afghanistan […]

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ISIL unleashes wave of bombings as Iraqi forces close in on Mosul

Special to WorldTribune.com As Iraqi forces advanced on its stronghold in Mosul, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) on April 4 carried out four bombings in separate locations that killed at least 29 people. At least 14 people were […]

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Gen. Dunford to Obama: Expand U.S. military presence in Iraq

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter, left, and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. . epa

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Pentagon will submit a proposal to U.S. President Barack Obama to increase the number of American troops in Iraq, the nation’s highest-ranking military officer said on March 25. “We have […]

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