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ISIL’s Al Baghdadi flees Iraq for Syria as U.S. steps up air strikes

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The commander of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have fled Iraq amid U.S. air strikes on Kurdistan. Officials said ISIL commander Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi left his headquarters in the northern […]

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Iraqi Army tries, and fails in third bid to re-take Tikrit from ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army has launched a third campaign to capture a key northern city. The Army deployed several thousand soldiers and Shi’ite volunteers in an operation to drive out Islamic State of Iraq and Levant […]

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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells in the European Union in what could […]

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Kurds say ISIL won’t impact plans for increased oil output

The Taq Taq oil field in Iraq's autonomous Kurdish region.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq’s Kurdistan was expected to increase crude oil production in 2014. A leading operator said Kurdistan would register an increase of 140,000 barrels of oil at the largest-producing field in the autonomous northern Iraqi region. […]

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Central Command confirms ISIL operating U.S. armored personnel carriers in Iraq

U.S. MRAP captured by ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was operating an advanced armored personnel carrier captured in Iraq. U.S. Central Command cited the Mine Resistant-Ambush Protected vehicle, manufactured by Oshkosh […]

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Obama administration agrees to continue boosting Iraq air force

Iraq Air Force helicopters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved a project to sustain the Iraq Air Force. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama approved an Iraqi request for a $500 million program to train and maintain Baghdad’s […]

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ISIL establishing cells in Baghdad, aided by ex-Saddam security forces

ISIL fighters.  /AFP/HO/Welayat Salahuddin

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has established an operational presence on the outskirts of Iraq’s capital. Security sources said ISIL has been quietly moving cells near Shi’ite neighborhoods of Baghdad. They said ISIL […]

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Inefficiency, ISIL attacks seen crippling Iraqi oil exports

Basra oil terminal.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Energy exports from Iraq have been stuck by sabotage and poor planning. The International Energy Agency asserted that Iraqi crude oil exports were hampered by inefficiency at the loading terminal in Basra. In its monthly […]

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Who armed ISIL? Former Soviet bloc nations aided by Turkey, sources say

ISIL fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has received weapons shipments from the former East Bloc. Diplomatic sources said ISIL has been ordering anti-tank weapons, rockets, mortars, body armor and communications through fronts in Europe. […]

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Pentagon defines the mission: Airstrikes are for U.S. self defense, not taking out ISIL

Lt. Gen. William Mayville.  /DoD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has defined its military mission in northern Iraq. Officials said the U.S. air campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was limited to protecting American troops in northern Iraq. They […]

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