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Obama team’s reaction to ISIL offensive got Hagel fired

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, resigns at the White House yesterday. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has claimed its first high-level political casualty. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been forced to resign amid his disagreement over the war against ISIL in […]

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Congress giving extra scrutiny to new Iraq military requests

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 — Congress, skeptical of the military’s ability, has been closely examining Iraqi’s request for combat platforms. Congressional sources said the House and Senate were Iraq’s requests for main battle tanks and armored fighting vehicles. They said […]

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U.S. urges Iraq to make use of the military aircraft it bought

An Iraqi C-130J.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has urged Iraq to use its new military aircraft in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Washington was pressing the Iraq Air Force to begin using its […]

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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Iraq losing billions in oil exports after ISIL captured pipeline

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has been losing billions of dollars because of a halt in crude oil exports. The Oil Ministry said Baghdad was losing $1.2 billion per month, or 27 percent of projected revenues, amid the suspension […]

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Border alert — Saudi Arabia: Military expands buffer zone with Iraq

Saudi border guards in training exercise. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has expanded a buffer zone along the kingdom’s border with Iraq. Officials said the Saudi military has overseen the establishment of a security barrier to protect against Islamic insurgency infiltration along the […]

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ISIL car bomb reaches ‘first line of security’ at Baghdad Airport

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — After months of efforts, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has begun attacks on Baghdad International Airport. Officials said a car bomb exploded in a parking lot outside Baghdad International Airport and five people were […]

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U.S. approves $700 million in military sales to Iraq following catastrophic reverses

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 — The United States has approved additional military sales to Iraq despite devastating failures by the Iraqi military this summer which resulted in the surrender to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant of U.S. origin military platforms. […]

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Kurdistan stiff arms ISIL, continues oil exploration

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has failed to stop energy exploration in Iraq’s Kurdistan. The Kurdistan Regional Government has overseen the development of light oil reserves in northern Iraq. The autonomous government has been […]

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Back to Iraq: Obama more than doubles U.S. military presence

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has decided to more than double the U.S. military presence in Iraq after presiding over its total withdrawal in 2011. The Defense Department said it would send another 1,500 troops to advise […]

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