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War without end: A dream come true for North Korea and arms merchants everywhere

A rocket is fired towards Israel from the northern Gaza Strip on July 11.  /Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Rocketing, bombing and bloodshed in the Middle East from Gaza to Syria and Iraq provide a bonanza for the world’s arms-manufacturers, none more than the North Koreans and the Americans. For North Korea, […]

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ISIL on outskirts of Baghdad with ‘sleeper cells throughout the city’

The Iraqi military is reportedly building fortifications near the capital, Baghdad, to repel potential attacks by ISIL.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has established positions in and around the Iraqi capital. Iraqi security sources said ISIL has reached the outskirts of Baghdad from several directions. They said ISIL was surrounding […]

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Judge approves Iraq’s request that U.S. seize Kurdish oil

Kurdish oil tanker

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, upon request from Iraq, has been directed to seize a shipment of crude oil from Kurdistan. A U.S. judge in Texas ruled that a cargo of 1 million barrels of Kurdish crude […]

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U.S. bans flights to 6 countries that pose threats to passenger jets

American Airlines Boeing 777.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The U.S. government has issued a sweeping ban on international passenger jets in the skies of 6 countries that pose danger to the safety of the flights. The six countries are Ukraine, Ethiopia, Iraq, Libya, […]

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Iraq forms brigades of Sunnis, Kurds in bid to take back Mosul

Iraqi Army forces clash with ISIL fighters west of Mosul.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has formed units to recapture a key city from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki has approved the formation of units meant to contain […]

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Gen. Odierno: Politicized chain of command led to Iraq Army’s collapse

U.S. Army commander Gen. Raymond Odierno

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Iraq’s military has lost confidence in its command. A leading U.S. commander said the Iraq Army collapsed because of a loss of loyalty and confidence. U.S. Army commander Gen. Raymond Odierno said the politicization of […]

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ISIL morphs into ‘full-blown army’: U.S. intel claims ‘we did see this coming’

Brett McGurk, deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran at the U.S. Department of State, testified at a House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing on July 23.  /CNSNews.co/Penny Starr

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has revised its assessment and now regards Islamic State of Iraq and Levant as a military force. The administration of President Barack Obama has told Congress that ISIL was transformed from what […]

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ISIL gains in Iraq are forcing the issue: Is U.S.-Iran cooperation inevitable?

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Fariborz Saremi The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant’s (ISIL) extraordinary gains in much of Iraq have upset the geopolitical apple cart in the region. It has called into question both the value of the […]

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Outgoing Marine commandant on Iraq: ‘It breaks your heart’ and ‘they’re not done with us’

Gen. James Amos

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has seen nearly a decade of work in Iraq go down the drain. A leading U.S. military commander has asserted that the collapse of Iraq by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Iraq’s ambassador makes case for ‘precision U.S. air attacks’ as ISIL threatens oil, Jordan

Iraqi Ambassador to the United States Lukman Faily

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Iraq has appealed to the United States for air strikes on Al Qaida. Iraq’s ambassador to the United States has urged the administration of President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. military intervention. Iraqi ambassador Lukman […]

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