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Jordan set to be first nation to offer ISIL hostage swap

Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Al Kaseasbeh, left, and Sajida Al Rishawi. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has become the first country to offer a prisoner exchange with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Hashemite kingdom said it was ready to release a woman on death row for a Royal […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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ISIL tests Jordan defenses with clashes along borders with Iraq, Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been approaching Jordan. Officials said the Hashemite kingdom was on alert for an ISIL presence along Jordan’s borders with Iraq and Syria. They said ISIL was trying to […]

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Jordan reinforces troops along 378-km border with Syria

Jordanian soldier at the northern border with Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan, concerned over Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, has reinforced its northern border with Syria. Jordan was said to have been alarmed by reports that ISIL was operating in southern Syria near the border […]

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U.S. grants reprieve on aid to Egypt after lobbying from Saudis, Israel, Jordan, UAE

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, after withholding military aid for more than a year, has granted a reprieve to Egypt. Congress has passed a spending bill that revises U.S. civilian and military assistance to Egypt. Under the […]

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Report: U.S. holds Al Qaida chief said to have played role in Benghazi attack

Abel Basset Azouz. / Milliyet

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The United States has reportedly gained custody of Al Qaida’s chief in Libya. A prominent Turkish newspaper reported that Abel Basset Azouz was arrested in northwestern Turkey in November 2014 as he tried to enter […]

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Role of Gulf state pilots said marginal to ineffective in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Gulf Arab partners have conducted a tiny portion of air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners have conducted less than 15 percent of air strikes on ISIL in Iraq […]

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War Council: U.S. plots an expansion of the war on ISIL at ‘historic’ gathering

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States is working to expand coalition operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The military’s Central Command has launched a military planning conference to determine doctrine and methods to defeat ISIL in […]

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Gulf Arab allies ask U.S. to stop talking about their role in war on ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has stopped providing details of Arab participation in the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners in the coalition against ISIL no longer wanted Washington to release […]

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Jordan bolsters northern border, arrests 100 ISIL suspects

Jordanian soldier at the northern border with Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has reported bolstering security along its northern border with Syria. The government said authorities were focusing efforts on protecting the border with Syria from insurgency infiltration. Officials said the northern frontier was regarded as […]

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