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Lebanon Army captures hundreds of suspected ISIL fighters in Bekaa Valley refugee camp

Lebanese troops near the Syrian border on Aug. 28. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Lebanese Army has battled Islamic State of Iraq and Levant in what resulted in scores of casualties and injuries in the Bekaa Valley. Officials said at least 40 Islamic fighters and Lebanese soldiers were […]

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U.S. hit ISIL refineries producing $2 million per day


Special to WorldTribune.com from WASHINGTON — The United States has targeted crude oil refineries in Syria held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the U.S. Air Force and Arab allies attacked 12 mobile oil refineries operated […]

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Turkey’s strategic reliability as a NATO ally has become questionable at best

Air base in Incirlik, Turkey.

Special to WorldTribune.com Dr. Harry Dinella, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Increasing Turkish divergence from U.S., European Union, and Western strategic objectives has given urgency to Western military planning as to how to compensate for the probable lack of access in […]

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Refugees could flood Israel from Jordan, Syria as ISIL expands

Syrian refugees.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel faces a wave of Arab refugees. Israeli analysts have warned that the Jewish state could be flooded by refugees from neighboring Jordan and Syria. They said the expansion of Islamic State of Iraq […]

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The U.S. is at war again, only this time it’s different; Really?

U.S. bombs Cambodia for the first time, Mar 18, 1969.

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The eyes of the world are upon the new U.S. war in Syria and Iraq, and that’s not just because people want to know how or whether aerial bombardments and missile strikes are really […]

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Gulf Arab jet fighters joined U.S. strikes on ISIL, Khorasan targets

U.S. Department of Defense video shows a U.S. airstrike on an ISIL target in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States said Arab militaries have joined in operations against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said at least five Arab states participated or supported air strikes against ISIL in Syria on […]

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Syrian jet fighter entering Israeli air space ordered shot down after ‘full minute’

A Syrian fighter jet is seen in flames after it was hit by the Israeli military over the Golan Heights.  /AFP/Jalaa Marey

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has downed the first Syrian Air Force fighter-jet in nearly 30 years. The Israel Air Force said it shot down a Russian-origin Su-24 combat aircraft on Sept. 23 over the Golan Heights. The […]

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Hizbullah joins the drone wars against ‘terrorists’ near Syria-Lebanon border

Hizbullah drone

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah has launched an unmanned aerial vehicle strike in Syria. Iran said several armed UAVs targeted Al Qaida’s Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant along the Syrian border with Lebanon. The […]

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‘Mainstream’ rebels in Syria require ‘urgent foreign assistance’

Free Syrian Army fighters.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com LONDON — Here’s how the Sunni world views the so-called U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant: Washington will form an unofficial alliance with Iran in the Middle East and rehabilitate Syria’s Assad. ISIL […]

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ISIL motorcycle gangs ambush Lebanese Army units near Syrian border

ISIL fighters in Tabqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has escalated its military campaign in Lebanon. Officials said ISIL along with its rival Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant has been operating squads along the […]

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