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Live-fire exercises deemed too dangerous for rebels trained to fight ISIL

Free Syrian Army (FSA) fighters fire a mortar on July 9.  / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey and the United States have decided to refrain from training Syrian rebels with live fire. Officials said Ankara and Washington have drafted a training program for thousands of Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State […]

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Report: ISIL forming air force with captured fighter jets, choppers

Iraq MiG-21s.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian opposition has asserted that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant formed an air combat fleet. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said ISIL captured fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft from Iraq and Syria […]

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Kurds blame Erdogan for tolerating ISIL presence in S. Turkey

Kurdish protesters gathered in front of a hospital to which Bagdu was rushed after being shot on Oct. 14. / DHA Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was believed to have established an operational presence in southern Turkey. Kurdish sources said ISIL was operating in southern Turkey against refugees from Syria. They said ISIL squads were […]

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UN peace-keeping force in Syria’s Golan Heights has essentially vanished

U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) vehicles leaving Golan Heights for Israel on Aug. 28. / Ronen Zvulun /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has acknowledged that little was left of its peace-keeping mission on Syria’s Golan Heights. Diplomats said attacks by Sunni rebels forced virtually all of the UN Disengagement Observer Force to abandon their […]

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‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort

Eric Prince

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military contractors to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading private military contractor during the U.S. occupation of Iraq asserted […]

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N.Y. Times confirms: There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq

Staff Sgt. James F. Burns in Baghdad in 2004, a week before discovering a Sarin shell. "They put a gag order on all of us." / Mohammed Uraibi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The New York Times reported on Oct. 14 that U.S. troops in Iraq had between 2004 and 2011 repeatedly encountered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Meanwhile, voters back home and the world at large had been repeatedly […]

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U.S. downplays Syrian chemical weapons issues and says Israel agrees

U.S. Assistant Defense Secretary Andrew Weber.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite concern from NATO allies, has decided to play down discrepancies in Syria’s chemical weapons program. Assistant Defense Secretary Andrew Weber said the Pentagon has determined that the regime of President Bashar […]

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Lexington Institute: Obama’s air strategy against ISIL ‘doomed’, Arab ground forces not ‘viable’

without a competent and compatible ground force, this 'comprehensive counter-terrorism strategy' is doomed," the Lexington Institute said.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S.-led air strikes, regardless of frequency, remain insufficient in stopping Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, a report said. The Lexington Institute asserted that the U.S.-led air campaign against ISIL failed to force a withdrawal […]

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Canada’s military joins U.S. in expanded NATO force against ISIL


Special to WorldTribune.com   WASHINGTON — Kuwait has agreed to host Canada’s military in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 9, Kuwait issued final approval to a Canadian request to deploy an unspecified number of troops […]

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Report: Turkey fears ISIL backlash, ‘will continue to put the brakes on’ military action

Syrian Kurds cross theTurkish border in droves as ISIL nears they Syrian city of Kobani.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Turkey has encountered a dilemma over whether to fight Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, a report said. The Brookings Institution asserted that Ankara remains uncertain over its role in the U.S.-led war against […]

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