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Report: Hizbullah roadside bomb kills top ISIL operative

Syria Map Qalamoun

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Hizbullah is said to have killed a top operative of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant near the Syrian border with Lebanon. The Syrian opposition said Hizbullah targeted a leading member of ISIL in […]

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Turkey’s overlooked role in rise of latest ‘Islamic Caliphate’, and what’s coming next

Map released by ISIS.

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Much has been spewed forth about the seemingly inexorable and sudden rise, steeped in blood, of a chimeric new “state”, the so-called Islamic Caliphate. It has occupied land seized from […]

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U.S. begins recon missions over Syria, weighs attacks on ISIL strongholds

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been examining the feasibility of additional attacks on Al Qaida strongholds in Syria. Officials said President Barack Obama authorized air reconnaissance operations over Syria and was examining the prospect of additional […]

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Assad confirms ISIL has taken ‘full control’ of key Syrian province

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has captured the last military base in a northern Syrian province. ISIL has seized the Syrian Air Force base at Tabqa in a battle in which more than 500 […]

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ISIL’s Al Baghdadi flees Iraq for Syria as U.S. steps up air strikes

Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The commander of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have fled Iraq amid U.S. air strikes on Kurdistan. Officials said ISIL commander Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi left his headquarters in the northern […]

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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells in the European Union in what could […]

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Syrian rebels urge U.S. to stop ISIL advance on Aleppo

Free Syrian Army fighters shoot from behind a damaged car during an offensive against forces loyal to Bashar Assad in Aleppo.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Syria’s rebel movement has warned of a collapse amid the advance of the military and Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. The Western-backed opposition has urged the United States and other allies to stop […]

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Assad regime unleashes ‘intensive’ air strikes on ISIL forces in Syria

Syrian war plane.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian Air Force has conducted one of the most punishing air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Syrian Air Force attacked ISIL facilities in the northern city of Raqqa. The Syrian […]

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Syrian regime said cooperating with ISIL advance on rebel-held Aleppo

Syrian rebels north of Aleppo on Aug. 5.   /Ahmed Muhamed Ali/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has approached Syria’s largest city. Opposition sources said ISIL was capturing rebel-held towns in its advance toward Aleppo. They said ISIL, in what appeared to mark cooperation with […]

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Syrian rebels end hiatus, renew attacks on Assad forces in Damascus

Rebel fighters prepare to fire a weapon towards Assad regime forces.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — After nearly a year of quiet, Islamic rebel militias have renewed an offensive on Syria’s capital. Opposition sources said at least two rebel militias were conducting daily mortar and rocket fire on the regime of […]

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