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U.S. now confirms ISIL stole and has deployed surface-to-air missiles

Pentagon press secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby. / Susan Walsh / AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant deployed surface-to-air missiles. The Defense Department has determined that ISIL achieved limited air defense capability. Officials said ISIL acquired the weapons from Iraqi […]

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Egypt sends special forces to the Sinai to protect strategic sites

Egypt's rapid deployment forces heads to Sinai on Oct. 27. / Egypt Army / Mohamed Samir

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has sent elite combat units to the Sinai Peninsula. The Egyptian military said it airlifted special operations forces to Sinai in wake of the killing of 33 soldiers on Oct. 24. The military said […]

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U.S. air strikes target ISIL drive to expand energy assets

U.S. air strikes are now targeting ISIL position in northern Syria. /  Technical Sergeant Kevin Wallace / Reuters / U.S. Air Force

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant is acting to expand its energy assets in Syria, the cash flow from which has made it wealthiest terrorist organization in recent history. The attack came in wake of […]

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Turkey relents, allows some Kurdish forces to defend Kobane


Special to ANKARA — Turkey has allowed Kurdish forces to enter Syria to save a northern enclave from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On Oct. 29, an 80-vehicle convoy by Kurdistan’s military entered Turkey and hours later reached […]

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U.S. warns Americans in Egypt of attacks by jihadists

U.E. Embassy in Cairo.

Special to CAIRO — The United States has warned its nationals of Islamic attacks in Egypt. The U.S. embassy in Cairo said Americans could come under attack by Al Qaida-aligned insurgents. In a warning, the State Department’s Bureau of […]

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Military warns Israel: Iron dome won’t help against Hizbullah

A missile is launched from the Iron Dome defense system in Ashdodl, Israel in response to a rocket launched from Gaza Strip on Nov. 18, 2012. / Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel’s military has warned that Iron Dome would be ineffective in any war against Hizbullah. Officials said the Israel Air Force would be unable to stop massive missile and rocket salvos by the Iranian-sponsored […]

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Egyptian intelligence links Hamas to major Sinai attack

Egypt's President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi, far left, and other officials follow a soldier carrying medals of troops killed in Friday's attack in the Sinai Peninsula. / AP / MENA)

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has again linked Hamas to the revolt in the Sinai Peninsula. Officials said the Egyptian intelligence agency has determined that Hamas was either aiding or allowing Palestinian fighters to join the revolt in Sinai. […]

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Report: Competition for Qatari funds breeds ‘greater levels of violence’ in Jerusalem

Israeli police at scene of car attack in Jerusalem on Oct. 22. / Abir Sultan / EPA

Special to JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian movements have been competing for funds from Qatar, a report said. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that Fatah and Hamas were vying for support from Qatar. In a report, the center […]

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Report: Russia, Iran running joint war room in Iraq against ISIL

A Russian Sukhoi Su-25 'Frogfoot' ground attack aircraft. /  Vyacheslav / AFP via Getty Images

Special to NICOSIA — Iran and Russia were said to have been operating a war room in Iraq to block Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Lebanese daily Al Mustaqbal reported that Iran and Russia were operating a […]

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Centcom: Iraq Army 18 months away from regaining lost territory

U.S. Central Command commander Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III at a media briefing at the Pentagon on Oct. 17. / Adrian Cadiz / Defense Department

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that the Iraqi military would require more than a year to regain offensive capability. Officials said the U.S. military’s Central Command concluded that the Iraq Army was moving slowly toward […]

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