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Israel reports Hamas arsenal of 6,000 rockets includes long-range M-302s

Long-range M-302 rockets captured by Israel from a ship on the Red Sea in early 2014.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has detailed the Hamas missile and rocket arsenal during the war in mid-2014. The Israeli military said Hamas contained 6,000 rockets during the first stage of the 50-day war in July and August. […]

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Kurdish forces cite U.S. support is defeat of ISIL forces in Mosul

Kurdish forces in Mosul have made gains with the support of U.S. air strikes. / NBCnews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was said to have come under increasing military pressure around its headquarters in northern Iraq. Kurdish forces have claimed major gains around ISIL’s stronghold in Mosul. The Patriotic Union […]

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Saudis arrest 77 in ISIL network said coordinated from outside country

Scene of the attack in Al-Ahsa. At right, suspects in attack. / Arab News

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported the arrest of additional alleged members of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Interior Ministry said Saudi authorities arrested 77 people linked to ISIL. The ministry said the ISIL […]

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Obama team’s reaction to ISIL offensive got Hagel fired

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, resigns at the White House yesterday. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has claimed its first high-level political casualty. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has been forced to resign amid his disagreement over the war against ISIL in […]

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Now in control of Yemen’s capital, Iran-backed rebels named to key security positions

Iran-backed Houthi Shi'ite rebels with military vehicles captured at an army base in Sanaa on Sept, 22. / Mohammed Huwais /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The Shi’ite rebel movement, which controls most of Sanaa, has been appointed to senior posts in Yemen’s military and security forces. Officials said President Abbed Rabbo Mansour Hadi has approved the inclusion of members of […]

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Syrian rebels buy time, renew fight in Aleppo

Some residents have been unable to leave uninhabitable buildings in Aleppo. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Sunni rebels have resumed their offensive around the largest city in Syria. Opposition sources said Saudi-backed Islamic rebels launched major operations to disrupt Syrian military attacks around Aleppo. They said the campaign was led by […]

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U.S. urges Iraq to make use of the military aircraft it bought

An Iraqi C-130J.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has urged Iraq to use its new military aircraft in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Washington was pressing the Iraq Air Force to begin using its […]

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ISIL receives planeloads of arms at northern Iraq airport

Tal Afar in northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has detected air shipments of weapons to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading parliamentarian said ISIL was receiving planeloads of weapons from unspecified foreign suppliers. Hakim Zalmi, chairman of parliament’s Defense and […]

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Iraq losing billions in oil exports after ISIL captured pipeline

Kirkuk-Ceyhan pipeline.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has been losing billions of dollars because of a halt in crude oil exports. The Oil Ministry said Baghdad was losing $1.2 billion per month, or 27 percent of projected revenues, amid the suspension […]

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Hamas said activating Jerusalem cells as Israel rocked by synagogue massacre

Israelis near funeral of Aryeh Kopinsky, Calman Levine and Avraham Shmuel Goldberg in Jerusalem, Nov. 18. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has determined that Hamas activated operational cells in Jerusalem in advance of a bloody attack in a Jerusalem synagogue. Officials said the intelligence community has assessed that Hamas was activating operational cells based in […]

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