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The U.S. ‘pivot’ (‘pendulum’?) from the Mideast to Asia and now back

Economist

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The debate is so familiar. Should the United States plunge into a war in a region about which all too little is really understood? President Obama, having foresworn war, now is edging into a […]

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New York man charged for plotting to aid ISIL, target U.S. forces

Mufid Elfgeeh

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old man on charges of attempting to aid Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. A grand jury in Rochester, N.Y. returned a seven-count indictment against Mufid Elfgeeh on […]

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September 11 casts long shadow as Obama takes second look at ISIL

President Obama addresses ISIL threat on Sept. 10.  /Saul Loeb/Reuters

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Speaking in the somber shadow of the September 11th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America in 2001, President Barack Obama sought to stake out an ambitious military and political strategy to degrade […]

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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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Israel reports ISIL wooing its Arab population

Israeli police commander Inspector General Yohanan Danino

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has acknowledged a growing threat from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said police and domestic security agencies have detected increasing support for ISIL. The officials said young Muslim men, particularly in […]

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NATO prepares strategy, agrees defeat of ISIL could take years

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — NATO has determined that a Western-backed military coalition could take years to defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the United States and its allies concluded that the war against ISIL would require […]

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ISIL unleashes pure, uncomplicated Islam on unsuspecting, ‘shackled humanity’

SyriaISISTank

Special to WorldTribune.com “I studied the Koran a great deal … I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad”. […]

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Cash-flush ISIL ‘buying supporters’ in northern Morocco

ISIL fighters in Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has been quietly building a presence in Morocco. ISIL is believed to have established cells in several regions of Morocco. The Al Qaida-aligned movement is said to have […]

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U.S. sanctions Gaza terror group that declared support for ISIL

Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem has claimed responsibility for firing rockets from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has sanctioned an Al Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip that early this year declared support for the ISIL. The State Department has announced sanctions on the Mujahadin Shura Council in the […]

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Pentagon confirms ISIL captured tanks, building ‘faster’ military force

ISIL fighters drive tanks through Raqqa, Syria.  /Twitter

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an armored force. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community detected a presence of U.S. and Russian-origin armored vehicle platforms at […]

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