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ISIL offensive in Bekaa Valley turns Christian village into ghost town

Ras Baalbek

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted a key route to Lebanon. Officials said ISIL has recruited hundreds of fighters to control a key route from Syria to Lebanon. They said the effort included […]

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Ukraine crisis overlooked amid Mideast turmoil: ‘Onus is on Russia’


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While America seems transfixed on a spate of six separate Middle East crises, there’s been far less attention paid on the brewing storm in Europe. Thus as politico/military efforts are […]

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Ansar, backed by ISIL, goes on rampage in northern Sinai

Scene of attacks in El Arish: "The attacks were meant to show that the terrorists could still operate in northern Sinai."

Special to CAIRO — Egypt’s largest insurgency group, which sustained major losses over the last year, has launched major strikes in the Sinai Peninsula. Ansar Beit Maqdis, now part of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, conducted a series […]

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War and peace, then and now

Don Kirk on a truck with South Vietnamese soldiers on route one,  1972.

Special to By Donald Kirk, In sunny Florida, while storms and blizzards rage in the American Northeast, old war correspondents from our days in Vietnam and Cambodia talk about those days of fighting in the jungles, of going […]

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Administration bans Kurdish leaders fighting ISIL, in deference to Turkey

President Barack Obama and Turkey's President Recep Erdogan. /  Reuters

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has banned Kurdish leaders who fought Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Two U.S. lawmakers have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to drop the ban against leaders of the Democratic […]

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Kurdistan plans to increase capacity of oil pipeline to Turkey

Special to ANKARA — The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to increase the capacity of its crude oil pipeline. Officials said KRG would increase pipeline capacity to 400,000 barrels per day by early 2015, Middle East Newsline reported. They said […]

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U.S. negotiates its continuing military presence with pro-Iran rebels in Yemen

U.S. Embassy Yemen

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged consultations with Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels who seized power from the pro-U.S. government in Yemen. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has contacted Ansar Allah, the Shi’ite movement that […]

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Tensions rising on Golan Heights as Hizbullah attack kills two Israeli soldiers

Smoke rises in southern Lebanon on Jan. 28. / Reuters

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel faces an Iranian-sponsored war of attrition from Lebanon and Syria. Officials said the government and military were bracing for the prospect of a sustained Iranian campaign to destabilize Israel’s borders with Lebanon and […]

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Jordan set to be first nation to offer ISIL hostage swap

Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Al Kaseasbeh, left, and Sajida Al Rishawi. / AP

Special to AMMAN — Jordan has become the first country to offer a prisoner exchange with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Hashemite kingdom said it was ready to release a woman on death row for a Royal […]

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Obama’s legacy of retreat, shame, and betrayal has tainted a great nation

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “Weakness is provocative.”

Special to By Billy and Karen Vaughn President Obama’s State of the Union speech was yet another glaring reminder of just how out of touch he is with reality and the true threat of radical Islam on the West. […]

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