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Close U.S.-Jordan intel ties revealed by NSA memo leaked by Snowden

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has developed a close intelligence relationship with Jordan. A classified memorandum by the U.S. National Security Agency disclosed an intimate relationship with Jordan’s intelligence community. The NSA memo, leaked by former CIA […]

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From Iron Dome to ‘Iron Spade’: Israeli contractors tasked with countering Hamas attack tunnels

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Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has selected two defense majors to develop a solution to Hamas and Hizbullah attack tunnels. Officials said the Defense Ministry has assigned two defense contractors to develop a comprehensive system that would detect […]

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Bahrain accuses Qatar buying loyalty of Sunni tribes

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain has declared an alert amid tension in the Gulf. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom has placed its military and security forces on alert amid concern of renewed Sunni unrest. The threat was said […]

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Egypt chooses Gulf state firms for $4 billion Suez expansion

Egypt is eyeing a 2016 completion date for its expansion of the Suez Cana.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has awarded contracts to Gulf Arab companies for the expansion of the Suez Canal. The Cairo government has awarded major contracts for the construction of a parallel canal in Suez to companies from several […]

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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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Egypt: Hamas built underground rocket sites in Sinai, anticipating Israeli invasion

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has determined that Hamas and its Palestinian allies established rocket launch sites in the northeastern section of the Sinai Peninsula. Egyptian security sources said Hamas and Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip have developed […]

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Iran says Israeli drone it downed was headed to Natanz nuclear site

Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran said it shot down an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle on its way to the uranium enrichment facility in Natanz. The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said the intercepted Israeli UAV was a radar-evading, stealth platform […]

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Could today’s South Korea fight off invaders as did its legendary Adm Yi?

Adm. Yi with his solders in “The Admiral: Roaring Currents.”

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Shots of the treacherously swirling seas off Korea’s southwestern coast in the film “Roaring Currents” — about an epic battle in which Adm. Yi Sun-sin’s iron-clad turtle boats withstood a Japanese fleet — conjure images of […]

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Iran showcases new missiles, reconnaissance drones

A handout picture released by the official website of the Iranian President, shows president Hassan Rowhani, center, and Iran's Defense Minister Hossein Dehqan, second right, visiting Iran's defense capabilities exhibition on Aug. 24 in Teheran.   /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has displayed what it termed were new missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. The Iranian Defense Ministry has presented two missiles and two UAVs in a ceremony attended by President Hassan Rowhani. Both UAVs displayed […]

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Iran — not the West — is first to supply weapons to Iraqi Kurds in war against ISIL

Iraqi Kurdish regional President Masoud Barzani, right, meets hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Zarif on Aug. 26.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran has become the first country to supply weapons to the Kurdish Regional Government. Officials said Iran marked the first country that provided arms and military equipment to KRG. They said the supply marked a […]

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