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Iran-backed militants shut down airport, capital of U.S.-backed Yemen

Rebel leader Abdul Malik Al Houthi

Special to CAIRO — Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels have intensified their drive against the Western-backed government in Yemen. Fighters from the Shi’ite Al Houthi movement have been attacking government buildings in the Yemeni capital of Sanaa. The rocket attacks have […]

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ISIL motorcycle gangs ambush Lebanese Army units near Syrian border

ISIL fighters in Tabqa, Syria.

Special to NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has escalated its military campaign in Lebanon. Officials said ISIL along with its rival Nusra Front for the Defense of the Levant has been operating squads along the […]

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Doomsday: UN’s 69th General Assembly meets amid ‘unprecedented crisis and troubles’


By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Presidents, prime ministers, kings and potentates are gathering in New York for the 69th General Assembly of the UN. But as diplomats come together for the annual general debate which begins on Sept. […]

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After early support for ISIL, Turkey now finds itself focusing on homeland security

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey,  on Sept. 8. / Reuters

Special to ANKARA — Turkey, faced with insurgency infiltration from at least three neighbors, has sought to invest in homeland security. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved plans to expand procurement of systems that would protect critical facilities in […]

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Israel plans high tech fence along Jordan border to degrade ISIL infiltration

Israeli guards near the Allenby Bridge across the Jordan River.

Special to TEL AVIV — Israel has prioritized a project to build a high tech barrier along the border with Jordan. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seeking resources to complete a barrier of some 400 […]

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


By Donald Kirk, 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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Hamas announcement confirm renewed tunnel operations against Israel

Hamas tunnels

Special to GAZA CITY — Less than a month after its 50-day war, Hamas acknowledged renewed tunnel operations against Israel. Hamas said it oversaw attack tunnel operations in the Gaza Strip. On Sept. 18, Hamas reported the death of […]

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

Mufid Elfgeeh

Special to 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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Egypt gets ‘appropriate’ price for 65 percent of its fuel from UAE

UAE tanker

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has signed an agreement that makes it dependent on fuel from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has been deemed a leading ally of Egypt and over the last year relayed more than $5 […]

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Return of the contractors: Pentagon eyes private sector to back Iraq Army

U.S. contractors in Iraq in 2008.  /Gervasio Sanchez/AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States, nearly three years after its withdrawal, has turned to private military contractors to help the Iraq Army. The U.S. Army has launched a search for contractors that could support military operations in […]

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