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U.S. begins recon missions over Syria, weighs attacks on ISIL strongholds

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, and Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /AP/Jacquelyn Martin

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been examining the feasibility of additional attacks on Al Qaida strongholds in Syria. Officials said President Barack Obama authorized air reconnaissance operations over Syria and was examining the prospect of additional […]

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U.S. revises intel on Al Qaida: Iran sent aid via Turkey to jihadists in Syria

An advertisement in Afghanistan about Iran-based Al Qaida financier Ezedin Abdel Aziz Khalil, also known as Yassin Al Suri.   /PAJHWOK/Ahmad Quraishi

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. alert of a mass-casualty strike on Independence Day marked a revised assessment of Al Qaida by the American intelligence community. Al Qaida is like the Internet: It can be moved anywhere as […]

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Gov. Perry: ‘Very real possibility’ ISIL has already exploited unsecured U.S. southern border

Texas Gov. Rick Perry

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has become concerned over the prospect of infiltration by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials have acknowledged that ISIL could honor its threat to attack the United States. They said […]

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U.S. belatedly reports rescue operation for U.S. hostages in Syria

U.S. President Barack Obama meets with members of the National Security Council for an update on Iraq in the Roosevelt Room of the White House August 18, 2014 in Washington, DC. Obama returned from his vacation in Martha's Vineyard to attend the briefing which included (L-R) White House Counsel Neil Eggleston; Counselor to the President John Podesta; Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Obama, Deputy National Security Adviser Tony Blinken; Homeland Security Advisor Lisa Monaco and Assistant Deputy Director for Intelligence Integration at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence Michael Dempsey.  /Win McNamee/Getty Images North America

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has reported a failed military operation in Syria. The White House said U.S. special operations forces were sent to Syria to rescue American hostages of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials […]

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U.S. identifies top ISIL leaders

Abu Mohammed Al Adnani

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has identified top operatives of Al Qaida movements in Iraq and Syria. The State Department has designated two leading Al Qaida operatives for sanctions. The two were identified as Abu Mohammed Al […]

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Strangely shifting alliances: Vietnam today, North Korea later?

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey and Vietnamese Chief of General Staff of the Army, Lt. Gen. Do Ba Ty in Hanoi, Vietnam on Aug. 14.  /Tran Van Minh/AP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com History is full of such twists, turn and reversals. What are we to think of an American four-star general, medals and ribbons dripping from his chest, showing up in Hanoi talking up the idea of the […]

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Sen. Cruz: ‘Why is President Obama selling AMRAAM missiles to Turkey but blocking Hellfires for Israel?’

Sen. Ted Cruz

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, despite concern from Congress, has defended arms sales to Turkey. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama would maintain U.S. weapons exports to Turkey amid concerns that the NATO ally was […]

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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells in the European Union in what could […]

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Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace and chased it into Swedish airspace. The incident barely registered as a […]

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Egypt’s Sisi calls on Congress to renew military aid, faults West for Libya’s collapse

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi meets with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has urged the United States to support the Arab state’s counter-insurgency campaign. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi called on Washington to renew support for the CI campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaida. […]

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