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


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

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

Special to WorldTribune.com 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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Warring U.S. missile defense advocacy groups differ on Iron Dome’s effectiveness

Israel's Iron Dome air-defense system fires to intercept a rocket over the city of Ashdod on July 8, 2014.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A leading U.S. industry group has touted Israel’s Iron Dome missile and rocket defense system. The Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance countered assertions by U.S. scientists that Iron Dome failed in the 50-day war against Hamas. […]

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U.S. sends more troops, pledges $25 million in military aid to Baghdad, Kurds

Defense Department spokesman John Kirby.  /DoD Photo by Glenn Fawcett

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has pledged a more aggressive military deployment in Iraq. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama has approved a more than 50 percent increase in the number of U.S. troops in […]

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ISIL hit U.S. F-15 with anti-aircaft batteries captured from Iraq

ISIL fighters on top of a captured military vehicle with anti-aircraft guns in Raqqa, Syria.  /Raqqa Media Center/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been operating anti-aircraft batteries stolen from the Iraqi military. Officials said the U.S. military has determined that ISIL deployed an unspecified number of anti-aircraft artillery to counter Western […]

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Despite ISIL advance, U.S. still weighs F-16 commitment to Iraq

"The question being explored is whether there are other facilities that can house the aircraft at least temporarily," a U.S. official said.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama is still planning delivery of the first F-16 multi-role fighters to Iraq. Officials said after months of delay the Defense Department and other agencies were examining the feasibility […]

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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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Obama order new aid, more troops to Iraq for fight against ISIL

A US State Department helicopter flies over Baghdad on Sept. 10.  /AFP/Brendan Smialowski

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — On the day of his major policy address on the new terrorism crisis, President Barack Obama directed the State Department to transfer $25 million in military aid to Iraq to fight Islamic State of Iraq […]

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