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NATO increases Black Sea naval presence as Russia invades Ukraine

The USS Ross.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As Russia escalated tensions with Kiev and finally launched an invasion force, the U.S. and other NATO allies were beefing up naval presence in the Black Sea in an effort to muster a show of […]

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U.S. pledges $60 million to aid Tunisian Army’s war on terror

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved a plan to enhance Tunisia’s military. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama agreed to a $60 million package to support the Tunisian Army. They said the aid package […]

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U.S. backing called key for Qatar’s covert dealings with terror groups, Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin al Attiyah.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Qatar has become a major player in the Arab world because of its pro-Islamist policy and support by the United States, a report said. The Institute for National Security Studies asserted that Qatar […]

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U.S. sanctions Gaza terror group that declared support for ISIL

Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem has claimed responsibility for firing rockets from the Sinai Peninsula into southern Israel.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has sanctioned an Al Qaida-inspired group in the Gaza Strip that early this year declared support for the ISIL. The State Department has announced sanctions on the Mujahadin Shura Council in the […]

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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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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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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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U.S. confirms Egypt, UAE carried out air strikes on Libyan militias

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.  /AFP/Paul J. Richards

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has identified the United Arab Emirates as being behind air strikes on Libya. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama determined that the UAE Air Force operated fighter-jets in attacks on […]

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Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President

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Special to WorldTribune.com Billy and Karen Vaughn After finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who […]

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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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