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

Economist

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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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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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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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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U.S. responds to Lebanon’s urgent arms appeal amid ISIL campaign

A Lebanese Army soldier inspects a weapon donated by the U.S. government to the Lebanese army during a ceremony at Beirut International Airport.  /Reuters/Mohamed Azakir

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Lebanon has received another shipment of U.S. weapons. The Beirut government said the United States shipped weapons and ammunition to the Lebanese Army on Sept. 6. This marked the second U.S. military shipment to Lebanon […]

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U.S. confirms air strike took aim at Shabab leader in Somalia

Shabab fighters in Somalia.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has targeted the commander of Al Qaida’s Shabab movement in Somalia. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community tracked Shabab chief Ahmed Abdul Mohammed to a camp south of the Somali capital of […]

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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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