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Americans in the crosshairs: Pentagon balks at embedding advisers with Iraq units

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has warned that its presence in Iraq was in danger. A classified military assessment ordered by the administration of President Barack Obama determined that U.S. special operations forces could be targeted in […]

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Qatar acquires U.S. PAC-3s, Apache copters in $11 billion deal

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Qatar has signed agreements to acquire aircraft and missiles from the United States. The Gulf Cooperation Council emirate signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the PAC-3 air and missile defense […]

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U.S. military warns ISIS taking aim at Baghdad airport, Iraq’s lifeline

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has been bracing for an Al Qaida campaign to close down Iraq’s largest airport. U.S. military sources said they expect Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to target Baghdad […]

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Obama administration tracking Muslim candidates for military, Pentagon positions

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The administration of President Barack Obama has been identifying Muslims in the military in an effort to encourage their presence. Officials said the Defense Department has been keeping records and tracking Muslims. They said the […]

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Jordan orders U.S. anti-tank missiles as U.S. tanks captured by ISIS pose threat

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Jordan has ordered tactical anti-tank missiles from the United States as Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant presses attacks in the region with U.S.-origin tanks captured in Iraq. The Defense Department has […]

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U.S. has boots ‘on the ground’ in Iraq’s Kurdistan

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has established a military presence in Iraq’s autonomous region of Kurdistan. Officials said the Defense Department has overseen the arrival of more than 100 U.S. soldiers in Irbil, the capital of Kurdistan. […]

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U.S. F-16s to Iraq on hold amid ISIL siege of Balad air base

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has acknowledged delays in F-16 multi-role fighter deliveries to Iraq. Officials said the Defense Department expected a suspension in plans to deliver the first F-16 Block 52+ aircraft to Baghdad. The officials […]

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Both U.S. drones and manned aircraft set for combat missions in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has deployed combat unmanned aerial vehicles in Iraq. The Defense Department said the U.S. military has used both manned and unmanned aircraft amid the war against Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Pentagon contracts for emergency combat training program in Mideast

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing for the prospect of combat missions in the Middle East. The Defense Department has awarded a contract for combat training for foreign allies amid the war in Iraq. Cubic […]

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Number of U.S. military personnel reported in Iraq increased from 300 to 500

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. military presence in Iraq has been growing steadily amid the offensive by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. On June 26, officials reported that 500 troops, under the command of Maj. Gen. Dana […]

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