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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…

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…

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…

Iran sends 81st division, tanks, helicopters into northern Iraq »

Kurdish sources say this photos shows elements of Iran's 81st Division in Khaneghein, northern Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has deployed combat units in Iraq. Iraqi Kurdish sources said Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has sent thousands of soldiers to northern Iraq to fight Islamic State…

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After early support for ISIL, Turkey now finds itself focusing on homeland security »

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, left, with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey,  on Sept. 8. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, faced with insurgency infiltration from at least three neighbors, has sought to invest in…

Israel plans high tech fence along Jordan border to degrade ISIL infiltration »

Israeli guards near the Allenby Bridge across the Jordan River.

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has prioritized a project to build a high tech barrier along the border…

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

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com WASHINGTON — The debate is so familiar. Should the United States plunge into a war…

Hamas announcement confirm renewed tunnel operations against Israel »

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Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Less than a month after its 50-day war, Hamas acknowledged renewed tunnel operations…

New York man charged for plotting to aid ISIL, target U.S. forces »

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A grand jury has indicted a 30-year-old man on charges of attempting to aid…

Egypt gets ‘appropriate’ price for 65 percent of its fuel from UAE »

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Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed an agreement that makes it dependent on fuel from the United…

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…

China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices »

A J-15 fighter jet is slowed by an arresting device as it lands on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.  /Li Tang/China Daily

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese government sources are feverishly dismissing news account that at least two of its PLA…

What about Hizbullah? 5,000-rocket arsenal

On a mission from O: Susan Rice goes to Beijing

September 11 casts long shadow as Obama takes second look at ISIL »

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 […]…

President Obama addresses ISIL threat on Sept. 10.  /Saul Loeb/Reuters

Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars »

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between […]…

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

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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Some advice for poor Hillary, whose poll numbers are headed South »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto The summer of 2014 has been difficult for the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In just a few months, she is losing her commanding lead over the possible Republican […]…

Hillary Clinton “does well to be seen but not really heard.”

Welcome to Soviet America! (Was my 1975 1-act play prophetic?) »

Lev Navrozov “Lev, this is Julie. Do you remember me?” The voice on the phone sounded familiar. She went on: “Almost forty years ago, I believe the year was 1975, I went to see your play ‘Welcome to Soviet America!’ […]…

Life and Look magazines herald the 50th Anniver­sary of the USSR, 1967.

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A J-15 fighter jet is slowed by an arresting device as it lands on the Liaoning aircraft carrier.  /Li Tang/China Daily

China denies reports of pilot deaths in carrier takeoff and landing practices »

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com Chinese government sources are feverishly dismissing news account that at least two of its PLA pilots were killed on the deck of the Chinese aircraft carrier…

Power struggle between Kim’s top two aides noted by North Korea watchers »

Hwang Pyong-So, left, and Kim Wong-Hong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — The bitter rivalry between Hwang Pyong-So and Kim Wong-Hong, two of North Korea’s most powerful…

iPhone6 on hold in China where ‘economic nationalism’ is on the rise »

Apple has delayed the launch of the iPhone 6 in China.  /Bloomberg News

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com One of the big surprises of the unveiling of the long-awaited iPhone6 is that China — Apple’s…

South Korea, Vietnam turn to Israel for battle-tested weapons »

South Korea’s Israeli-made Spike NLOS missiles were seen during events to mark the 65th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Seongnam.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The tiny state of Israel with a population of 8 million crammed into an area smaller than…

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France begins air recon missions in allied war against ISIL »

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — France has begun conducting air operations over Iraq. Officials said the French Air Force carried out…

In 1950, UN forces fought back; Of what use are today’s ‘peackeepers’ »

UN peacekeepers from the Philippines enter the Israeli sector of the Golan Heights on June 12, 2013.  /Menahem Kahana/AFP

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The United Nations as a force for peace has never lived up to the hopes implicit in the…

Tunisian Interior Ministry spokesman Mohammed Ali Laroui

Tunisia captures Al Qaida-linked terror cell with large weapons stockpile »

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Tunisia has foiled a military cell linked to Al Qaida. The Interior Ministry said security forces nabbed 12 suspected insurgents believed linked to Al Qaida-aligned…

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