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Obama orders more troops to Iraq against IS

President Barack Obama on Wednesday ordered the deployment of 450 more US troops to Iraq's Sunni heartland to advise and assist fragile Iraqi forces being built up to try to retake territory lost to Islamic State. The plan to

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First US troops set to train Syrian opposition

US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the first group of about 100 US troops to head to the Middle East in the next few days to establish training sites for Syrian opposition fighters battling Islamic State militants, the Pentagon said on

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US troops ready for Syria training mission

Several hundred US military trainers will begin moving to the Middle East in the next four to six weeks amid efforts to start training this spring for moderate Syrian opposition forces who will battle Islamic State fighters, the Pentagon said on

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US to send more private contractors to Iraq

The US government is preparing to boost the number of private contractors in Iraq as part of President Barack Obama's growing effort to beat back Islamic State militants threatening the Baghdad government, a senior US official said.

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Libya frees detained US military personnel

Four American military personnel were detained by the Libyan government on Friday and held in custody for several hours before being released, US officials said. The Americans were near Sabratha, a town located some 70 km west of

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US commitment to ME security proven: Hagel

The US has a proven and enduring commitment to Middle East security, backed by diplomatic engagement and a fierce array of warplanes, ships, tanks, artillery and 35,000 troops, Pentagon chief Chuck Hagel told Gulf leaders on Saturday.

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Obama doesn't foresee US troops in Syria

US President Barack Obama said he does not foresee a scenario in which he would send ground troops to Syria and outlined a deliberate approach to determining whether the Syrian government had used chemical weapons in a two-year civil war.

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Dubai firm wins US army contract

Anham, a leading contracting firm based in Dubai, has won the contract to provide full-line food and non-food distribution and support to the US troops in Afghanistan. Anham is a contracting company created by the principals of the Arab Su

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Iraq buys US drones to protect oil platforms

Iraq is buying unmanned drones from the US to help protect its southern oil platforms as the Opec nation ramps up production after the withdrawal of the last American troops, US and Iraqi officials said on Monday. Protecting the vital infr

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US withdraws from Iraq after nine years

 The last convoy of US soldiers pulled out of Iraq on Sunday, ending their withdrawal after nearly nine years of war and military intervention that cost almost 4,500 American and tens of thousands of Iraqi lives. The war launched in M

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