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N.Y. Times confirms: There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq »

Staff Sgt. James F. Burns in Baghdad in 2004, a week before discovering a Sarin shell. "They put a gag order on all of us." / Mohammed Uraibi / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The New York Times reported on Oct. 14 that U.S. troops in Iraq had between 2004 and 2011 repeatedly encountered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Meanwhile, voters back home and…

Turkey’s strategic reliability as a NATO ally has become questionable at best »

Air base in Incirlik, Turkey.

Special to WorldTribune.com Dr. Harry Dinella, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Increasing Turkish divergence from U.S., European Union, and Western strategic objectives has given urgency to Western military planning as to how to compensate…

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…

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Kurds blame Erdogan for tolerating ISIL presence in S. Turkey »

Kurdish protesters gathered in front of a hospital to which Bagdu was rushed after being shot on Oct. 14. / DHA Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was believed to have established an operational presence…

UN peace-keeping force in Syria’s Golan Heights has essentially vanished »

U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) vehicles leaving Golan Heights for Israel on Aug. 28. / Ronen Zvulun /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has acknowledged that little was left of its peace-keeping mission on…

Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests »

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the…

Most Palestinian journalists censor themselves »

Palestinian journalists staged a protest on Oct. 19 at restrictions on press freedom.

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The lion’s share of Palestinian journalists, fearing official retaliation, routinely censor themselves, a report…

‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort »

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military…

New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner »

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the…

Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital »

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed…

Israel eyes Golan as U.S. increases pressure to join fight against ISIL »

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been examining options to stop Islamist militias on the Golan Heights.…

U.S. to deploy Marines for rapid response force

Why N. Korea wants U.S. to retrieve war dead remains

Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests »

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]…

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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."

Cane or swagger stick? We report, you decide »

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events? Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up […]…

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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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Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner »

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s…

Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital »

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The…

What North Korea hoped to gain from unexpected high-profile visit to South »

Hwang Pyong-So arrives at the Incheon International Airport in Incheon, South Korea on Oct. 4.  /Kim Do-hoon/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — With North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un out of sight for more than a month apparently…

Hong Kong protests spawn a greater-China united front in Taiwan, Beijing »

Demonstrators at Liberty Square in Taipei, Taiwan show support for pro democracy rallies in Hong Kong on Oct. 1.  /Ashley Pon/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com As soon as large-scale street protests erupted in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) in late…

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Algeria captures Al Qaida infiltrators on motorbikes crossing border from Niger »

Algerian security vehicles near the border with Niger.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Algeria has reported foiling Al Qaida-aligned infiltration from Niger. The Defense Ministry said at least 20 armed…

New NATO chief is anti-war activist with record of appeasing Russia »

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Last week, Jens Stoltenberg assumed the position of the Secretary General of NATO, replacing his hawkish predecessor,…

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests »

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on…

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