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In blow to allies, Kerry walks back Gen. Dunford’s Libya statement

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Special to by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct In another example of the Obama administration’s unwillingness to delegate authority and its inability to form a cohesive policy on fighting ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly contradicted the chairman […]

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Argentina rejoins the real world

Mauricio Macri’

Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Reversing the trend of economic mismanagement, ending a fifteen year debt impasse with foreign lenders, calming a percolating political crisis over the disputed Falkland/Malvinas islands in the South Atlantic, and […]

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The Hammond family: Ranchers or domestic terrorists?

Malheur National Wildlife Refuge showdown has ended.

Having set fire to cattle and homesteads, federal authorities today took the last of a group of armed protesters into custody. The Hammond family had compiled an extensive file on tactics used by the Bureau of Land Management against ranchers. […]

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North Korea triggers a U.S. missile defense showdown among major powers


Special to By Donald Kirk, North Korean rocket launches and nuclear tests risk getting boring. The pattern is familiar: expressions of outrage, loud condemnation ― then nothing. Has the latest one-two punch of nuclear test and rocket launch […]

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The western pillars that have supported Israel are crumbling

U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York

Special to By Norman Bailey The U.S. and Europe — the traditional pillars of Israeli foreign diplomatic and economic relations — are crumbling. Since Israel’s independence, its most important economic and financial partners have been in Europe and the […]

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Canada’s Trudeau to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks as defence minister Harjit Sajjan, international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion listen on Feb. 8. / Sean Kilpatrick / AP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Canada will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria and pull out six fighter jets within two weeks, Canada’s prime minister announced on February 8. […]

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Wife of ISIL leader charged In U.S. hostage’s death

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United States has charged the wife of an Islamic State (IS) leader killed last year with contributing to American hostage Kayla Mueller’s death. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as […]

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Iran awards medals to its nuclear negotiating team

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. / AFP

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has awarded medals to its nuclear negotiators who helped reach a landmark agreement with world powers last year. President Hassan Rouhani presented the Medal of Merit to Foreign Minister Mohammad […]

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Iran’s IRGC chief: Saudis wouldn’t ‘dare’ send troops to Syria

Mohammad Ali Jafari / Morteza Nikoubazl / Reuters

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Saudi Arabia lacks the courage to send ground troops to Syria. “They claim they will send troops [to Syria], but I […]

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Republican Iran critics apply to make ‘inspection’ trip; would be first Congressmen to visit since 1979

U.S. Representatives Mike Pompeo, Lee Zeldin and Frank LoBiondo filed visa applications on Feb. 4.

Special to Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Republican Representatives Mike Pompeo, Lee Zeldin and Frank LoBiondo filed visa applications to visit Iran on February 4. Three U.S. Republican lawmakers who are highly critical of Iran applied for visas […]

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