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Putin plays the Iran card: Kremlin won’t be ‘bound’ by U.S. sanctions

В.Путин провел совещание с членами правительства РФ

Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Iran and Russia have been discussing the resumption of strategic relations. Officials said the Kremlin has been negotiating terms for Russian nuclear, military and energy projects in Iran. The officials said the projects would not violate United Nations sanctions, but would take into account the easing of measures by the [...]

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Israel shocked by ‘unacceptable’ U.S. concessions on Iran’s nuclear program

Israeli Strategic Minister Yuval Steinitz

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has expressed alarm over the prospect of U.S. nuclear concessions to Iran. Officials said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was dismayed by indications that Washington would enable Iran to continue its nuclear program, including those elements that could be used for weapons. The officials cited testimony to [...]

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Chechens played key role in Syria, honed skills before returning home

Omar al Chechen and fighters from the Muhajireen Brigade in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com WASHINGTON — Chechen fighters have been playing a major role in Syria. Opposition sources and Western analysts agreed that Saudi Arabia has facilitated the recruitment of more than 1,000 Islamist fighters from Russia’s autonomous Chechnya. They said the Chechens significantly bolstered their presence in the Sunni revolt in Syria since Riyad [...]

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Report: Germany to turn down $25 billion tank deal with Saudis

Germany's Leopard-2A7 main battle tank

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany was expected to reject a request by Saudi Arabia for hundreds of main battle tanks. A leading German newspaper said the Berlin government would not approve a Saudi request for up to 800 Leopard-2A7 MBTs. The newspaper, Bild, said the deal was opposed by leading members of the government [...]

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Beijing makes a point of delivering pointed remarks to the visiting Chuck Hagel

Chinese Defense Minister Gen. Chang Wanquan and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel in Beijing on April 7. /chinanews.com

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to Beijing will be remembered as the first time that People’s Liberation Army generals publicly lectured a top official of the United States. Responding to remarks made by Hagel earlier this week about the U.S. standing by Japan and other Asian allies against [...]

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Loss of joint major weapons projects keenly felt by Russia, Ukraine

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com After the UK, France, the U.S. and other key NATO member states’ suspended all military cooperation with Russia, the Ukrainian government likewise announced it would terminate all joint weapons development projects with Moscow. On the face of it, this would not seem to be a major development considering [...]

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U.S. offers reward of $3 million each for capture of 3 Turkish insurgents

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has sought help for the capture of three Turkish insurgency commanders. The State Department offered a reward for the capture of three senior members of the Revolutionary People’s Liberation Party/Front. Those targeted were identified as Musa Asoglu, Zerrin Sari and Seher Demir Sen, deemed responsible for attacking [...]

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Israel circumvents Obama administration, develops own upgrade of AH-64 Apache

Israeli AH-64A Apache

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Israel, blocked by the United States, has developed an indigenous upgrade of the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. A leading industry newsletter said Israel’s military oversaw the modernization of the Apache, produced by the U.S. firm Boeing. Defense Industry Daily asserted that Israel installed electronic warfare, advanced avionics and self-protection systems [...]

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Turkey’s Erdogan fires longtime defense chief without explanation

Murad Bayar

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, in a purge of opponents of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, has dismissed its defense procurement chief. Officials said Erdogan ordered the firing of Defense Industry Undersecretary Murad Bayar. They said Bayar was dismissed in a decision recorded on March 27. Turkey’s Official Gazette confirmed the removal of Bayar, who [...]

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The difference a day makes: How Saudi students in the U.S. dealt with April 15, 2013

Boston Marathon Bombing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Tamara Zuniga-Brown Almost a million foreign students, the future leaders of their counties, are attending American universities. The following is the true story of how the Boston Marathon bombing one year ago today, on April 15, 2013, shocked a group of such students in southern California. “Lunch time!” a smiling Saudi [...]

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