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Modern slavery: Silent scourge that reduces humans to commodities is a $150 billion business


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Calling for an end to “human trafficking and other forms of human slavery,” British Cardinal Vincent Nichols presented a stunning testimony against the “resurgence of slavery” where up to 21 […]

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Female suicide bombers kill 58 in Nigerian camp

Rescue workers transport a victim of a suicide bomb attack at a refugee for treatment at a hospital, in Maiduguri, Nigeria on Feb. 10.  /AP/Jossy Ola

Special to WorldTribune.com At least 58 people were killed when a pair of Boko Haram female suicide bombers disguised as refugees blew themselves up at a camp in northeastern Nigeria. Relief officials in Nigeria’s Borno state said dozens of others […]

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Migration of ISIL jihadists: Out of Syria . . . and into Libya

A convoy of ISIL militants in the Libyan town of Harawah on Dec. 6, reportedly headed toward oil fields in the area.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs January 2016 saw an acceleration of the movement of Daesh (asad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-‘Iraq wash-Sham) — so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) — fighters out of […]

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Boko Haram strengthens ties with ISIL, sends fighters to Libya

Boko Haram terrorists.

Special to WorldTribune.com Nigerian-based terror group Boko Haram has bolstered its alliance with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) by sending jihadists to fight alongside ISIL in Libya. Boko Haram pledged allegiance to ISIL in March. In June, ISIL […]

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New Nigerian leader faces Boko Haram threat backed by Sudan, Turkey and Qatar

Nigeria President Elect Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. / Ben Curtis / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Abuja. Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan (People’s Democratic Party: PDP) on March 31, conceded defeat in the March 28-29, presidential election, paving the way for Maj.-Gen. (Ret.) Muhammadu Buhari, 72, to be sworn-in […]

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The great Africa switcheroo: U.S. policy is now ideological, while China’s is pragmatic

First Lady Michelle Obama greets French President Francois Hollande to a state dinner in his honor at White House in February.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Gregory R. Copley, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The global strategic framework has changed beyond recognition in the past decade, even if the majority of the world’s population cannot grasp it. The face of Africa, however, is changing […]

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The Bergdahl swap with 5 Taliban prisoners of ‘high intelligence value’ may expedite deal with Boko Haram


Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The U.S. Barack Obama Administration was, on June 2, coming under intense domestic and international criticism for violating a fundamental tenet of Western alliance states not to “negotiate with terrorists” or militant groups, […]

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Turkish airlines exec on arms shipped to Islamists in Nigeria: ‘I feel sinful’


Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey was said to have been arming groups in Nigeria. An airline executive said the government of Prime Minister Recep Erdogan was arming factions in the war in Nigeria. The executive, Mehmet Karatas, said Ankara […]

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U.S. intel presses for expanded satellite surveillance of Al Qaida in North Africa

Gen. David Rodriguez.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has intensified coverage of North Africa and its Al Qaida network. Officials said the intelligence community was ordering additional electronic and satellite intelligence on North Africa and the Sahel region amid […]

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Trial reveals close ties between Nigerian intelligence and Mossad on Hizbullah

Two Lebanese men claim they were harshly grilled by Mossad agents in Nigeria.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — The trial of alleged Hizbullah operatives has highlighted growing security cooperation between Israel and Nigeria. A trial in Nigeria has released information on an Israeli intelligence presence in the African country. The trial of two […]

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