Airstrikes by Russia and Syrian regime kill 58 civilians near ISIL-held Deir Ezzor

Airstrikes by Russia and Syrian regime kill 58 civilians near ISIL-held Deir Ezzor

by WorldTribune Staff, June 26, 2016 Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded an area in eastern Syria held by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), killing at least 82 people, including 58 civilians, a monitoring group reported on June 26. “Three Russian and Syrian regime air raids on the region of Al-Quriyah, southeast of Deir […]

Urgent agenda item for Shanghai group summit: ‘Armed extremists’ in Afghanistan

Urgent agenda item for Shanghai group summit: ‘Armed extremists’ in Afghanistan

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russia says the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will discuss a “very tense situation” in Afghanistan when the grouping holds its summit in Uzbekistan this week. Kremlin aide Yury Ushakov said on June 22 that an estimated 60,000 “armed extremists” were fighting in Afghanistan, including 10,000 under […]

U.S., Russian fighter jets in tense showdown over Syria

U.S., Russian fighter jets in tense showdown over Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, June 20, 2016 In another U.S.-Russian incident, American F/A-18s confronted Russian Su-34 bombers in southern Syria, U.S. pilots attempted via a communications channel to stop the Russians from bombing U.S.-backed rebels, according to news reports. The incident occurred on June 16 when at least two Su-34s, which are among Moscow’s most advanced […]

Ukraine’s faultline: Baltics looks for support to U.S. where campaigns are ignoring foreign policy

Ukraine’s faultline: Baltics looks for support to U.S. where campaigns are ignoring foreign policy

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The artillery rumbles like a rolling late spring storm. Small arms fire reaches a staccato, only to fall silent just as quickly. And hapless civilians on both sides of an arbitrary divide endure and suffer as the forgotten slow burner conflict in eastern Ukraine continues […]

Rice complains as U.S. pledges largest military aid package in history to Israel

Rice complains as U.S. pledges largest military aid package in history to Israel

by WorldTribune Staff, June 7, 2016 National Security Advisor Susan Rice scolded Israel while at the same time pledging a record U.S. military aid package to the Jewish state. Rice, in an address to the American Jewish Committee’s Global Forum on June 6, said that “even in these days of belt-tightening, we are prepared to […]

U.S.-backed Kurds, Russia-backed Syrians advance on Raqqa in pincer movement

U.S.-backed Kurds, Russia-backed Syrians advance on Raqqa in pincer movement

by WorldTribune Staff, June 5, 2016 A U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance from the north and Russian-backed Syrian troops from the southwest are set to catch Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in a pincer movement as they advance on the terror group’s stronghold at Raqqa. U.S. military officials said the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance […]

Syrian forces open new front against ISIL with Russian air support

Syrian forces open new front against ISIL with Russian air support

by WorldTribune Staff, June 3, 2016 Syrian forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, have launched their largest offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) since retaking the historic city of Palmyra in March. The new front was opened on June 3 in ISIL-held territory in eastern Hama province, near the boundary with Raqqa province. […]

Tech wars: Obama took no action to stop advanced Russian arms sales to Iran

Tech wars: Obama took no action to stop advanced Russian arms sales to Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct.com Though he could contest the sale of Russia’s advanced S-300 missile system to Iran, U.S. President Barack Obama has not. Analysts see Obama’s hesitancy as another in a long line of capitulations to Iran and at least one congressman has launched an official inquiry into the matter. Administration officials declined […]

Russian air defense system sale to Iran will tilt military balance

Russian air defense system sale to Iran will tilt military balance

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Iran has begun receiving one of Russia’s most advanced and capable air defense system, the S-300 after years-long delays due to international pressures. At present it is assessed by NATO to be able to attack aircraft flying as high as 90,000 feet or at ranges of about […]

Moscow denies ISIL destroyed Russian helicopters at base in Syria

Moscow denies ISIL destroyed Russian helicopters at base in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, May 25, 2016 Moscow is countering reports that four of its attack helicopters at a base in central Syria were destroyed in an attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Amaq, an ISIL-linked news agency, on May 15 first reported the “burning of four Russian attack helicopters and 20 trucks […]

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