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ISIL now said to control 50 percent of Syria’s landmass

Special to WorldTribune.com After seizing Palmyra on May 20, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) now controls 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “There are no forces to stop them [entering the ruins],” […]

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Obama: Climate change contributed to terror groups’ rise

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the keynote address during the 134th Commencement Exercises of the Coast Guard Academy on May 20.  /AFP/Nicholas Kamm

Special to WorldTribune.com As Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) turned up the heat, seizing Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria in less than a week, President Barack Obama declined to threaten U.S. intervention. Instead he suggested that it is […]

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As Obama pledges ‘ironclad commitment’ to Gulf nations, Iran fires at another ship

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with GCC delegation at Camp David on May 14.  /AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Special to WorldTribune.com On the same day President Barack Obama promised Persian Gulf States leaders the U.S. would protect their security, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy again fired at a commercial ship. In a May 14 summit at Camp David […]

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ISIL raises flag in Ramadi after devastating overnight assault

ISIL flag in Ramadi, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) used a series of car bombs to attack the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province in the early morning hours of May 15. When the smoke cleared, ISIL had raised its […]

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Saudis press Kerry on Iran’s growing role in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh, on March 5. / Evan Vucci / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran’s expanding and increasingly open military presence in Iraq was foremost in the mind of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister when he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on March 5. Prince Saud al-Faisal accused Iran […]

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#1 — Letter from the parents of Aaron Carson Vaughn of SEAL Team VI: Please resign, Mr. President

Aaron Carson Vaughn left behind Kimberly, and two children, 2-year-old son Reagan and 2-month-old daughter Chamberlyn.

TOP 2014 STORIES 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 known only to those […]

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First major exercise by Hamas since war panics Israelis living near Gaza border

Hamas members with weapons on parade in Gaza City this week. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY — Hamas, months after its war with Israel, has resumed major exercises in the Gaza Strip. The Hamas military conducted what was termed an infantry exercise along the Mediterranean coast on late Dec. 17. The […]

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One year after killing his uncle, Kim Jong-Un finds his vital ties with China are at risk


Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un has strengthened his power base at home since the dramatic purge of his uncle Jang Song-Thaek a year ago, officials here say. But Kim has yet […]

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ISIL regains ground it lost in Iraq


Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has reversed its losses in northern Iraq. Iraqi sources said ISIL recaptured areas lost in the Anbar province, the largest in the country. On Dec. 13, ISIL, which controls […]

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Putin’s ‘strategic’ deal with Turkey’s Erdogan could weaken NATO


Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Beleaguered Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Turkey on Dec. 1 for a carefully planned and hyped state visit. The goal was to seal a wide range of “strategic deals” with the important […]

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