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Iran said pitching Israeli invasion in bid to recruit teens for war in Syria

Propaganda poster in Teheran.

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid heavy casualty figures in Syria, Iran is telling teenage recruits they have the opportunity to defend sacred Shi’ite shrines in Syria and eventually invade Israel. It is the first time Teheran has turned to children volunteers […]

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‘Skin of the gods’: Prospectors believe Egyptian desert hold vast gold reserves

Rocks analysed for their concentration of gold, at the Hamama camp in Egypt’s eastern desert, between Luxor and Hurghada on April 15.  /Brian Rohan/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Gold – what the Pharaohs referred to as the “skin of the gods” – is plentiful and there for the taking in Egypt’s eastern desert, modern prospectors believe. And there is enough gold and minerals that could […]

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Report: U.S. commandos have killed 40 top ISIL operatives

ISIL second-in-command Haji Imam was killed by U.S. special forces in March.

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. commandos have killed at least 40 senior operatives for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a report said. Defense officials told The Daily Beast that among those killed by U.S. special operations forces have been […]

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U.S. backs UN measure to restore Western Sahara mission

UN vehicle drives past the headquarters of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO), in Laayoune, the largest city of the disputed territory.  /AFP/Fadel Senna

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States is supporting a resolution to restore the UN mission in Western Sahara. The UN said the resolution addresses an “urgent need” to restore the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) […]

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Obama strategy in South China Sea dismissed as ‘nothing but symbolic’

Sen. Bob Corker

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has no coherent policy on China’s pursuit for total control in the South China Sea,” a key U.S. senator said. “We’ve reached a point now where there’s no denying the fact that China has […]

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Lawmakers: Pakistan could use F-16s against India, not terrorists

The Obama administration is looking to sell eight F-16s to Pakistan.  /U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com Several members of Congress are questioning the “judgment and timing” of the Obama administration’s sale of F-16s to Pakistan, saying the Pakistanis could use the jets to attack India rather than the intended purpose of combating terrorism. […]

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Egyptian migrants killed in Libya by human traffickers

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Special to WorldTribune.com Human traffickers killed 13 Egyptian migrants in Libya in a dispute over money, the United Nations said. The UN has called for an investigation into the incident in Bani Walid. A local official said on April 27 […]

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Poll reveals young Palestinians overwhelmingly reject ISIL, don’t trust any leader

Palestinian youth clashed with Israeli soldiers in Abu Hamdiyeh's West Bank hometown of Hebron.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Palestinian youth overwhelmingly oppose Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and don’t trust any of the Palestinian leadership factions, according to a new poll. Most young Palestinians say they are socially conservative and believe the Israeli-Palestinian […]

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U.S. Sinai peacekeepers retreat to safety after ISIL attacks

U.S. soldiers and airmen load a UH-60 Black Hawk into an Air Force C17 Globemaster in the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt in 2014. The airstrip is now used by the Multinational Force and Observers stationed in Sinai Egypt.  /Staff Sgt. Thomas Duval/Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States has relocated more than 100 soldiers in Egypt after multiple attacks on their Sinai camp by jihadists affiliated with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The Pentagon said the troops, part of the […]

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U.S. used Israeli tactic to evacuate civilians before attack on ISIL

In a scene from a Combined Joint Task Force video, an Islamic State headquarters and financial facility at Mosul, Iraq, is targeted seconds before its destruction in a coalition airstrike.  /Combined Joint Task Force

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States took a page straight out of the Israeli playbook when it recently launched a “knock operation” to warn civilians of an impending airstrike on an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) target. The […]

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