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In blow to allies, Kerry walks back Gen. Dunford’s Libya statement

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct In another example of the Obama administration’s unwillingness to delegate authority and its inability to form a cohesive policy on fighting ISIL, Secretary of State John Kerry has publicly contradicted the chairman […]

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Dunford: U.S., France planning ‘decisive military action’ in Libya

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers, view the Eiffel Tower while meeting at Ecole Militarie in Paris on Jan. 22. / DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in Paris on Jan. 22 with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of France’s defense staff to discuss […]

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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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Djibouti: Tiny strategic hub plays host to armies from seven nations

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com Djibouti, a former French colony, is a country of searing heat (summer temperatures average over 100 degrees) and little rain (17 days a year on average). The population of the East African state is […]

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Israel’s outreach to Saudi Arabia points to cooling rapport with U.S.

Dore Gold gave the first ever interview by Israel's foreign ministry to the Saudi media.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Dore Gold, the Director General of Israel’s foreign ministry and a highly experienced diplomat, in late December gave the ministry’s first ever interview to a Saudi media outlet. Speaking to the Saudi-owned […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 7: Minutes of Sudan strategy session reveal hidden agenda to eliminate S. Sudan

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs Jan. 19: Even though the actual fighting in South Sudan is led by local commanders in pursuit of localized self-interests, there have been repeated […]

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Exclusive: Xi pulls strings to suppress book about seamy side of his past

Gui Minhai  of Causeway Bay Books (arrowed), is one of four people from the company who have disappeared. / ejinsight

Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Willy Lam, EastAsiaIntel.com Efforts by the Xi Jinping administration to suppress embarrassing stories about his career in Fujian Province in the late 1980s and 1990s were behind two of the most brazen overseas acts of […]

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Key factor in sharply-improved Putin-Netanyahu strategic ties? The Obama White House

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, during impromptu meeting in Moscow with Vladimir Putin on Sept. 21. / EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs Israeli-Russian strategic cooperation, already good, was markedly improving in early October 2015. The primary impediment to this improvement had been the incessant pressure put […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 12 — Ex-DIA chief Flynn: Obama ignored intel warnings, willfully backed Al Qaida groups that became ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com Aug. 11, 2015: The Obama administration made a “willful decision” to arm terror organizations in Syria that led to the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), former U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) chief Michael […]

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Israel reports Arrow-3 system, in test, intercepted target in space

Arrow-3 interceptor missile launched from Palmachim missile test site on Israel's Mediterranean shore on Dec. 10./  IMOD

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com The Arrow-3 ballistic missile system successfully intercepted a missile outside of the Earth’s atmosphere, according to the Israeli Defense Ministry. In the Dec. 10 test, the ministry said the Arrow-3 system targeted, tracked and destroyed a […]

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