ISIL seize Syrian airport used for World Food Program drops

ISIL seize Syrian airport used for World Food Program drops

by WorldTribune Staff, January 18, 2017 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists broke through Syrian regime defenses on Jan. 16 to seize control of an area used by the World Food Program (WFP) to deliver vital supplies to civilians. ISIL fighters surrounded the military airport near Deir Ezzor, cutting off food supplies for […]

Palestinians’ Abbas warns Trump not to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

Palestinians’ Abbas warns Trump not to move U.S. embassy to Jerusalem

by WorldTribune Staff, January 18, 2017 Palestinian Authority (PA) chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned U.S. President-elect Donald Trump not to follow through on his pledge to move the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. To do so, he said, would be regarded as a “provocation that would harm the peace process.” “We hope he will not […]

Iran moves in on Syria with gas, phone, phosphate deals

Iran moves in on Syria with gas, phone, phosphate deals

by WorldTribune Staff, January 18, 2017 A month after helping Bashar Assad’s forces recapture Aleppo, Iran continues to raise its profile in Syria with the announcement on Jan. 17 of deals to build a mobile phone network and gasoline terminal in Syria. The five deals, signed during a visit to Teheran by Syrian Prime Minister […]

Saudi foreign minister ‘optimistic’ about incoming Trump administration

Saudi foreign minister ‘optimistic’ about incoming Trump administration

by WorldTribune Staff, January 17, 2017 Saudi Arabia is enthused about what it is hearing from U.S. President-elect Donald Trump. The president-elect has pledged to restore American influence in the world, defeat Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), and contain Iran, the Saudi foreign minister said. “We are optimistic about the incoming administration and […]

Obama gives himself a pass for ‘red line’ speech on Syria

Obama gives himself a pass for ‘red line’ speech on Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 16, 2017 U.S. President Barack Obama says he has no regrets over his speech in 2012 in which he drew a “red line” over Syria’s use of chemical weapons. In an interview with CBS’s “60 Minutes” broadcast on Jan 15, Obama said that he had ad-libbed the “red line” phrase, which […]

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

by WorldTribune Staff, January 16, 2017 Constitutional reforms that will significantly boost the powers of the presidency moved a step closer to approval in Turkish parliament on Jan. 15. In a late-night session in Ankara, a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the final article in the reform package presented by President Recep Tayyip […]

Egypt expands navy with formation of Southern Fleet Command

Egypt expands navy with formation of Southern Fleet Command

by WorldTribune Staff, January 15, 2017 Egypt’s navy has responded to growing threats in the Middle East with the formation of Southern Fleet Command, which is composed of a destroyer, Mistral-class helicopter carrier, missile craft, coastal patrol and special forces units. Egypt currently has the sixth strongest navy in the world, according to a recent […]

Polls: Israelis don’t share Obama’s self-assessment that he is ‘good friend’

Polls: Israelis don’t share Obama’s self-assessment that he is ‘good friend’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 15, 2017 U.S. President Barack Obama insists he was a “good friend” to Israel during his tenure, it’s just that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu “did not recognize it.” A pair of polls published last week showed that the majority of Israelis did not feel that Obama was their friend. In […]

Syria accuses Israel of bombing airport near Damascus, threatens to retaliate

Syria accuses Israel of bombing airport near Damascus, threatens to retaliate

by WorldTribune Staff, January 13, 2017 Syria on Jan. 13 accused Israel of bombing a major military airport southwest of Damascus and warned it would retaliate for what it said was a “flagrant” attack. Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Kinneret in northern Israel […]

Kerry, on leaked tape, says U.S. watched ISIL’s rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage it’

Kerry, on leaked tape, says U.S. watched ISIL’s rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage it’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 12, 2017 The United States’ plans to use the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to push President Bashar Assad to negotiate went awry when Russia came to the defense of its ally in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said. “The reason Russia came in is because […]

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