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Mullah Omar’s family challenges new Taliban leadership

Mullah Mohammad Omar

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The family of the late Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, says it’s not backing his announced successor and that religious scholars and veterans of the movement should choose his replacement. […]

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Top ISIL leader in Sinai dies in shootout with Egyptian forces

Egyptian soldiers in North Sinai.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Egyptian security forces killed a top leader of the affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) during a shootout in North Sinai on Aug. 1. An Egyptian army spokesman said Selim Suleiman al-Haram, identified as […]

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UAE charges 41 ISIL suspects with attempting to ‘establish a caliphate’

UAE judicial center in Abu Dhabi.

Special to WorldTribune.com United Arab Emirates will hold a mass trial for 41 suspects accused of attempting to overthrow the government and set up an Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL)-type caliphate. Prosecutors said on Aug. 2 that the […]

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U.S. to withdraw carrier from Gulf amid Obama budget cuts

The USS Theodore Roosevelt

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States’ air strike capabilities against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) may take a serious hit this fall as the U.S. will be without an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf for the first […]

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Report: U.S. could get better Iran deal, if Congress votes no, French official said

Jacques Audibert

Special to WorldTribune.com A senior adviser to French President Francois Hollande reportedly said the rejection of the Iran nuclear agreement by the U.S. Congress could ultimately result in a better deal. Jacques Audibert, the senior diplomatic adviser to French President […]

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Key U.S. Jews said to fear repercussions from White House if they voice opposition to Iran deal

"Stop Iran" protest on July 22 near Times Square in New York.  /AP Photo/Frank Franklin II

Special to WorldTribune.com Many U.S. Jewish organizations and individuals have remained silent on the Iran nuclear deal out of fear of alienating the White House and losing influence, an Israeli envoy said. Yaron Sideman, the Israeli consul general in Philadelphia, […]

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The battle is joined: Obama warns Democrats not to go ‘squishy’ on Iran deal

Squish

Special to WorldTribune.com By Patrice Hill, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. President Barack Obama told supporters on July 30 that Democratic support in Congress for the Iran nuclear deal is “squishy” and they must work hard to counter […]

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In wake of Iran deal, Saudi Arabia and Egypt sign ‘Cairo Declaration’ for joint Arab military force

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) speaking with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed Bin Salman during a military academy graduation ceremony in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (AFP Photo/Ahmed Fuad/HO/ Egyptian Presidency

Special to WorldTribune.com On the heels of the Iran nuclear agreement, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact to boost military and economic ties and also will collaborate on a joint Arab military force. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi […]

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Israel readies Iron Dome batteries near Lebanon border as Hizbullah ramps up threats

An 'Iron Dome' short-range missile defense system is positioned near the northern city of Haifa.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Anticipating a huge influx of cash after the Iran nuclear deal, Hizbullah has ratcheted up its threats on Israel and the Israelis have responded by bolstering their Iron Dome missile defense capabilities at the Lebanon border. Iron […]

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Abbas warns ISIL threat against ‘secularists’ in Gaza Strip is for real

An ISIL banner in the Gaza Strip.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has established a clear presence in the Gaza Strip, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said. During a July 30 meeting with Jordanian parliament members, Abbas said that world leaders were […]

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