Turkish airstrikes take aim at both U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and ISIL in Syria

Turkish airstrikes take aim at both U.S.-backed Kurdish forces and ISIL in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2016 Turkey confirmed its F-16s launched airstrikes on both Kurdish and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets in Syria on Aug. 27. Turkish security sources said the strikes targeted U.S.-backed Kurdish YPG militia, which makes up the majority of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The Jarablus Military Council, […]

Historians struggle to find precedent for Obama’s $400 million cash payment for Iran hostages

Historians struggle to find precedent for Obama’s $400 million cash payment for Iran hostages

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2016 The Obama administration’s $400 million cash payment, delivered to Teheran on the same day American hostages were released, may be unprecedented in U.S. history. Historians had to go back to 1848 to find an incident that could even come close. The Obama administration “has been ambiguous from the start” […]

Iran reports cyberattack targeted its petrochemical centers

Iran reports cyberattack targeted its petrochemical centers

by WorldTribune Staff, August 28, 2016 Iran said that a cyberattack on two of its petrochemical plants is not related to recent fires at the facilities. A military official said on Aug. 27 that malware was discovered and removed from two of its petrochemical complexes, Reuters reported. “In periodical inspection of petrochemical units, a type […]

SuperCobra gunships join U.S. late-summer air operations in Libya

SuperCobra gunships join U.S. late-summer air operations in Libya

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 The United States has deployed AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to Libya to join U.S. operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), begun this month. The SuperCobras, the Marines’ twin-engine gunships, carried out operations against ISIL targets in Sirte in the past few days, according to U.S. Africa […]

Iran rapper who backed Khamenei and nuclear power arrested for spreading depravity

Iran rapper who backed Khamenei and nuclear power arrested for spreading depravity

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty By Farangis Najibullah and Mohammad Reza Yazdanpanah Iranian fans have taken to Instagram and other social media to demand the release of Amir Tataloo, a popular and controversial rapper arrested on charges of spreading depravity among youth. “Free Tataloo!” and “He Is Not Guilty!” say dozens […]

Ahmadinejad mounting political comeback as Iranians sour on nuclear deal

Ahmadinejad mounting political comeback as Iranians sour on nuclear deal

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 The rising unpopularity in Iran of the nuclear deal with world powers has helped spur the re-emergence of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in the Islamic Republic. When his tenure ended in 2013, the former Iranian president was “deeply unpopular at home, roundly blamed for a major decline in both domestic prosperity […]

Kurdish forces vow ‘no retreat’ from ‘our own land’ as Turkey invades Syria

Kurdish forces vow ‘no retreat’ from ‘our own land’ as Turkey invades Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 Kurdish officials have denounced  Turkey’s incursion into Syria which observers said was aimed more at keeping Kurdish forces at bay than driving Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of border areas. Turkey sent more tanks into Syria on Aug. 25, one day after launching an operation against ISIL […]

U.S. Navy patrol ship fires warning shots at Iran fast-attack boats

U.S. Navy patrol ship fires warning shots at Iran fast-attack boats

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 A U.S. Cyclone class patrol ship on Aug. 25 fired warning shots after Iranian fast-attack boats “harassed” the American vessel in waters north of the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy said. The USS Squall “resorted to firing three warning shots from their 50-caliber gun, which caused the Iranian vessel […]

UN investigation concludes both Syria and ISIL used chemical weapons in attacks

UN investigation concludes both Syria and ISIL used chemical weapons in attacks

by WorldTribune Staff, August 25, 2016 A United Nations investigation found that Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) carried out attacks using chemical weapons. The UN’s Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) found that the Syrian regime dropped chemical weapons on two villages in northwestern Idlib province: Talmenes on April […]

Turkey invades Syria, targets ISIL-held border town ahead of Kurdish militia

Turkey invades Syria, targets ISIL-held border town ahead of Kurdish militia

by WorldTribune Staff, August 24, 2016 Turkish tanks and special forces rolled across the border on Aug. 24 in an unprecedented operation to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of the Syrian town of Jarabulus. Turkey’s army was backed by international coalition airstrikes in its effort to take the ISIL-controlled territory ahead […]

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