Demonstrators in Turkey call for closing of key strategic base used for strikes against ISIL

Demonstrators in Turkey call for closing of key strategic base used for strikes against ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, July 29, 2016 Thousands of protesters rallied to demand the Turkish government close the base used by the United States to conduct airstrikes against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Protesters, some burning American flags, filled the streets outside the U.S. military base at Incirlik on July 28. The U.S. military […]

ISIL recaptures villages from U.S.-backed forces, executes 24 civilians

ISIL recaptures villages from U.S.-backed forces, executes 24 civilians

by WorldTribune Staff, July 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) executed at least 24 civilians after regaining control of several villages in northern Syria. ISIL launched a “fierce assault” on July 28 in taking back the villages from the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a U.S.-backed Kurdish-Arab alliance, the Syrian Observatory for Human […]

Russia called better friend than U.S. for allowing Israel to attack targets inside Syria

Russia called better friend than U.S. for allowing Israel to attack targets inside Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, July 29, 2016 Israeli jets are being allowed to attack targets inside Syria despite Russia’s “anti-aircraft umbrella,” an Israeli analyst said. Most recently, the Israel Air Force attacked a Syrian target in Kuneitra after mortar fire “leaked out” from the Syrian civil war to Israel’s Golan Heights. Israel “could have been heavily […]

With Turkey out of the Mideast power equation, what next for its neighbors, including Israel?

With Turkey out of the Mideast power equation, what next for its neighbors, including Israel?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey HAIFA, Israel — In 2015 column on Turkey, I wrote: “At the point that chaos threatens, the army will step in and take over”. Well, the army stepped in nine months later, but did not take over. The recent coup attempt was so badly planned and executed that it […]

Post-coup crackdown in Turkey takes aim at the media

Post-coup crackdown in Turkey takes aim at the media

by WorldTribune Staff, July 28, 2016 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government has become a regime and is now cracking down in particular on the media, closing more television and radio stations and newspapers. Thus far, the Ankara government has shut down three news agencies, 16 TV channels, 23 radio stations, 45 newspapers, 15 magazines […]

Teen who slashed French priest’s throat had been released from prison after twice attempting to join ISIL

Teen who slashed French priest’s throat had been released from prison after twice attempting to join ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, July 27, 2016 The jihadist who executed a French priest was wearing an electronic monitoring device after his release from prison for attempts to join Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), reports say. On July 26, Adel Kermiche and an accomplice entered the church at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, where […]

Cross-eyed in Teheran: Iranians say Twitter ban stops them from countering Saudi hashtag assault

Cross-eyed in Teheran: Iranians say Twitter ban stops them from countering Saudi hashtag assault

by WorldTribune Staff, July 27, 2016 Flustered by an onslaught of Iran bashing on Twitter by Saudis, Iranians are demanding the ban on the social media giant in the Islamic republic be lifted so they can launch a hashtag blitz of their own. “Saudi’s media war against Iran on Twitter has peaked such that Iran, […]

Gulen op-ed refutes accusations, states Erdogan’s Turkey on ‘dangerous’ path to ‘one-man rule’

Gulen op-ed refutes accusations, states Erdogan’s Turkey on ‘dangerous’ path to ‘one-man rule’

by WorldTribune Staff, July 27, 2016 President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is using the aftermath of the failed coup to reign in his foes and move toward his ultimate goal of “one-man rule,” self-exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen said. Gulen, in an op-ed piece written for The New York Times, denied any involvement in the coup and […]

Turkey increases pressure on U.S. to extradite Gulen, leaks general’s testimony

Turkey increases pressure on U.S. to extradite Gulen, leaks general’s testimony

by WorldTribune Staff, July 27, 2016 As Turkey increased pressure on the United States to extradite cleric Fethullah Gulen for engineering the July 15 coup attempt, Secretary of State John Kerry said the U.S. would consider the move only if Turkey submits “legitimate evidence” of Gulen’s involvement. “Turkish people are appalled at the U.S.’s insistence […]

Day 1 inside the DNC bubble: Media awed, ISIL not mentioned even once

Day 1 inside the DNC bubble: Media awed, ISIL not mentioned even once

by WorldTribune Staff, July 26, 2016 The major U.S. media lauded the “passion and purpose” on the opening day of the Democratic National Convention, with some even moved to tears by Michelle Obama’s “pitch perfect” speech. The contrast in coverage of the “dark” acceptance speech by Republican nominee Donald Trump was of the glass-half-full kind, […]

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