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Marine in trouble over emailed document on Afghan sex abuser; Charges against Hillary called more serious

Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler speaks with children attending school at the district center in Now Zad, Afghanistan, on Dec. 15, 2009.  /1st Marine Division Public Affairs

Special to WorldTribune.com In a case that analysts say bears a striking resemblance to Hillary Clinton’s email disaster, a Marine officer is facing dismissal for mishandling classified material on his computer. Marine Reserve Maj. Jason Brezler is fighting the charges against […]

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Al Qaida gaining strength in Afghanistan (and in Yemen)

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Special to WorldTribune.com Al Qaida has a larger presence in Afghanistan than U.S. defense officials had previously thought and its ties to the Taliban make the terror group a “big threat” in the country. Maj. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, Deputy Chief […]

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‘By the way, go to hell’: Former Obama defense secretaries tell how they coped

Former defense secretaries, from left, Leon Panetta, Chuck Hagel and Robert Gates.  /DoD Photo by Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo

Special to WorldTribune.com Three former defense secretaries were blunt in their criticism of President Barack Obama and his “inexperienced advisers” for their distrust, micromanaging and second guessing of senior military commanders. A report by Fox News anchor Bret Baier revealed […]

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One year after premature U.S. withdrawal, Afghans again struggle for ‘survival’

Nicholas Haysom

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It came as a stunning reality check which many diplomats knew but did not expect to hear. In 2016, “survival will be an achievement for the National Unity Government” in […]

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U.S. airstrikes destroy ISIL’s ‘Voice of the Caliphate’ radio station

ISIL jihadists at a training camp in Afghanistan.

Special to WorldTribune.com A radio station in Afghanistan that was operated by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was destroyed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. “Voice of the Caliphate” radio, operated out of a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, was […]

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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 14: New ISIL edict: Every man In Mosul must grow a beard, or else

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Joanna Paraszcuk, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) group has reportedly issued a decree ordering all men in the Iraqi city of Mosul to grow beards on the […]

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Pentagon: ISIL affiliate in Afghanistan has gone from ‘exploratory’ to ‘active’

ISIL's Afghan affiliate has grown by recruiting "disaffected Taliban."

Special to WorldTribune.com The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has become “operationally active,” launching attacks on Afghan security forces while also battling the Taliban for territory, the Pentagon reported on Dec. 15. The affiliate, known […]

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Obama, man of peace and not of war, has yet to back up his words with action

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and President Barack Obama.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com President Obama might be considering the motto on which Woodrow Wilson ran for president in 1916 as his enduring legacy: “He kept us out of war.” That is, if he can forget that […]

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Turkey as failed state? Army won’t stand by, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing

The aftermath of an explosion near Ankara's main train station on Oct. 10 / Ercin Top / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey As Turkey degenerates, a military coup is more likely than total failure, and not a bad outcome for Israel. Famed commentator David Goldman, writing under the pseudonym “Spengler” in the “Asia Times”, has published […]

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Flood of undocumented migrants ‘a test of historic proportions’ for Europe

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The almost Biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and […]

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