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Turkey wins U.S. re-engagement against Syria in potentially fatal blow to Iran rapproachement

Incirlik Air Base.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs By whatever name, the unilaterally-imposed no-fly zone over an area of Syria, proposed by the U.S. and Turkey on July 27, is not an element of a supposed […]

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Iran’s cash windfall from nuclear deal seen topping all U.S. aid to Israel since 1948

Iranians burn Israeli and U.S. flags during Quds Day celebrations on July 10.  /ISNA

Special to WorldTribune.com As sanctions are lifted and its overseas assets are unfrozen, Iran’s cash haul from the recently-concluded nuclear deal could hit $150 billion, an Israeli official said. That amount would be more than all U.S. aid to Israel […]

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Playing ‘the Pollard card’ seen increasing Israel’s opposition to Iran nuke deal

Jonathan Pollard during an interview in May 1998.

Special to WorldTribune.com Recent reports have said the United States is ready to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in an attempt to allay Israel’s vociferous criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. The move, however, is not likely to succeed, […]

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Iran’s Zarif conducts 1-day whistle stop tour of rattled Gulf states

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a one-day, three-country Mideast tour on July 26 to defend a nuclear deal that many Arab countries are vehemently opposed to. Zarif’s charm offensive in the Gulf included stops […]

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ISIL’s and Iran’s expanded power loom as legacy of Obama’s military exit from Iraq


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” said Jan Kubis, the UN’s […]

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Cruz missiles: McConnell lied and Obama, Clinton, Kerry set to be ‘leading global financiers of terrorism’

Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas confronted his own party leader on the floor of the Senate one day after charging that the Iran nuclear deal made top Democrat leaders "financiers" of terrorism.

Special to WorldTribune.com In an interview with the Washington Examiner Thursday, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said that if the Iran nuclear deal goes through, over $100 billion could flow to radical jihadists as a result of sanctions relief. “If […]

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China, Russia to build 2 new nuclear reactors each in Iran

Ali Akbar Salehi

Special to WorldTribune.com The head of Iran’s nuclear energy agency said China will likely build two new nuclear power plants in Iran and that construction on two additional plants by Russia is set to start this year. “We are in […]

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Iran ‘agreement’s energy impact and ‘anti-sabotage’ clause: This deal is beyond belief

Laughable and horrifying.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Close examination of the nuclear agreement with Iran reveals just how much it will damage the West and boost the ayatollahs. Here are other implications of the six-power-Iran agreement that have been largely overlooked: […]

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Report: Executions in Iran this year could top 1,000

An Iranian official prepares a noose for the execution of a man convicted of murder.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran has carried nearly 700 executions as of July 15 and is on pace to exceed 1,000 for the year, according to Amnesty International. The human rights group cited “credible reports” that put the true number of […]

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Germany wastes no time reviving trade with Iran after nuclear deal

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, right, shakes hands with Germany’s Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel in Teheran.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Even before the debates in Iran and the United States could begin over last week’s nuclear agreement, Germany sent its economy minister to Teheran on July 19 to revive a trading relationship in anticipation of the lifting […]

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