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Democrats face test on U.S. Mideast policy, and their actions will be recorded for posterity

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner I don’t envy the position of sensible Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate these days. As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said recently – the world is on fire – and President Obama and […]

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A list of basic unanswered questions about Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sol W. Sanders Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40 percent living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second […]

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ISIL offensive stalls but it may succeed in breaking off a piece of Iraq

A Shi'ite military vehicle attacked by ISIL fighters burns in northern Tikrit on March 11. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) offensive in Iraq of last June continues to cause alarm around the world, even though it stalled shortly thereafter. It has been unable to regain […]

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Intelligence split: DIA report kept Iran on terror threat list, DNI offered words of praise

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Special to WorldTribune.com The annual U.S. intelligence ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment’ not only left Iran off the list of terror threats but included words of praise for efforts to build partnerships with Sunni states to combat militant extremists. The report was […]

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ISIL said to be establishing a presence in Afghanistan

U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom in Kabul on Feb. 18. / Wakil Kohsar / Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The top UN envoy in Afghanistan says recent reports indicate the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) extremist group has moved into Afghanistan. Nicholas Haysom was speaking to the UN […]

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Barbarians inside the gates at the cradle of civilization

Nimrud

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The barbarians are inside the gates of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city in northern Iraq now being plundered, pillaged, and bulldozed by the forces of Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Winning ‘hybrid wars’: U.S. civilian sector could best answer Putin-Lenin-ISIL style threats

'Man at the Crossroads': Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City glorifies Vladimir Lenin.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman It is seductive to conclude that “hybrid war” is a creature of the 21st century in which technology now offers an alternative and indeed reinforcement to the blunter use of military force. Based on […]

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Key air base with U.S. Marines was briefly penetrated by ISIL forces in Iraqi uniforms

The Assad Air Base, 8 km. from Al Baghdadi.

Special to WorldTribune.com Despite tasting “bitter defeat”, fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant continue to mount attacks near the strategic Assad air base in the Iraqi province of Anbar where U.S. Marines are training members of the Iraqi […]

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ISIL’s assault on antiquities called first in a series

Iraqis clean statue of winged bull at site in Nimrud. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com ISIL “assaulted the historic city of Nimrud and bulldozed it with heavy vehicles,” according to an official Facebook post by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities. Nimrud is 30 km southeast of Mosul which has become ISIL […]

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Saudis press Kerry on Iran’s growing role in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh, on March 5. / Evan Vucci / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran’s expanding and increasingly open military presence in Iraq was foremost in the mind of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister when he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on March 5. Prince Saud al-Faisal accused Iran […]

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