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ISIL offensive in Bekaa Valley turns Christian village into ghost town

Ras Baalbek

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted a key route to Lebanon. Officials said ISIL has recruited hundreds of fighters to control a key route from Syria to Lebanon. They said the effort included […]

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War and peace, then and now

Don Kirk on a truck with South Vietnamese soldiers on route one,  1972.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com In sunny Florida, while storms and blizzards rage in the American Northeast, old war correspondents from our days in Vietnam and Cambodia talk about those days of fighting in the jungles, of going […]

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Administration bans Kurdish leaders fighting ISIL, in deference to Turkey

President Barack Obama and Turkey's President Recep Erdogan. /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has banned Kurdish leaders who fought Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Two U.S. lawmakers have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to drop the ban against leaders of the Democratic […]

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Jordan set to be first nation to offer ISIL hostage swap

Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Al Kaseasbeh, left, and Sajida Al Rishawi. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Jordan has become the first country to offer a prisoner exchange with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Hashemite kingdom said it was ready to release a woman on death row for a Royal […]

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Obama’s legacy of retreat, shame, and betrayal has tainted a great nation

Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld: “Weakness is provocative.”

Special to WorldTribune.com By Billy and Karen Vaughn President Obama’s State of the Union speech was yet another glaring reminder of just how out of touch he is with reality and the true threat of radical Islam on the West. […]

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Congressman challenges Obama’s claim of success against ISIL

Rep. Mac Thornberry.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has become highly skeptical of any U.S.-backed solution to stabilize Iraq and Syria. A leading House member has dismissed a plan by President Barack Obama to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. House […]

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ISIL advances on Baghdad airport, fires at civilian airliners

Baghdad International Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, stuck on the ground in much of the north, has begun firing at civilian aircraft around the Iraqi capital. Iraqi sources said ISIL fighters were firing at civilian aircraft […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

PutinAndObama

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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ISIL looks to Afghanistan but faces resistance from the Taliban, Pakistan, China

ISIL forces in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamist State of Iraq and Levant is seeking to capitalize on its summer offensives in Syria and Iraq by establishing itself as the leader of Islamist militancy – this, at the expense […]

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Kurds advance, launch rocket attacks against ISIL in Mosul

The rocket attacks "struck great fear into the hearts of the terrorists," the Kurdistan Democratic Party said.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraqi Kurdish forces have reported significant progress in the war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Kurdish Regional Government said security forces were moving toward ISIL headquarters in the northern Iraqi city of […]

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