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U.S. allies blocked from arming Kurds against ISIL forces fighting with stolen U.S. weapons

Kurdish fighters in Syria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. President Barack Obama has reportedly blocked allies in the Middle East from delivering heavy weapons to Kurdish forces fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The Kurds have alone proven successful in pushing back ISIL […]

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New ally? Administration confirms Iranian militias are sharing Iraqi base with U.S. forces

Taqqadum base, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Reports that American forces and Iranian militias, at least one of which is tied to a terror attack on U.S. troops, are sharing a base in Iraq have baffled and infuriated U.S. officials. “Even if these guys […]

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ISIL crucifies two children for violating fast, orders ‘calamity for infidels’ during Ramadan

ISIL fighters.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is said to have crucified two boys for “not fasting on Ramadan” and has called for escalated attacks during the Muslim holy month on Christians, Shi’ites and Sunnis who are […]

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Putin vows to save Syria from ‘tragic’ fate of U.S.-supported Iraq

Russian President Vladimir Putin.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Russian President Vladimir Putin said U.S. President Barack Obama’s strategy to counter Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Iraq has been “lamentable” and resulted in “tragic” consequences. “The United States supports Iraq, supports … the […]

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World shrugs as tide of displaced humans overwhelms relief agencies

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The number of refugees fleeing their native lands as well as people being internally displaced in their home countries has surged beyond even the most dire predictions. Just six months […]

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Potential Israeli dilemmas: one Saudi, one Chinese

Chinese dredging vessels at the disputed Mischief Reef.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Recently the persistent rumors of informal talks between Israeli and Saudi officials were confirmed. Such meetings have been taking place for a long time and continue. Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as some […]

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How to repel barbarians at the gate? Without U.S. backup, cultural minorities have only UN resolutions

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Facing the onslaught of wanton destruction, cultural pillage, and a growing black market for stolen antiquities, both Iraq and Syria are feeling the brunt not only of the ideological violence […]

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In the absence of a U.S. ‘strategy’, Middle East braces for ‘the big war’

Iraqi fighters battle ISIL on the outskirts of the Baiji oil refinery on May 25.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. President Barack Obama referred early last year to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as a JV team. ISIL’s subsequent rampage through Iraq and Syria proved Obama wrong, but analysts cited by a McClatchyDC report […]

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Special report: Mosul ‘like a prison’ one year after capture by ISIL

An ISIL banner can be seen atop the Hotel Nineveh in Mosul last June.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Resistors punished. Movement restricted. A small boy beaten for uttering the word “Daesh.” The streets are clean, the power is on, and one resident described security and safety as “outstanding.” But […]

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ISIL reduces flow of Euphrates to Iraqi-held areas

Sunni Iraqis displaced from Ramadi, arrive at the outskirts of Baghdad. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants have closed some dam gates on the Euphrates River near Ramadi in western Iraq, reducing the vital flow of water to government-held areas […]

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