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ISIL eyes Central Asia as next vulnerable frontier

ISIL, which has successfully exploited weak borders is said to be weighing moves into former Soviet states Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder, Geostrategy-Direct.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is massing thousands of jihadists on the northern border of Afghanistan for incursions into Central Asia, Russian intelligence officers said. Taliban fighters have also pledged allegiance to […]

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U.S. President Obama: Best friend of Eurasia’s predators

Erdogan and Obama

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy With Iran, another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence. They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them — Russians, Turks, Arabs, […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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Kazakhstan is latest Central Asian state to sign defense accord with Israel

Kazakh Defense Minister Adilbek Dzhaksbekov and Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon sign an agreement promoting defense trade and cooperation on Jan. 20.  /Israel Ministry of Defense

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has signed a defense cooperation agreement with a key state in Central Asia. On Jan. 20, the defense ministers of Israel and Khazakhstan signed a cooperation accord in Tel Aviv. Officials said the […]

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Venezuela gains seat on UN Human Rights Council: ‘Neither the U.S. nor the EU said a word’


John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — First, the good news. The United States has been re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council along with Germany and Ireland. So too have been South Korea and Japan. Now fasten your seat belts […]

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Putin, Netanyahu seal deal on satellite launches

Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepare to deliver joint statements after their meeting in the Israeli leader's Jerusalem residence on June 25.  /AP/Jim Hollander

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has approved a plan to continue to contract Russia for satellite launches. Officials said Israel has agreed to launch some of its satellites on Russian launchers. They said the satellites would be commercial […]

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When regimes lose power: What Syrians want and what they fear

People watch Syrian president Bashar Assad deliver a live speech in Damascus, Syria, Sunday, June 3, 2012. Assad says his government had nothing to do with the Houla massacre, saying not even "monsters" would carry out such an ugly crime.  /Bassem Tellawi/AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy, FreePressers.com A quarter of a century ago the people of Central Asia and Caucasus tasted freedom. It was the taste of blood. One glance at the commentaries on current events in Syria reveals that […]

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Israel launches Russian-made satellite for Africa telecommunications from Kazakhstan

A Russian Proton-M carrier rocket with Israel's Amos-5 satellite onboard prepares fro liftoff from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Dec. 11.  /Oleg Urusov/RIA Novosti

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has launched an advanced satellite into space orbit. Israel’s Spacecom has overseen the launch of its Amos-5 communications satellite, the first Israeli satellite manufactured in Russia. Executives said Amos-5 was transported aboard a […]

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