The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview of America’s standing in the world both domestic and foreign. The address was touted as […]

U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com The widow of an American killed in a Jordan terrorist attack is filing suit against Twitter for giving a voice to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In the lawsuit, Tamara Fields said the social media company until recently had given jihadists “unfettered” ability to maintain official Twitter accounts to spread […]

Carter says ‘navigational error’ caused sailors to enter Iranian waters

Carter says ‘navigational error’ caused sailors to enter Iranian waters

Special to WorldTribune.com The 10 sailors detained by Iran were on two U.S. vessels that entered Iranian waters due to a “navigational error,” Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Jan. 14. “They did not report this navigational error at the time. It may be that they were trying to sort it out at the time […]

Egypt kills 30 terrorists in Sinai raid

Egypt kills 30 terrorists in Sinai raid

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt reported its forces killed 30 jihadists in a raid on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) affiliate in North Sinai on Jan. 14. Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir said Egyptian forces launched air strikes on Sinai Province targets near the city of Sheikh Zuweid after security forces gained […]

State Dept. reports concrete poured into Arak nuclear reactor, mum on violations

State Dept. reports concrete poured into Arak nuclear reactor, mum on violations

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran has poured concrete into the core of its heavy water reactor at Arak, the U.S. State Department said on Jan. 14. The move is seen as critical to the implementation of the nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers and the lifting of sanctions that will free up billions of dollars […]

Bipartisan anger builds in Congress over Iran’s detention of U.S. sailors

Bipartisan anger builds in Congress over Iran’s detention of U.S. sailors

Special to WorldTribune.com Members of Congress from both sides of the aisle expressed outrage over Iran’s detention of 10 U.S. Navy personnel and what was seen as a significant humiliation of the United States due to weak leadership from the Obama administration. “The IRGC (Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps) communicated the message to the domestic and […]

Iran: USS Truman was ‘within our range’ and made ‘unprofessional moves’ after seizure of U.S. boats

Iran: USS Truman was ‘within our range’ and made ‘unprofessional moves’ after seizure of U.S. boats

Special to WorldTribune.com The commander of Iran’s navy said that his forces were “awaiting orders” after Iran seized two U.S. patrol boats on Jan. 12 and that U.S. and French aircraft carriers “were within our range.” “The USS Truman Aircraft carrier showed unprofessional moves for 40 minutes after the detention of the trespassers, while we […]

Carter details plan to take ISIL strongholds but not ‘Americanize’ conflict

Carter details plan to take ISIL strongholds but not ‘Americanize’ conflict

Special to WorldTribune.com Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Jan. 13 said the U.S.-led coalition has a plan in place to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. “The specialized expeditionary targeting force I announced in December is now in place and is preparing to work with […]

Iraqi refugee charged with plan to bomb Houston malls

Iraqi refugee charged with plan to bomb Houston malls

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iraqi refugee suspected of sympathizing with the Islamic State extremist group wanted to set off bombs at two Texas malls and was learning to make explosive devices, U.S. authorities said on January 13. Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan, who emigrated to Houston from Iraq in 2009, […]

U.S. Supreme Court seen allowing terror victims to get frozen Iran funds

U.S. Supreme Court seen allowing terror victims to get frozen Iran funds

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. Supreme Court is set to clear the way for families of American victims of Iran-sponsored terrorism to collect some $2 billion. The funds would be part of a $2.65 billion judgment against Iran the families won in U.S. federal court in 2007. The funds are currently being held in New […]