Syria’s soccer team keeps World Cup dreams alive

Syria’s soccer team keeps World Cup dreams alive

by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2017 Syria’s national soccer team continued its improbable run in World Cup qualifying on Sept. 5 with a 2-2 draw against Iran. Iran had taken a 2-1 second half lead and seemed headed for victory when Syria scored in injury time, a goal that kept alive Syria’s hopes of qualifying […]

U.S.-Egypt resume annual military exercises canceled by Obama in 2011

U.S.-Egypt resume annual military exercises canceled by Obama in 2011

by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2017 The United States and Egypt have agreed to resume the “Operation Bright Star” military exercises. The bi-annual exercises had been held since 1981, but were postponed by the Obama administration in 2011 following the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak and brought to power the pro-Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohammed Morsi. […]

Netanyahu: Israel’s relations with Arab world best ever ‘in our history’

Netanyahu: Israel’s relations with Arab world best ever ‘in our history’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 6, 2017 An unprecedented thawing of relations between Israel and the Sunni Arab world is flawed only by the policies of the Palestinian Authority, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “What we have now is greater than anything else during any other period in Israel’s history,” Netanyahu said on Sept. 6 […]

Hizbullah in ‘internal crisis,’ won’t start war, Israel says

Hizbullah in ‘internal crisis,’ won’t start war, Israel says

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2017 Hurting financially, racked by internal turmoil and with its troops deployed across the Middle East, Hizbullah is not likely to engage in conflict with Israel in the near future, a top Israeli military official said. “It is an internal crisis over what they are fighting for, an economic crisis […]

Russia adds Egypt to list of Mideast nuclear power deals

Russia adds Egypt to list of Mideast nuclear power deals

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2017 Egypt and Russia on Sept. 4 finalized a deal in which Moscow will fund the construction of a nuclear power plant in Egypt. The deal was announced after Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in China, where they were attending a summit, the Associated […]

Analyst: Suppression of dissent in Iran unchallenged by West

Analyst: Suppression of dissent in Iran unchallenged by West

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2017 While the West may be critical of Iran’s practice of imprisoning, torturing and executing dissidents, the Islamic Republic has no fear that any real action will be taken to stop it, an analyst said. “Iran will pay no price for clamping down on dissent,” retired Army Col. Robert Maginnis told […]

Iran warns it would ‘not hesitate to bring down’ U.S. spy planes

Iran warns it would ‘not hesitate to bring down’ U.S. spy planes

by WorldTribune Staff, September 5, 2017 The commander of Iran’s air defense force said Teheran warned away two U.S. spy aircraft in recent months and “would not hesitate” to shoot down such craft in the future. Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili said an unmanned U.S. RQ-4 drone was diverted near Iranian air space on Aug. 26. […]

Jordan, Iraq reopen main border crossing for first time in 3 years

Jordan, Iraq reopen main border crossing for first time in 3 years

by WorldTribune Staff, September 3, 2017 Iraq’s main border crossing with Jordan reopened on Aug. 30 after Iraqi forces cleared a 500-kilometer route from Baghdad to Amman of Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists. The crossing at Tureibil had been officially closed for three years. After a heated debate, Iraqi parliament agreed to allow privately-owned U.S. security […]

The other, non-Korean nuclear threat: Israeli strike called only way to stop Iran

The other, non-Korean nuclear threat: Israeli strike called only way to stop Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, August 31, 2017 An Israeli military strike may be the only option left to effectively derail Iran’s nuclear program, former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton said. Decades of failed U.S. diplomacy with Iran, including the Obama administration’s nuclear accord, actually paved the way for the Israeli option, Bolton told the […]

Iraqi forces drive ISIS from all but one city, stretches of desert

Iraqi forces drive ISIS from all but one city, stretches of desert

by WorldTribune Staff, August 31, 2017 Iraq’s military said it has driven Islamic State (ISIS) out of Tal Afar, one of the last cities in Iraq that had been under the terror group’s control. Gen. Abdelamir Yarallah, head of military operations in the region, said federal police and special units had raised the Iraqi flag […]