Trump approves arms to Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objection

Trump approves arms to Syrian Kurds despite Turkey’s objection

by WorldTribune Staff, May 10, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon the go-ahead to arm Syrian Kurdish fighters in the fight to drive Islamic State (ISIS) from its stronghold at Raqqa. The green light was given just one week before Turkey’s president will visit the White House. Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said […]

Surging Kurds see advance in Syria a win for all sides; Turkey is the exception

Surging Kurds see advance in Syria a win for all sides; Turkey is the exception

by WorldTribune Staff, May 8, 2017 Syria’s Kurds, the fighting force that was key in turning the tide against Islamic State (ISIS), are looking to redraw northern Syria to link their autonomous Rojava region with the Mediterranean Sea. Kurds make up the majority of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) that is closing in on ISIS’s […]

Iranian coal miners attack Rouhani’s car at disaster site

Iranian coal miners attack Rouhani’s car at disaster site

by WorldTribune Staff, May 8, 2017 In a rare sign of public dissent, a group of coal miners attacked Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s car on May 7 as he visited the site of an explosion that killed at least 35 miners. Rouhani is running for re-election in the May 19 presidential poll, a contest largely […]

Report: Women, journalists in particular, suffer constant abuse in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen

Report: Women, journalists in particular, suffer constant abuse in Houthi-controlled areas of Yemen

by WorldTribune Staff, May 7, 2017 Life, for those who have survived, is incredibly difficult for women in Yemen living in areas controlled by Iran-backed Houthi rebels, rights groups say. Between September 2014 and March 2016, 459 women were killed and 1,281 injured in Houthi attacks, according to the Human Rights Information and Training Center. […]

Sinai Bedouin are now aligning with Egypt against ISIS

Sinai Bedouin are now aligning with Egypt against ISIS

by WorldTribune Staff, May 5, 2017 Fed up with continued clashes with the Islamic State (ISIS) affiliate in Sinai, Bedouins are now offering assistance to an Egyptian government with which they often refused to cooperate in the past. According to an April 29 report in Al-Arabi Al-Jadeed, ISIS affiliate Sinai Province over the past three years […]

Report: Iran conducting massive military buildup with funds from nuclear deal

Report: Iran conducting massive military buildup with funds from nuclear deal

by WorldTribune Staff, May 4, 2017 Iran is using billions in funds that were freed up under the nuclear deal with world powers to finance an unprecedented military buildup, a report said. Iran’s defense budget has increased by 145 percent under President Hassan Rouhani and the military is moving forward with a massive restructuring effort […]

Palestinian Authority hails UNESCO’s anti-Israel resolution

Palestinian Authority hails UNESCO’s anti-Israel resolution

by WorldTribune Staff, May 3, 2017 The Palestinian Authority (PA) praised a newly passed UN resolution which denies Israel’s rights to Jerusalem, a report said. The UN’s cultural agency, UNESCO, passed a resolution on May 2 that declares “all legislative and administrative measures and actions taken by Israel, the occupying Power, which have altered or […]

Trump urged to press Abbas against backing terrorists’ families

Trump urged to press Abbas against backing terrorists’ families

by WorldTribune Staff, May 3, 2017 A group of Republican senators are urging President Donald Trump to demand that Palestinian Authority (PA) leader Mahmoud Abbas stop paying Palestinian terrorists and their families. In a letter to the president, a delegation of senators led Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, Marco Rubio, Florida Republican, and Tom Cotton, […]

Saudi deputy crown prince: No chance of dialogue with Iran

Saudi deputy crown prince: No chance of dialogue with Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, May 3, 2017 There can be no rapprochement with Iran under current conditions, Saudi Arabia’s deputy crown prince said on May 2. “How can we get along with a regime which has an extremist ideology … and a profound wish to dominate the Muslim world and spread the Shi’ite faith?” Deputy Crown […]

Jordanian official on U.S. embassy being relocated to Jerusalem: Not a problem

Jordanian official on U.S. embassy being relocated to Jerusalem: Not a problem

by WorldTribune Staff, May 2, 2017 Despite the hue and cry in the international arena, the former Jordanian minister of culture said there is no need for Arabs to oppose the United States moving its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Tareq Al-Masarwa, writing for the government daily newspaper Al Rai, and translated by […]