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ISIL kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Syrians examine the site of reported bombings by ISIL in the town of Marea.

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) suicide bomber killed two Iraqi generals in Anbar province on Aug. 27 as the terror group was said to have continued to make gains in Syria. Iraqi military spokesman […]

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Khamenei aide: Iran to lead ‘resistance axis,’ thwart U.S. influence


Special to WorldTribune.com By Backgrounder* Iran and its Mideast allies must form a “resistance axis” to turn back American influence in the region, a top adviser to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said. Ali Akbar Velayati said that the “resistance axis” of […]

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Iran recruiting Afghan refugees for often fatal missions to bolster Assad’s Syria

The latest estimates suggest at least 3,500 Afghans are fighting in Syria in support of Bashar Assad.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran is said to be recruiting refugees from Afghanistan to replenish the heavily-depleted forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Afghans recruited as mercenaries and relatives of some fighters who were killed in Syria say the recruitment effort […]

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United States, Turkey complete plans for ‘comprehensive’ offensive against ISIL


Special to WorldTribune.com The United States and Turkey are set to engage in “comprehensive” air operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Aug. 24 that the air campaign will target […]

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Syrian circles of Hell: Is a political solution even possible?


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Syria continues to descend into the inferno while the international community stands transfixed. A political solution seems elusive as ever, the civil war grinds on having killed over 250,000 people, […]

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Jihad sex panic: AIDS-infected ISIL fighters could get suicide missions

ISIL terrorists.

Special to WorldTribune.com AIDS is running rampant in the ranks of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) as the practice of sexual jihad has backfired. ISIL’s terrorists are said to be in a state of panic in the Syrian […]

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Iran backs UN’s peace plan for Syria proposed by Russia

UN Security Council

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran signaled its support for a United Nations plan to end the four-year war in Syria that was proposed by Russia. Teheran on Aug. 20 said it welcomed the plan, adding that President Bashar Assad’s regime needed […]

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Israel strikes militants in Syrian Golan Heights after rocket attack

An Israeli soldier at the Golan Heights border with Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com Israel says a series of air strikes killed four Iran-backed Islamic Jihad terrorists in the Syrian Golan Heights on Aug. 21 after rockets were fired into Israel from Syria. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said 14 Syrian […]

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Yazidi singer forms ‘Sun Girls’ battalion to fight ISIL: ‘They have no humanity’

Xate Shingali, front left, and part of the "Sun Girls" battalion.  /Owen Holdaway photo

Special to WorldTribune.com A Yazidi folk singer has formed an all-female fighting unit which aims to take revenge on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) terrorists who executed, raped and drove thousands of Yazidis from their homes. The “Sun […]

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Antiquities scholar beheaded by ISIL refused to lead terrorists to hidden Palmyra artifacts

Khaled al-Asaad in 2002.  /Marc Deville/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed an antiquities scholar who refused to reveal to the terrorists where valuable Palmyra antiquities were being hidden. ISIL militants beheaded Khaled al-Asaad, 82, a renowned antiquities scholar in […]

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