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Democrats face test on U.S. Mideast policy, and their actions will be recorded for posterity

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner I don’t envy the position of sensible Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate these days. As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said recently – the world is on fire – and President Obama and […]

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Egypt’s Sinai offensive kills 43, captures 87, destroys 16 terror hideouts

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Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt’s Army reported the killing of 43 terrorists in its ongoing offensive in Sinai. Army spokesman Mohamed Samir said the terrorists were killed with the help of air power, in firefights that broke out after attempted attacks […]

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Brightened Afghan prospects challenged by ISIL ‘foothold’, Taliban terror, weak economy

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s long and tortuous road to peace and reconciliation still seems a near mirage as an entrenched terrorist insurgency continuously rebuffs political and security gains made by the Kabul government […]

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ISIL offensive stalls but it may succeed in breaking off a piece of Iraq

A Shi'ite military vehicle attacked by ISIL fighters burns in northern Tikrit on March 11. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) offensive in Iraq of last June continues to cause alarm around the world, even though it stalled shortly thereafter. It has been unable to regain […]

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ISIL said to be establishing a presence in Afghanistan

U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom in Kabul on Feb. 18. / Wakil Kohsar / Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The top UN envoy in Afghanistan says recent reports indicate the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) extremist group has moved into Afghanistan. Nicholas Haysom was speaking to the UN […]

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Cousin of Syrian President Assad gunned down under disputed circumstances

Images of Mohammed Tawfiq al-Assad with the Syrian president paired with the obituary have been published on social media sites but there had been no early reports in the state media.

Special to WorldTribune.com A prominent cousin of Syrian President Bashar Assad was shot and killed last week under circumstances that gave rise to a series of conflicting reports. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a pro-opposition Britain-based monitor, said Mohammed […]

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U.S. warns Americans in Saudi Arabia, closes embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. / Getty

The U.S. embassy in Riyadh closed its offices today and warned Americans in the country to be on alert. A statement on its website said consular services had been cancelled in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dhahran on March 16, and that […]

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Winning ‘hybrid wars’: U.S. civilian sector could best answer Putin-Lenin-ISIL style threats

'Man at the Crossroads': Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City glorifies Vladimir Lenin.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman It is seductive to conclude that “hybrid war” is a creature of the 21st century in which technology now offers an alternative and indeed reinforcement to the blunter use of military force. Based on […]

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Saudis press Kerry on Iran’s growing role in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh, on March 5. / Evan Vucci / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran’s expanding and increasingly open military presence in Iraq was foremost in the mind of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister when he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on March 5. Prince Saud al-Faisal accused Iran […]

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Al Qaida leaders, ‘military commander’ killed by air strikes

Abu Hommam al-Shami in 2014 video.

Special to WorldTribune.com Al Qaida’s Nusra Front has confimed the death of “military commander” Abu Hommam al-Shami by an air strike on March 5. Other Nusra Front leaders were reported killed as well and the fate of top leader Abu Mohammad […]

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