Teen who slashed French priest’s throat had been released from prison after twice attempting to join ISIL

Teen who slashed French priest’s throat had been released from prison after twice attempting to join ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, July 27, 2016 The jihadist who executed a French priest was wearing an electronic monitoring device after his release from prison for attempts to join Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), reports say. On July 26, Adel Kermiche and an accomplice entered the church at Saint-Étienne-du-Rouvray near Rouen in Normandy, where […]

American volunteer who joined Kurdish militia dies fighting ISIL

American volunteer who joined Kurdish militia dies fighting ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, July 24, 2016 An American who volunteered to fight alongside a Kurdish militia against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Syria has been killed in action. Levi Jonathan Shirley was killed in fighting on July 14 as the Kurds fought to liberate the city of Manbij from ISIL. Shirley is […]

U.S. military, European allies uneasy about Obama-Kerry talks with Putin

U.S. military, European allies uneasy about Obama-Kerry talks with Putin

by WorldTribune Staff, July 24, 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry are once again naively banking on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s good faith in the U.S.’s latest proposal for cooperation against jihadist groups in Syria, critics said. U.S. military and intelligence officials said Obama and Kerry are being set up […]

Assad says U.S. ‘not serious’ about defeating ISIL; Kerry in Moscow with ‘final offer’ on Syria

Assad says U.S. ‘not serious’ about defeating ISIL; Kerry in Moscow with ‘final offer’ on Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, July 14, 2016 The United States is offering Russia a new military pact against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and Al Qaida in Syria, according to a leaked U.S. proposal, but analysts say the U.S. had no choice but to cooperate with Russia on Moscow’s terms after Russia’s show of […]

ISIL downs Russian helicopter in Syria, killing two pilots

ISIL downs Russian helicopter in Syria, killing two pilots

by WorldTribune Staff, July 10, 2016 Two pilots were killed when a Russian helicopter was shot down by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists, the Russian military said. The Mi-25 helicopter was shot down east of the ancient city of Palmyra on July 9. The pilots “had received a request from the Syrian […]

Syria’s Assad in interview claims secret coordination with U.S., hits ‘double standard’

Syria’s Assad in interview claims secret coordination with U.S., hits ‘double standard’

by WorldTribune Staff, July 1, 2016 Syrian President Bashar Assad accused the United States and other Western nations of a “double standard” for secretly dealing with him while publicly criticizing him and calling for him to step down. “This is the double standard of the West in general: They attack us politically and they send […]

ISIL repels U.S.-backed forces threatening Iraq-Syria supply route

ISIL repels U.S.-backed forces threatening Iraq-Syria supply route

by WorldTribune Staff, June 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists have turned back an offensive by U.S.-backed Syrian rebels near a key supply route linking the terror group’s territory in Syria and Iraq. The U.S.-trained New Syrian Army (NSA), backed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes, seized a small airbase near the Abu […]

Airstrikes by Russia and Syrian regime kill 58 civilians near ISIL-held Deir Ezzor

Airstrikes by Russia and Syrian regime kill 58 civilians near ISIL-held Deir Ezzor

by WorldTribune Staff, June 26, 2016 Russian and Syrian warplanes pounded an area in eastern Syria held by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), killing at least 82 people, including 58 civilians, a monitoring group reported on June 26. “Three Russian and Syrian regime air raids on the region of Al-Quriyah, southeast of Deir […]

ISIL rallies with advances in Syria, Iraq and Libya

ISIL rallies with advances in Syria, Iraq and Libya

by WorldTribune Staff, June 24, 2016 After suffering losses in Syria, Iraq and Libya, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has launched counteroffensives that have pushed back government and U.S.-backed forces in all three countries. In Syria, ISIL jihadists dealt an embarrassing setback to the government army near the terror group’s de facto capital […]

Obama claims ISIL ‘contained’, but CIA reports ‘six functioning armies’ in Mideast, Africa

Obama claims ISIL ‘contained’, but  CIA reports ‘six functioning armies’ in Mideast, Africa

by WorldTribune Staff, June 23, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is expanding in Africa and the Middle East, according to the U.S. Congress and the CIA, a direct contradiction of President Barack Obama’s claim that the terror organization has been “contained.” ISIL “has created at least six functioning armies” in Libya, Egypt, […]

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