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U.S.-led coalition say ongoing air strikes in Iraq are reversing ISIL gains

Iraq's Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left, and U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House on April 14. / Jonathan Ernst / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has released data it says supports claims that U.S. air strikes in Iraq are rolling back last year’s offensive by Islamic State if Iraq and Levant (ISIL). A detailed White House fact sheet  released […]

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Billions of digital words and our spinner-in-chief are only making matters worse

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Sol W. Sanders One of the many reasons we commemorate the catastrophic death of Abraham Lincoln 150 years ago is to celebrate his incredible style, his ability in a few words to sum up the essence of our hopes and […]

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Boat with hundreds fleeing Libya sinks in Mediterranean

An Italian coast guard vessel and helicopter search for survivors on April 19. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Italian media reports say as many as 700 people are feared dead after a boat packed with migrants capsized overnight off the Libyan coast. As news of the tragedy spread, French […]

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With new arrests, Morocco continues aggressive security response to ISIL threat

Tunisians living in Morocco demonstrate on behalf of victims of the attack by on the National Bardo Museum in Tunis, on March 20. The signs pictured carry the messages "With my blood I fight for my country", left, and "Viva Tunisia", right.  Stringer / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Moroccan police have arrested a French woman of Moroccan origin and her male companion in the southern city of Safi for suspected links to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The statement on April 16 said the […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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ISIL launches desperate attack on Iraq’s Basiji refinery

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Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) suicide bombers led a thee-pronged attack Saturday on Iraq’s largest refinery, a senior army officer said. “Three suicide attackers were able to reach the entrances of the refinery. Two were […]

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Group loyal to ISIL claims credit for bloody series of Sinai attacks Sunday

An Egyptian military vehicle (file photo) was attacked by a roadside bomb in one of three attacks Sunday in North Sinai. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Three Islamist militant attacks in North Sinai on Sunday killed at least 13 most of who were security officers. In one attack, a roadside bomb killed six Egyptian soldiers including two officers in the North […]

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Social media knife in America’s back: ISIL’s top threat not beheadings or infiltration

Navy Adm. William Gortney, commander of the Colorado-based U.S. Northern Command.

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant horrified the West with its mass beheadings of hostages and used its notoriety to attract restless youth worldwide. But such barbaric tactics is not what primarily concerns Navy Adm. William […]

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Three hundred Kurdish civilians captured by Islamist militants in Syria

Militants from the Al Qaida-aligned Nusra Front. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The al-Nusra Front has reportedly kidnapped some 300 Kurdish men and children as they traveled to Aleppo. “They were traveling in buses and stopped at a checkpoint. They are civilians. None of them are fighters,” Kurdish official […]

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Remains of 1,700 soldiers unearthed in Tikrit; Iraqi PM compares ISIL’s lure to child porn

An Iraqi Shiite fighter prays at a burial site in Tikrit believed to hold victims of a June 2014 massacre in which hundreds of army cadets were executed by ISIL jihadists. / Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP / Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iraqi forensic teams have begun excavating 12 suspected mass grave sites thought to hold the bodies of up to 1,700 soldiers killed by Islamic State (IS) militants in the city of […]

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