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Contrast: Putin favors existing Mideast balance of power while Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’


Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Saudi-backed rebels from Army of Islam shell major Syrian cities

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic rebels have conducted one of their biggest rocket attacks in Syria. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Islamic militia attacks on at least three major Syrian cities. The British-based opposition group said the […]

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ISIL looks to Afghanistan but faces resistance from the Taliban, Pakistan, China

ISIL forces in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamist State of Iraq and Levant is seeking to capitalize on its summer offensives in Syria and Iraq by establishing itself as the leader of Islamist militancy – this, at the expense […]

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Report: Germany classified list of companies that helped build Syria’s CW stockpile

A U.N. chemical weapons expert holds sample from an alleged chemical weapons near Damascus, Syria in August 2013. / Mohamed Abdullah / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany concealed a list of companies that helped Syria’s chemical weapons program. A leading German publication asserted that the government of Chancellor Angela Merkel has refused to release a list of German companies suspected of […]

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Iran reports general also killed by Israeli air strike in Golan

Mohammed Ali Allahdadi.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has reported the killing of a general in an Israeli air strike on the Syrian portion of the Golan Heights which also killed a Hizbullah commander. Officials said an Israeli attack helicopter fired two […]

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Israeli air-to-ground missiles kills top Hizbullah commander in Syria’s Golan Heights

Jihad Mughniyeh, seen in 2008.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Israel Air Force has killed a top Hizbullah commander. The air force was said to have fired air-to-ground missiles that killed Jihad Mughniyeh on Jan. 18 near the village of Mizrat Al Amal. Mughniyeh […]

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Morocco dismantles 2nd ISIL cell in wave of 1,200 returnees from Iraq, Syria

The ministry said the cell consisted of eight operatives, including released security prisoners.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Morocco has reported the dismantling of another cell of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Interior Ministry said an ISIL recruiting cell was captured by security forces. The ministry said the cell, which sought […]

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Report: 113 Syrian air strikes killed 24 civilians in one day

Syrians survey damages after air strikes in October 2014.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian military, hampered by a manpower shortage, has intensified air strikes on Sunni rebel strongholds. The Syrian opposition reported a sharp increase in air strikes on rebel strongholds. On Jan. 14, the Syrian Observatory […]

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Iran’s nuclear site in Syria? Obama administration won’t make it an issue in Geneva

Before and after photos of nuclear facility in the northern province of Dir Al Zour in 2007. / Digital Globe

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States said it won’t raise reports of an Iranian nuclear facility in Syria. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community and State Department were examining reports that Iran was helping Syria build a nuclear […]

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UN calls use of its stolen cars for terror attacks ‘unacceptable’

Jihadist with stolen UN vehicle in Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida has been using stolen United Nations vehicles for terror bombings in southern Syria. Syrian opposition as well as the regime of President Bashar Assad have reported the use of UN vehicles in attacks […]

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