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Tragedy in Ramadi, denial at the White House and a seismic shift in the balance of power

FallOfRamadi

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The fall of the critically important city of Ramadi to terrorists, the widening humanitarian crisis throughout the country involving millions of displaced persons, and the continuing pressures on a still-fragile […]

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India, South Korea and U.S. find themselves on same side in the Great Game for Asia

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Two very different visitors crossed paths in Seoul this week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bumped into each other after calling on President Park Geun-Hye at […]

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ISIL now said to control 50 percent of Syria’s landmass

Special to WorldTribune.com After seizing Palmyra on May 20, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) now controls 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “There are no forces to stop them [entering the ruins],” […]

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U.S. President Obama: Best friend of Eurasia’s predators

Erdogan and Obama

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy With Iran, another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence. They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them — Russians, Turks, Arabs, […]

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Iraqis again abandon major U.S. weapons platforms fleeing Ramadi

ISIL militants in Iraq. /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com The Iraqi military abandoned more that 100 vehicles and weapons systems as it fled Ramadi, including several U.S.-origin platforms. Keeping the military vehicles out of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) hands is vital, Pentagon spokesman […]

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ISIL threatens ancient Roman World Heritage site at Palmyra, Syria

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has taken at least a third of the town near the Syrian historical city of Palmyra, according to reports by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Losing Palmyra would […]

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Pentagon intelligence report warning of Benghazi attack was circulating on day it happened

U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. / Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed […]

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U.S. forces seen as only answer after ISIL counters strike in Syria by taking Ramadi

Residents flee Ramadi as ISIL forces advance. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) responded decisively after losing a key leader in a raid last week by U.S. special forces in eastern Syria. ISIL forces took the key city Ramadi, Iraq during a […]

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Before Iran talks resume, map of the Middle East may already have changed

Rebel fighters in Jisr al-Shughour where Assad forces surrendered on April 26. / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The already extremely complex Middle East may be on the verge of becoming even more so. At this point, the Sh’ia northern arc of Iran, Iraq, Assad and Hizbullah is in confrontation with the […]

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UN report: ISIL runs ‘slave bazaar’ in which girls are stripped and traded as livestock

“Women and girls are at risk and under assault at every point of their lives.”

Special to WorldTribune.com A United Nations report has revealed shocking details of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) brutality includes a “slave bazaar” in which young rape victims are stripped naked before being sold and traded like livestock. […]

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