Assad’s forces advance north toward rebels backed by U.S., Turkey, Gulf states

Assad’s forces advance north toward rebels backed by U.S., Turkey, Gulf states

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2017 Syrian forces backed by Russia, Iran and Hizbullah seized several villages from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) on Jan. 22 as they advanced closer to Turkish-backed rebels in the country’s north. President Bashar Assad’s army and its allies captured the villages of Sora, Moran, Surja al-Saghira and […]

Trump world: What The Donald inherits

Trump world: What The Donald inherits

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Chaos, Conflict and Crisis are some of the words describing the combustible global situation the new American President Donald J. Trump inherits from his predecessor. Far from a stable world order, Donald Trump is entering a complex foreign maze in which he must decipher, decode […]

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stand to reap huge economic rewards for helping Syria’s Assad

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards stand to reap huge economic rewards for helping Syria’s Assad

by WorldTribune Staff, January 20, 2017 Iran’s elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) stands to profit greatly for helping Syrian President Bashar Assad take back most of his country from rebel forces. It what an opposition group called the “looting of the Syrian people,” the IRGC is expected to reap huge financial benefits from the […]

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 19, 2017 While each nation backs opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, Russia and Turkey carried out joint airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets on Jan. 18, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian military spokesman Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said nine Russian aircraft and eight Turkish planes […]

U.S., citing Iran’s arming of Hizballah, urges UN to enforce arms embargo

U.S., citing Iran’s arming of Hizballah, urges UN to enforce arms embargo

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power on January 18 expressed concern that Iran is supplying weapons to Lebanon’s Hizballah in violation of an arms embargo imposed by the United Nations Security Council. Power said Iran’s arming of Hizballah “continues to destabilize the Middle East” and urged the council […]

ISIL seize Syrian airport used for World Food Program drops

ISIL seize Syrian airport used for World Food Program drops

by WorldTribune Staff, January 18, 2017 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists broke through Syrian regime defenses on Jan. 16 to seize control of an area used by the World Food Program (WFP) to deliver vital supplies to civilians. ISIL fighters surrounded the military airport near Deir Ezzor, cutting off food supplies for […]

Iran moves in on Syria with gas, phone, phosphate deals

Iran moves in on Syria with gas, phone, phosphate deals

by WorldTribune Staff, January 18, 2017 A month after helping Bashar Assad’s forces recapture Aleppo, Iran continues to raise its profile in Syria with the announcement on Jan. 17 of deals to build a mobile phone network and gasoline terminal in Syria. The five deals, signed during a visit to Teheran by Syrian Prime Minister […]

Syria accuses Israel of bombing airport near Damascus, threatens to retaliate

Syria accuses Israel of bombing airport near Damascus, threatens to retaliate

by WorldTribune Staff, January 13, 2017 Syria on Jan. 13 accused Israel of bombing a major military airport southwest of Damascus and warned it would retaliate for what it said was a “flagrant” attack. Syrian state television quoted the army as saying several rockets were fired from an area near Lake Kinneret in northern Israel […]

Kerry, on leaked tape, says U.S. watched ISIL’s rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage it’

Kerry, on leaked tape, says U.S. watched ISIL’s rise in Syria and hoped to ‘manage it’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 12, 2017 The United States’ plans to use the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) to push President Bashar Assad to negotiate went awry when Russia came to the defense of its ally in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said. “The reason Russia came in is because […]

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The page has been turned. And the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff Guterres stated, “I think we should […]

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