‘Horrendous’ statistics: The ongoing decimation of Christians and their churches

‘Horrendous’ statistics: The ongoing decimation of Christians and their churches

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders A pervasive persecution of Christians goes on throughout the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia with relatively small organized efforts to oppose it, even among Western churchmen. True, Pope Francis has spoken out against discrimination, and in many instances, imprisonment and worse. In April he made a […]

Caliphate capital Mosul freed from ISIS terror: Has anybody noticed?

Caliphate capital Mosul freed from ISIS terror: Has anybody noticed?

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — After a bitter eight-month fight, the Iraqi military has finally freed Mosul from the brutal grip of Islamic State. This victory in retaking this key northern city has shattered the terror organization’s invincibility and moreover liberated one of the so-called Caliphate’s twin capitals. The fight […]

Syria-North Korea missile cooperation: Assad said to visit top-secret base

Syria-North Korea missile cooperation: Assad said to visit top-secret base

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Syria, with the cooperation of North Korea and Russia, is constructing a secret facility to manufacture long-range missiles in a rural area outside the port city of Tartus, a Syrian opposition website reported. The Zamanalwsl.net website said that Syrian President Bashar Assad recently visited the facility under the guise of […]

In blow to Iran, Russians ‘pressuring’ Assad to sever ties with Hizbullah

In blow to Iran, Russians ‘pressuring’ Assad to sever ties with Hizbullah

by WorldTribune Staff, July 18, 2017 Pro-Russian factions inside the Syrian regime’s inner circle are pressing President Bashar Assad to cut Syria’s alliance with Iran-backed Hizbullah, a report said. “There is a pro-Moscow faction that wants Syria to be secular and includes officers who trained in Russia,” said Ayman Abdel Nour, publisher of the largest anti-Assad Syrian […]

Tillerson: Russia will decide Assad’s fate in post-war Syria

Tillerson: Russia will decide Assad’s fate in post-war Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, July 5, 2017 The United States will focus on defeating Islamic State (ISIS) and defer to Russia when the time comes to decide Syrian President Bashar Assad’s fate, a report said. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson told UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a private State Department meeting last week that Russia is […]

U.S.-backed Kurdish coalition forces close in on ISIS in Raqqa

U.S.-backed Kurdish coalition forces close in on ISIS in Raqqa

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A U.S.-backed Arab-Kurd coalition fighting Islamic State (ISIS) militants near Raqqa has captured the district of Al-Qadisia outside of the extremists’ self-declared capital in Syria, military officials say. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) took Al-Qadisia, west of Raqqa, after three days of intense fighting, the SDF […]

Supreme Court unanimous on Trump’s travel ban, will hear same-sex wedding cake case

Supreme Court unanimous on Trump’s travel ban, will hear same-sex wedding cake case

by WorldTribune Staff, June 26, 2017 The Supreme Court in a unanimous decision on June 26 restored most of President Donald Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel to the U.S. from six terror-prone nations. “Today’s unanimous Supreme Court decision is a clear victory for our national security,” Trump said in a statement shortly after the […]

Israel strikes Assad regime targets after errant mortars from Syria land in Israeli territory

Israel strikes Assad regime targets after errant mortars from Syria land in Israeli territory

by WorldTribune Staff, June 25, 2017 Israel, which has for the most part stayed out of the civil war in Syria, launched airstrikes on Assad regime targets on June 24 in response to wayward mortar shell fire in Syria that landed in Israeli territory. Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Israeli warplanes attacked a […]

UN secretary general bemoans refugee tsunami, appeals for consideration and assimilation

UN secretary general bemoans refugee tsunami, appeals for consideration and assimilation

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In an impassioned appeal to the media, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres decried the rising tide of refugees worldwide, but advised that ultimately political solutions to the crises remain the key to stem the tide creating chaotic human displacements. While more than 65 million people […]

U.S. shoots down armed Iran drone over Syria prompting Russian protests

U.S. shoots down armed Iran drone over Syria prompting Russian protests

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said the presence of U.S. forces in Syria was “illegal.” The Pentagon said a U.S. F-15 aircraft flying over Syrian territory fired on the Shaheed 129 drone after it displayed hostile intent and advanced on coalition forces on June 20. […]

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