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‘Cubs of the Caliphate’: Survey finds ISIL provides young Syrian males with meaning, sense of purpose, income

Many Syrian youth are finding a "new life in extremism."  /YouTube

Special to WorldTribune.com Young Syrians who have been left without a school, a job or any meaning in their lives by the country’s devastating civil war are finding that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) offers “a new meaning […]

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What goes around . . .: Boastful jihadist, propagandist who recruited Brits for ISIL killed in airstrike

Raphael Hostey (centre), 23, left Manchester to join Isis in 2013.  /Twitter

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist who boasted on social media of his prowess in recruiting British fighters and jihadi brides was reportedly killed in a drone strike in Syria. Raphael Hostey, also known […]

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The critical foreign policy issues Donald Trump’s foreign policy speech needed to tackle

Donald Trump at the National Press Club on April 27.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Donald Trump’s much ballyhooed foreign policy speech was a minor disaster. Not only did Trump fail to set out a succinct foreign policy philosophy and agenda, but the speech itself [even with a […]

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Iran said pitching Israeli invasion in bid to recruit teens for war in Syria

Propaganda poster in Teheran.

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid heavy casualty figures in Syria, Iran is telling teenage recruits they have the opportunity to defend sacred Shi’ite shrines in Syria and eventually invade Israel. It is the first time Teheran has turned to children volunteers […]

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Report: U.S. commandos have killed 40 top ISIL operatives

ISIL second-in-command Haji Imam was killed by U.S. special forces in March.

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. commandos have killed at least 40 senior operatives for Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a report said. Defense officials told The Daily Beast that among those killed by U.S. special operations forces have been […]

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Both U.S., Russia strengthening engagement with Kurdish forces in Syria

A new deployment of 250 U.S. troops to Syria will consist mainly of Army Green Berets.

Special to WorldTribune.com A deployment of largely Army Green Berets will join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Syria, Obama administration officials confirmed on April 24. The Green Berets are among a group of 250 […]

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Reports: ISIL killing injured jihadists, selling organs on black market

ISIL jihadists in Mosul, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com With many of its revenue streams being cut off, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has resorted to killing its injured fighters and selling their organs on the black market, reports say. The terror organization is […]

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Report: Russia breaks military deal with U.S. in Syria

A Russian Su-24 attack aircraft sweeps low over the USS Donald Cook.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Russian planes have carried out “simulated attacks” on U.S. jets over Syria in what is seen as a breach of last year’s military agreement between Moscow and Washington, a report said. The two countries signed a memorandum […]

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Obama adviser: Hillary Clinton’s plan for no-fly zone in Syria won’t work

Hillary Clinton still believes a no-fly zone over Syria is a good idea.  /Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Hillary Clinton’s idea for a no-fly zone in Syria “would not solve the ISIL problem,” a White House official said. The no-fly zone proposed by Democratic presidential front-runner and former secretary of state would be ineffective and […]

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Syrian opposition rejects any idea that would allow Assad to say on in limited role

Syrian President Bashar Assad

Special to WorldTribune.com An idea proposed during UN-chaired talks in Syria that would allow President Bashar Assad to retain power on an interim basis was immediately shot down by the Syrian opposition. Reports said the idea was put forward during […]

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