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Saudis press Kerry on Iran’s growing role in Iraq

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal in Riyadh, on March 5. / Evan Vucci / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran’s expanding and increasingly open military presence in Iraq was foremost in the mind of Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister when he met with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry on March 5. Prince Saud al-Faisal accused Iran […]

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Al Qaida leaders, ‘military commander’ killed by air strikes

Abu Hommam al-Shami in 2014 video.

Special to WorldTribune.com Al Qaida’s Nusra Front has confimed the death of “military commander” Abu Hommam al-Shami by an air strike on March 5. Other Nusra Front leaders were reported killed as well and the fate of top leader Abu Mohammad […]

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Memo to the president: Beware another Vietnam quagmire on the Tigris and Euphrates

An American soldier guides an unseen helicopter to a jungle clearing in a 1968 photo from Vietnam. / Art Greenspon / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman For those of us old enough to recall the Vietnam War, fact and reality were obscured and mangled by successive White Houses anxious to reach the delusional “light at the end of the tunnel.” […]

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Rumsfeld on how to deal with ISIL threat, Valerie Jarrett and Vladimir Putin

Former U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld: "The president has got two more years. It seems to me the only thing that could change it is not going to be the press. It's not going to be the Congress." / Chad J. McNeeley / Department of Defense.

Special to WorldTribune.com Greta Van Susteren, Feb. 17, FOX News: They are savages. And tonight, more news breaking. ISIS militants have reportedly burned to death 45 people in Iraq. The horrifying slaughter taking place in the western Iraqi town of […]

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The under-reported stealth war on Mideast Christians

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, […]

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Transforming U.S.-Egypt ties: What Sadat accomplished, the Obama administration has undone

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat greets Israeli Prime Minister Menahem Begin upon his arrival for his historic visit Nov. 19, 1977, at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport.

Egypt has already made its move away from the United States, although many in Washington do not seem to even understand what a seismic shift it was. Egypt is reviving economically and strategically, and promises to transform the Suez-Red Sea […]

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Are raging hormones ISIL’s latest weapon?

Three UK Schoolgirls Feared To Be Traveling To Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Last week’s highly publicized White House summit on countering violent extremism provoked greatest criticism on two points. First, President Barack Obama was roundly attacked for not using any variant of the words Islam or […]

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Fighting a primitive threat with a 21st century mindset? Think about it

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Wealth is the great opiate. It creates a sense of invincibility, even when battles are lost, and wars fail to sustain or expand victory. The syndrome is exemplified […]

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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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Top U.S.-backed militia switches allegiance to Saudi-sponsored rebels

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The leading Syrian rebel militia appears to have left sponsorship by the United States for Saudi Arabia. The Hazem Movement has joined an alliance of Sunni rebels backed by Saudi Arabia, Middle East Newsline reported. […]

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