Kurds open ‘missions’ in world capitals for new federal region in Syria

Kurds open ‘missions’ in world capitals for new federal region in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, May 24, 2016 Syria’s Kurds have opened a representative office in Paris, following similar openings in Moscow, Berlin and Stockholm. The Kurds, who in March unilaterally proclaimed the creation of the Rojava federal region in northern Syria, opened the new office in central Paris on May 23. “Our priority is to defeat […]

ISIL launches major offensive on Assad’s Alawite strongholds in Syria

ISIL launches major offensive on Assad’s Alawite strongholds in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, May 24, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) killed at least 100 people in bombing attacks on a pair of Assad regime strongholds that had gone relatively untouched in the five-year Syrian conflict. ISIL attacks on May 23 killed 53 people in the northwestern coastal city of Jableh in Latakia […]

Kurdish forces launch major attack on capital city of ISIL’s ‘caliphate’

Kurdish forces launch major attack on capital city of ISIL’s ‘caliphate’

by WorldTribune Staff, May 24, 2016 A force of 50,000 Kurdish and Arab fighters have launched a major offensive aimed at driving Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) from its de facto “capital” of Raqqa, Syria. An alliance led and dominated by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) along with fighters from the Syrian Democratic […]

Syria restores pride of Russian military after years of decay

Syria restores pride of Russian military after years of decay

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct, May 16, 2016 Edition After years of neglect and decay that saw its ranks shrink from five to one million personnel, Russia signaled with its mission in Syria that it has returned as a major military force. Millions of Russians saw on nightly news casts how Russia’s modernized force dominated on […]

Major Syrian gas field hit by explosions tied to ISIL

Major Syrian gas field hit by explosions tied to ISIL

By World Tribune Staff on May 17, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) blew up several pumping stations at a major Syrian gas field on May 16. The explosions at the Shaer gas field were reportedly felt as far away as Palmyra, which is 50 meters (30 miles) southeast of Shaer. “There were […]

As it is written: The Jihadists in their own words — Part II, Advancing terror to ‘savagery’

As it is written: The Jihadists in their own words — Part II, Advancing terror to ‘savagery’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs [See: Part I, The subversion of Europe, May 13, 2016] In 2004, Sheikh Abu Bakr Naji published his main book titled “Management of Savagery: The Most Critical Stage Through Which the Islamic Nation Will Pass” which would define the […]

As it is written: The Jihadists in their own words — Part I, The subversion of Europe

As it is written: The Jihadists in their own words — Part I, The subversion of Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs Jihad is escalating into Europe. The mid-November 2015 jihadist strike at the heart of Paris, the late-March 2016 jihadist strike at the heart of Brussels, as well as the host of smaller “incidents” such as the mid-May 2016 stabbing […]

Al Qaida’s Nusra Front captures pro-Assad Alawite village

Al Qaida’s Nusra Front captures pro-Assad Alawite village

Special to WorldTribune.com Al Qaida affiliate Nusra Front and its Sunni Islamist allies seized an Alawite village in central Syria on May 12. Nusra Front and Ahrar al-Sham, an ultraconservative Sunni Islamic militant group, launched an assault on the village of Zara, killing more than 30 pro-Assad regime fighters, according to the Local Coordination Committees […]

At UN debate, platitudes about terrorism and near silence about state sponsors

At UN debate, platitudes about terrorism and near silence about state sponsors

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Stressing that terrorism “can only be defeated by a sustained and comprehensive approach” involving the active participation and collaboration of all States, the UN Security Council hosted an open debate on developing a counter-narrative campaign to in effect dissuade, discourage and ultimately defuse this widening […]

Report finds record 40.8 million people displaced by conflict in 2015

Report finds record 40.8 million people displaced by conflict in 2015

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The number of people uprooted within their own countries by war and conflict rose last year to a record 40.8 million, a report published on May 10 found. “This is the highest figure ever recorded and twice the number of refugees worldwide,” said Jan Egeland, head […]

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