Japan’s 2015 White Paper raises threat level on China

Latest on LIFE

CosmicTribune

Home » Syria “Syria”

Kurdish fighters, Syrian troops expel ISIL from Hasakh after month-long battle

A Kurdish fighter mans a machine gun in the al-Nashwa neighbourhood in the northeastern Syrian province of Hasakah on July 26.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was driven out of the capital of Syria’s Hasakah province on July 28 after a month-long battle with Kurdish fighters and Syrian government troops. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

U.S., Turkey in talks on ISIL-free border zone; NATO convenes emergency meeting

Turkish soldiers near the Turkish-Syrian border town Reyhanli. / Osman Orsal / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,Turkey,U.S. Military | Read More »

ISIL’s and Iran’s expanded power loom as legacy of Obama’s military exit from Iraq

JanKubis

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” said Jan Kubis, the UN’s […]

Posted in BB Columnists,Columnists,Exclusives,Iran,Iraq,John Metzler,Mideast,Stateside,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,U.S. Military,Washington | Read More »

‘Game changer': Turkey opens air base to U.S., carries out first air strikes against ISIL positions

Turkish F-16.

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish jets bombed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) positions inside Syria for the first time on July 23. F-16 fighter jets launched the attacks from the southern city of Diyarbakir and dropped four guided bombs […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,Turkey,World Links | Read More »

Iraq hell: ISIL surge has led to humanitarian catastrophe

Iraqis cross the Syrian-Iraqi border over the Tigris River. Ahmad Al-Rubaye / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United Nations envoy for Iraq warned that a lack of funds for desperately needed humanitarian aid has already cut food rations and may be forcing Iraqis to look to the […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Heart of the terrorist: ISIL broadens appeal of its social media propaganda

Chechen ISIL commander Abu Umar Grozny holds a child in a social-media posts.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Joanna Paraszczuk, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty “I love my mom very much…. When I start to think about my mother, my God, it’s as if my heart is breaking.” These words are from the […]

Posted in Africa / Europe,BB Africa,BB Middle East,Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Why did the chicken cross the road? Signs of ISIL desperation as its supply lines are cut

ISIL chicken bomb.  /Daily Star

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), having had supply lines cut by Kurdish forces in Syria as well as forces in Iraq, is now resorting to strapping explosives to chickens, reports say. Iraqi officials reported on […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

ISIL post warns ‘Jihadi brides’ on ‘romanticism’ of ISIL propaganda, laments ‘pathetic’ reality of ‘this world’

"By Allah, stop this romanticism. Bury it in the cemetery of illusions!" / YouTube

Special to WorldTribune.com By Joanna Paraszczuk, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A post slamming “jihadi brides” for romanticizing what it is like to live in territory in Syria and Iraq controlled by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq […]

Posted in Africa / Europe,BB Africa,BB Middle East,Exclusives,Mideast,Russia,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories | Read More »

Reports: ISIL using chemical weapons in Syria and Iraq

ISIL is said to have used chemical agents in munitions on at least three occasions.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is reportedly using chemical agents in bombs and improvised explosive devices (IEDs) against Kurdish forces and civilians in Syria and Iraq. Two U.K.-based groups, Conflict Armament Research (CAR) and Sahan […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Iraq,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Turkey’s calculation in finally joining the fight to stop ISIL

Turkish soldiers stand at a position on the Turkish-Syrian border near the southeastern town of Suruc.  /Murad Sezer/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkey has increased its role in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) but many observers say Ankara joined the fight in order to ultimately stop Kurds from establishing an autonomous region in northern […]

Posted in BB Middle East,Exclusives,Mideast,Syria,Terrorism,Top Stories,Turkey,U.S. Military,Washington,World Links | Read More »