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Hundreds of Syrian forces executed by ISIL after challenging capture of key gas field

ISIL fighters at the Syria-Iraq border.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The Syrian Army, in its first such ground operation, has sought to stop Al Qaida’s capture of a major natural gas field. The Syrian Army has been battling Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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ISIL’s ‘gang of thieves’ in Turkey stole 1,800 vehicles for operations

Close to 2,000 vehicles stolen in Turkey have been put to use by ISIL in Syria and Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has formed a huge fleet of vehicles stolen from Turkey. A leading Turkish daily reported that ISIL was deploying nearly 2,000 Turkish vehicles in Syria. The Milliyet newspaper […]

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Kurdish insurgents deploy 1,000 fighters to stop ISIL siege of Syrian city

PKK fighters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — The leading Kurdish insurgency movement has intervened to save its compatriots in Syria. The Kurdish Workers Party has sent nearly 1,000 fighters to stop an offensive by Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the […]

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Report: Assad has successfully transformed Syria into a Shi’ite nation

A demonstrator with photos of Syrian President Bashar Assad at a rally in Damascus.  /Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com JERUSALEM — Syria has been expelling much of its majority Sunni community, a report said. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that the regime of President Bashar Assad was changing the demographic balance in Syria. […]

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The Middle East through Thomas Friedman’s looking glass

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Special to WorldTribune.com Thomas Friedman’s article is a reflection of an inverted world where minor, secondary characters are villains, where genuine villains never appear at the scene, and people are united by good intentions and ties of friendship. By Alexander […]

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Claim: Major ISIL financing comes from sale of Syrian oil to Turkey

ISIL fighters in Dir Al Zour, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has seized most of Syria’s crude oil sector. The Syrian opposition said ISIL gained control of more than 60 percent of Syrian oil production. The opposition said ISIL […]

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Syria’s 21st century ‘International Brigades’ could sow domestic terror worldwide

Video footage of the gunman who killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels.

NEW YORK — A 22 year old Florida man sets off a suicide bomb in Syria. Seven Dutch jihadis are killed in combat with Syrian army units. A Frenchman, just returned from Syria, kills four people at a Jewish museum […]

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Syrian rebels use tunnels and sewer system to duck air attacks, inflict pain

Syrian rebel in a tunnel near Damascus.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Sunni rebels are waging an underground war to sustain operations near the Syrian capital of Damascus. Opposition sources said Islamist militias in the southern suburbs of Damascus have been fighting the Syrian Army through tunnels […]

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ISIL uses tanks from Iraq to drive tens of thousands of Syrians from their homes

ISIL fighters on a captured tank.

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant is said to have expelled tens of thousands of residents from eastern Syria. The opposition asserted that ISIL, now called Islamic State, drove more than 30,000 […]

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Intel: ISIL sold crude oil to Assad regime, had covert ties with Iran

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — France has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was selling crude oil to the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Officials said French intelligence has tracked ISIL sales of oil from the […]

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