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As Saudis rethink the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel takes note

King Salman, 80.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The death of King Abdullah on Jan. 23 of this year, and the accession of his brother Salman, raises the question of what this portends for the Kingdom and the region. Will he […]

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ISIL redeploys fighters from Aleppo to battle Kurds near Turkey

Islamic Front fighters north of Aleppo, Syria. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has been redeploying fighters for the war in northern Syria. Opposition sources said ISIL has withdrawn hundreds of fighters from strongholds to battle Kurdish militias along the Syrian border […]

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As Europe faces mounting threats, Turkey questions NATO role

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg at U.S. Patriot missile system in Gaziantep, southeastern Turkey. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey’s future role in NATO in increasingly uncertain. Officials said Turkey, with the second largest army, would not respond to a NATO decision to double its rapid-response force and form a new unit, Middle East […]

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Jihad leader, former University of South Florida professor, resettles in Turkey

Sami Al Arian.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — An Islamic Jihad leader has been deported from the United States to Turkey. Sami Al Arian was deported after a 12-year battle to remain in the United States. Al Arian, a former professor at the […]

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Administration bans Kurdish leaders fighting ISIL, in deference to Turkey

President Barack Obama and Turkey's President Recep Erdogan. /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has banned Kurdish leaders who fought Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Two U.S. lawmakers have urged the administration of President Barack Obama to drop the ban against leaders of the Democratic […]

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Kurdistan plans to increase capacity of oil pipeline to Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — The Kurdistan Regional Government plans to increase the capacity of its crude oil pipeline. Officials said KRG would increase pipeline capacity to 400,000 barrels per day by early 2015, Middle East Newsline reported. They said […]

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Greece lurches left, but warming ties with Israel may not be affected

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The election in Greece on Jan. 25, of a radical-left Syriza (an acronym for the Coalition of the Radical Left: Synaspismós Rizospastikís Aristerás) government in Greece will have […]

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Europol assesses continental threat from 5,000 returning jihad fighters

Europol director Rob Wainwright: "It is certainly the most serious terrorist threat Europe has faced since 9/11."

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The European Union has determined that 5,000 nationals have been transformed into jihad fighters linked to Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The EU police force, Eupol, assessed that as many as […]

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Qatar changes PR tactics, but not its strategy

Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, with President Obama at the White House.

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Doha and Cairo. There was speculation in late 2014 that Qatar had begun to take a new strategic line, mending relations with Egypt, and that this could also push Turkey toward improving its […]

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Turkey finds new anti-riot supplier in S. Korea as demonstrations increase

The Erdogan government is cracking down on all protest perceived as disloyal including this one by soccer fans protesting a new e-ticket system.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Turkey, amid a crackdown on the opposition, has found a new supplier for anti-riot equipment. Amnesty International reported that the Islamist government in Ankara has begun ordering anti-riot equipment from South Korea. Amnesty said the […]

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