Iraq bombs ISIS in Syria for first time, coordinates with Assad, U.S. intel

Iraq bombs ISIS in Syria for first time, coordinates with Assad, U.S. intel

by WorldTribune Staff, February 26, 2017 Iraq’s air force hit Islamic State (ISIS) targets inside Syria for the first time on Feb. 24. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the airstrikes in a statement, saying Iraqi F-16s hit the border towns of Abu Kamal and Husseibah in retaliatory strikes for recent bombings in Baghdad claimed […]

As 30-day deadline to Pentagon for ISIS plan nears, Trump to weigh options

As 30-day deadline to Pentagon for ISIS plan nears, Trump to weigh options

by WorldTribune Staff, February 24, 2017 The Pentagon will present to President Donald Trump a “full range of options” to fight Islamic State (ISIS) that could include U.S. boots on the ground in Syria. “I’m in the business of providing the president with options,” Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of […]

ISIS-linked jihadists seize towns near oil-rich Golan Heights in Syria

ISIS-linked jihadists seize towns near oil-rich Golan Heights in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, February 22, 2017 In a series of surprise attacks, jihadists affiliated with Islamic State (ISIS) seized four villages in the oil-rich Syrian Golan Heights. The terror group, which calls itself the Khalid Ibn Al Walid Army, captured the towns of Tseel, Sahem al Golan, Adwan and Ten Jamoua that were held by […]

Mattis makes unannounced trip to Baghdad as Iraqi forces advance on western Mosul

Mattis makes unannounced trip to Baghdad as Iraqi forces advance on western Mosul

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has arrived in Baghdad for a previously unannounced visit focusing on the effort to defeat Islamic State (ISIS) militants. Mattis’s arrival on Feb. 20 comes a day after Iraqi Prime Minister Haidar al-Abadi announced a new phase in the operation […]

Mattis: U.S.-Russia military collaboration not possible at this time

Mattis: U.S.-Russia military collaboration not possible at this time

by WorldTribune Staff, February 17, 2017 Military collaboration between the United States and Russia against Islamic State (ISIS) in Syria is unlikely anytime soon, U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said. “We are not in a position right now to collaborate on a military level. But our political leaders will engage and try to find […]

U.S. ground troops in Syria called one option Pentagon is weighing

U.S. ground troops in Syria called one option Pentagon is weighing

by WorldTribune Staff, February 16, 2017 The Pentagon is conducting a “30-day review” of its strategy in Syria and is floating the idea of sending in ground troops. U.S. commanders have said there is an urgent need to liberate Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State (ISIS). Intelligence has indicated ISIS jihadists in Raqqa […]

Assad asked if some Syrian refugees are terrorists: ‘Definitely’

Assad asked if some Syrian refugees are terrorists: ‘Definitely’

by WorldTribune Staff, February 10, 2017 There are terrorists among the waves of refugees that have fled Syria, President Bashar Assad said on Feb. 9. Assad, in an exclusive interview with Yahoo News at a presidential office in Damascus, said U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order that temporarily banned refugees from Syria “is an American […]

Silicon Valley and the extreme reaction to Trump’s immigration order: Brilliance, greed, naivete

Silicon Valley and the extreme reaction to Trump’s immigration order: Brilliance, greed, naivete

by William R. Hawkins, FamilySecurityMatters.org The massive opposition to President Donald Trump’s executive order pausing for a few months immigration from seven war-torn countries, failed states and adversarial regimes seems totally irrational. Normal partisanship cannot account for the extreme rhetoric and violent actions that erupted within hours of the order being issued. What, after all, […]

Turkey reports CIA director will visit as Trump, Erdogan discuss ISIS strategy

Turkey reports CIA director will visit as Trump, Erdogan discuss ISIS strategy

by WorldTribune Staff, February 8, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a Feb. 7 phone conversation, discussed joint action aimed at liberating the Islamic State (ISIS)-controlled Syrian cities of al-Bab and Raqqa. Turkish presidency sources said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would visit Turkey on Feb. 9 to discuss […]

Report: Thousands killed in mass hangings at Syrian military prison

Report: Thousands killed in mass hangings at Syrian military prison

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Syrian government has executed as many as 13,000 people, many of them civilian opposition supporters, in mass hangings at a military jail near Damascus, Amnesty International says. In a new report issued on February 7, the London-based group documented executions between September 2011 and December […]

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