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Kurds blame Erdogan for tolerating ISIL presence in S. Turkey

Kurdish protesters gathered in front of a hospital to which Bagdu was rushed after being shot on Oct. 14. / DHA Photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant was believed to have established an operational presence in southern Turkey. Kurdish sources said ISIL was operating in southern Turkey against refugees from Syria. They said ISIL squads were […]

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UN peace-keeping force in Syria’s Golan Heights has essentially vanished

U.N. Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) vehicles leaving Golan Heights for Israel on Aug. 28. / Ronen Zvulun /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has acknowledged that little was left of its peace-keeping mission on Syria’s Golan Heights. Diplomats said attacks by Sunni rebels forced virtually all of the UN Disengagement Observer Force to abandon their […]

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Game of musical chairs in Security Council vote did not favor U.S. interests

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In its annual round of diplomatic musical chairs, the General Assembly chose five new members for the coveted seats on the Security Council, the UN’s most prestigious body. The new […]

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Most Palestinian journalists censor themselves

Palestinian journalists staged a protest on Oct. 19 at restrictions on press freedom.

Special to WorldTribune.com RAMALLAH — The lion’s share of Palestinian journalists, fearing official retaliation, routinely censor themselves, a report said. The Palestinian Center for Development and Media Freedoms asserted that more than 80 percent of Palestinian journalists practiced self-censorship in […]

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‘Let the private sector’ defeat ISIL: Former Blackwater head hits ‘half-hearted Obama effort

Eric Prince

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, reluctant to send troops, has been urged to use private military contractors to battle Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. A leading private military contractor during the U.S. occupation of Iraq asserted […]

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New U.S.-Japan defense guideline will elevate Japan to global security partner

Japan is set to become U.S. military ally.

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com The ongoing talks on revising the U.S.-Japan defense guideline, which will be finalized by the end of this year, heralds progress towards the globalization of Japan’s military presence. Japan has recently lifted its self-imposed ban on […]

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Yemen cites intelligence that Iran directed Shi’ite takeover of capital

Houthi militants celebrate after seizing control in Sanaa, the Yemeni capital.  /Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — Is Sanaa, the capital of Yemen, in danger of falling to Iranian-backed Shi’ite rebels? The answer is yes. Yemen has now determined that Iran was supporting the Shi’ite rebel movement in its latest […]

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Israel eyes Golan as U.S. increases pressure to join fight against ISIL

Israeli soldiers stand atop tanks in the Golan Heights near Israel's border with Syria.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com TEL AVIV — Israel has been examining options to stop Islamist militias on the Golan Heights. Israeli sources said the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was consulting with the military and intelligence community to determine measures […]

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Cane or swagger stick? We report, you decide

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By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Why do the North Koreans simply refuse to follow the logic and needs of foreign analysts when it comes to the timing of great events? Here everyone was saying that Kim Jong-Un had to show up […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan said ready to ‘take initiative’ in fight against ISIL, Syria’s Assad

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is reviewing recommendations for Turkish military intervention in Syria. Officials said Erdogan, supported by parliament, has been studying options for Turkish intervention in Syria. The officials said the options range from […]

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