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Iran’s cash windfall from nuclear deal seen topping all U.S. aid to Israel since 1948

Iranians burn Israeli and U.S. flags during Quds Day celebrations on July 10.  /ISNA

Special to WorldTribune.com As sanctions are lifted and its overseas assets are unfrozen, Iran’s cash haul from the recently-concluded nuclear deal could hit $150 billion, an Israeli official said. That amount would be more than all U.S. aid to Israel […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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U.S. markets Iran diplomacy in Pyongyang’s backyard: Deal ‘demonstrates our flexibility…’

Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy to the multilateral talks on North Korea's denuclearization, speaks in a meeting with the press in Seoul on July 27.  /Yonhap

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States proved with the recently-concluded Iran nuclear agreement that it is willing and able to be flexible on such talks, including with North Korea, a U.S. envoy said. During a visit to Seoul, South Korea […]

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What’s going on with the unstable economy over in no longer ‘peaceful rising China’?


Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders There is universal agreement that China is increasingly the No. 1 U.S. policy concern. But perhaps never in the history of modern Sinology has there been such difference of opinion about what is happening […]

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ISIL, Inc.: Souvenir shop in Mosul sells beheading gear, flags and t-shirts

ISIL souvenir shop in Mosul.  /Islamic Social Media

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has expanded its business empire. Visitors to Mosul can now purchase trinkets of terrorism at ISIL’s new souvenir shop. Photos taken from Arabic social media sites on July 26 revealed […]

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Playing ‘the Pollard card’ seen increasing Israel’s opposition to Iran nuke deal

Jonathan Pollard during an interview in May 1998.

Special to WorldTribune.com Recent reports have said the United States is ready to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard in an attempt to allay Israel’s vociferous criticism of the Iran nuclear deal. The move, however, is not likely to succeed, […]

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Turkey enters the war on terror with air strikes targeting both ISIL in Syria and Kurds in Iraq

An image from aircraft cockpit video released by Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu of what they report to be strikes on Isis targets in Syria.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com The war on terrorism in Iraq and Syria is in danger of spreading to Turkey which could have explosive consequences. Turkey is beginning to feel the heat from the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in […]

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Iran’s Zarif conducts 1-day whistle stop tour of rattled Gulf states

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a one-day, three-country Mideast tour on July 26 to defend a nuclear deal that many Arab countries are vehemently opposed to. Zarif’s charm offensive in the Gulf included stops […]

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


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 […]

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