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The western pillars that have supported Israel are crumbling

U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump holds up a signed pledge during a press availability at Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The U.S. and Europe — the traditional pillars of Israeli foreign diplomatic and economic relations — are crumbling. Since Israel’s independence, its most important economic and financial partners have been in Europe and the […]

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U.S. intel official: ISIL determined to attack on U.S. soil this year

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, center, and Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart arrive on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, to testify before a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on worldwide threats.  /AP/Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is likely to attempt “direct attacks on the U.S. homeland” this year, top intelligence officials told Congress on Feb. 9. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, in testimony at the […]

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Netanyahu plans fences ‘to surround all of Israel’ to protect it from ‘wild beasts’

Netanyahu inspects the new fence at the border between Jordan and Israel near Eilat, saying: ‘In our neighbourhood, we need to protect ourselves from wild beasts.’ Photograph: Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com The entirety of Israel should be surrounded by fences to protect against infiltration from “wild beasts,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Feb. 9. “At the end of the day as I see it, there will be […]

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Nightmare scenario: Assault on Mosul could trigger dam disaster, 40-foot wave of death

Employees work at strengthening the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Feb. 3.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Any missteps in Iraq’s attempt to retake Mosul from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISL) could result in a “nightmare scenario” in which the unstable Mosul Dam collapses and unleashes a 40-foot wave of death. “If […]

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Israeli Arab lawmaker takes ‘our struggle’ to the White House

Israeli Arab MK Ahmad Tibi.  /Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com After failing to make progress on the Israeli-Palestinian front, the Obama administration turned its attention this week to Israeli Arabs. The White House and State Department hosted Deputy Speaker of the Knesset Ahmed Tibi of Israel’s Joint […]

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Morocco is in ‘complete solidarity’ with Saudi over Gulf region threats

Moroccan Foreign Minister

Special to WorldTribune.com Morocco on Feb. 10 signaled it stands with Saudi Arabia against threats in the Gulf region and backs the Saudi-led effort to “defend the legitmacy” of Yemen. “We are in complete solidarity with Saudi confronting any interference […]

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Canada’s Trudeau to end air strikes in Iraq, Syria

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau speaks as defence minister Harjit Sajjan, international development minister Marie-Claude Bibeau and foreign affairs minister Stephane Dion listen on Feb. 8. / Sean Kilpatrick / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Canada will end air strikes targeting the Islamic State extremist group in Iraq and Syria and pull out six fighter jets within two weeks, Canada’s prime minister announced on February 8. […]

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Wife of ISIL leader charged In U.S. hostage’s death

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The United States has charged the wife of an Islamic State (IS) leader killed last year with contributing to American hostage Kayla Mueller’s death. Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, also known as […]

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Obama lectures Arab leaders on importance of being ‘responsive’ to citizens

Emirati officials watch U.S. President Barack Obama's keynote address at the opening ceremony of the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, Feb. 8, 2016. Those gathered for the World Government Summit in Dubai offered no immediate solutions to the crises gripping the region, like low global oil prices, global warming and the rise of violent extremism. But all acknowledged that keeping government responsive to its citizens remains crucial. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. president, who many critics say would rather be on the golf course than dealing with his constituents, gave Arab leaders a lecture on Feb. 8 on the importance of being “responsive” to their citizens. “As […]

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Two members of Jihadi John’s ‘Beatles’ beheaders cell identified

Mohammed Emwazi, a.k.a. Jihadi John.

Special to WorldTribune.com Two terrorists have been identified as members of infamous executioner Jihadi John’s “Beatles” cell that beheaded several Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) hostages. Alexe Kotey, 32, and Aine Davis, 31, both of London, became known […]

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