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Iran in the background as Iraq prepares campaign to retake Ramadi

The Iraqi army is expected to launch an operation to retake Ramadi in the coming days.

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. officials on May 26 downplayed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) recent gains in Iraq as Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi pledged to recapture Ramadi in days, perhaps with assistance from Iran. The Iraqi government […]

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Iranian commander: Obama ‘has not done a damn thing’ to stop ISIL

Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani

Special to WorldTribune.com Maj. Gen. Qasem Soleimani, who heads Iran’s elite Quds Force, said Iran has done far more than the U.S. against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “Obama has not done a damn thing so far […]

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U.S., 8 European nations conduct Arctic exercise following Russian activity

Norway F-16s. / Ints Kalnins / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Excerpted from Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty About 100 fighter jets and 4,000 personnel from the United States and eight European nations began an Arctic training exercise in the Nordic nations on May 25. The exercise, […]

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Memo from Drudge to Speaker: Keeping Obama trade deal secret ‘clearly treason’

Matt Drudge.

Special to WorldTribune.com Matt Drudge slammed congressional Republicans for all but surrendering their power to President Barack Obama on a fast-track trade bill. Drudge took to Twitter say the Trade Promotion Authority bill could be to blame if the GOP […]

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Best of Lev: China demonstrating the will to dominate; West losing the will to resist


Lev Navrozov, May 18, 2012 Lev Navrozov emigrated from the Soviet Union with his family in 1972. He so cherished the freedom of press he found here that he dedicated his remaining years to alerting otherwise-oblivious Americans to the global […]

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Ashton Carter: Iraqi Forces ‘vastly outnumbered ISIL invaders but ‘failed to fight’

Iraqi troops fire toward ISIL positions in Anbar province on May 19. / Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that Iraqi forces “failed to fight” in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, and said the troops lacked the will to defend […]

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Tragedy in Ramadi, denial at the White House and a seismic shift in the balance of power


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The fall of the critically important city of Ramadi to terrorists, the widening humanitarian crisis throughout the country involving millions of displaced persons, and the continuing pressures on a still-fragile […]

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India, South Korea and U.S. find themselves on same side in the Great Game for Asia

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Two very different visitors crossed paths in Seoul this week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bumped into each other after calling on President Park Geun-Hye at […]

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Obama: Climate change contributed to terror groups’ rise

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the keynote address during the 134th Commencement Exercises of the Coast Guard Academy on May 20.  /AFP/Nicholas Kamm

Special to WorldTribune.com As Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) turned up the heat, seizing Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria in less than a week, President Barack Obama declined to threaten U.S. intervention. Instead he suggested that it is […]

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U.S. President Obama: Best friend of Eurasia’s predators

Erdogan and Obama

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy With Iran, another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence. They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them — Russians, Turks, Arabs, […]

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