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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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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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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 September 3, 2015. The pledge is an agreement with the RNC to not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican Party nomination, a party official said, despite Trump's earlier refusals to rule out a third-party bid.  REUTERS/Lucas Jackson  - RTX1QZ9K

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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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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Mosul Dam at ‘higher risk’ of failure, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers assesses

Iraqi soldier at Mosul Dam.

Special to WorldTribune.com The lives of over a half million Iraqis are at risk if the Mosul Dam were to collapse and that risk has increased in the past year, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In an […]

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Iran awards medals to its nuclear negotiating team

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran has awarded medals to its nuclear negotiators who helped reach a landmark agreement with world powers last year. President Hassan Rouhani presented the Medal of Merit to Foreign Minister Mohammad […]

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Republican Iran critics apply to make ‘inspection’ trip; would be first Congressmen to visit since 1979

U.S. Representatives Mike Pompeo, Lee Zeldin and Frank LoBiondo filed visa applications on Feb. 4.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Republican Representatives Mike Pompeo, Lee Zeldin and Frank LoBiondo filed visa applications to visit Iran on February 4. Three U.S. Republican lawmakers who are highly critical of Iran applied for visas […]

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USA economic freedoms again slip in global survey

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — While recessionary winds continue to buffet the world economy, many countries are still prospering due to innovative policies which have embraced economic growth and expanded economic opportunities and grown the […]

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