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What happened? White House stunned as wars rage across the Middle East

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Special to WorldTribune.com When President Barack Obama took office, he offered a familiar foreign policy vision that had been the refrain of the Left’s criticism of his predecessor: The U.S. would withdraw from the region’s conflicts and focus on its […]

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Democrats face test on U.S. Mideast policy, and their actions will be recorded for posterity

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner I don’t envy the position of sensible Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate these days. As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said recently – the world is on fire – and President Obama and […]

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Wrong: Iran is not cooperating with IAEA as Obama officials claim

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, with Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in Lausanne, Switzerland, on March 16. / Brian Snyder / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Fred Fleitz One of the biggest stumbling blocks to a nuclear agreement with Iran has been Tehran’s refusal to answer questions by the IAEA about past nuclear activities that appear to be related to nuclear weapons […]

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As Iran-backed forces advance in Yemen, Obama’s terror strategy questioned

Yemen residents of Taiz demonstrate against the Houthi incursion on March 22. / European Pressphoto Agency

Special to WorldTribune.com As the Iran-backed Shi’ite Houthi militia consolidated its control of Yemen’s capital over the weekend and continued its advance southward, the U.S. counter terrorism strategy for the nation is being seen for what it is — a failure. […]

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A list of basic unanswered questions about Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sol W. Sanders Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40 percent living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second […]

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Intelligence split: DIA report kept Iran on terror threat list, DNI offered words of praise

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Special to WorldTribune.com The annual U.S. intelligence ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment’ not only left Iran off the list of terror threats but included words of praise for efforts to build partnerships with Sunni states to combat militant extremists. The report was […]

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Slasher of U.S. envoy to Seoul had multiple ties to North Korea

A knife attack on U.S. ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert, March 5, stunned onlookers in Seoul and was celebrated by the regime in Pyongyang. Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com EastAsiaIntel.com SEOUL — North Korea’s description of a South Korean man’s attack on the U.S. ambassador to Seoul as “deserved punishment” indicates Pyongyang’s unwillingness to improve ties with Washington, a government source said. In a shocking attack […]

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Dr. Kissinger, call the office: There may be a fix for Ukraine crisis, but it won’t be easy

Henry Kissinger with Zhou Enlai and Mao Zedong.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun, Senior Fellow, International Strategic Studies Association, How can valid and durable strategic policy be made with regard to Ukraine, given that the crisis centered around the state could well have profound consequences for […]

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Egypt’s Sisi faces growing pressure from jihadists, Obama administration

Among the targets in February was Vodafone store in Cairo. / Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters

CAIRO — Anger is building in Egypt’s government at being treated with hostility by its traditional ally in Washington while coping with a drumbeat of terror incidents targeting security forces in Sinai and foreign business interests here. Asked on March […]

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Hamas defender named Middle East adviser to Obama’s National Security Council

Robert Malley

Special to WorldTribune.com Days after Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed Congress and challenged the Obama Administration’s foreign policy, National Security Adviser Susan Rice on March 6 named as her Mideast Advisor an official who has repeatedly defended the Hamas […]

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