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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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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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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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Drone strike in Yemen kills Al Qaida commander who reportedly defected to ISIL

Jalal Baleedi

Special to WorldTribune.com An Al Qaida commander who is said to have defected to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen. Jalal Baleedi, who had previously run Al Qaida in the […]

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U.S. airstrikes destroy ISIL’s ‘Voice of the Caliphate’ radio station

ISIL jihadists at a training camp in Afghanistan.

Special to WorldTribune.com A radio station in Afghanistan that was operated by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was destroyed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. “Voice of the Caliphate” radio, operated out of a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, was […]

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Dunford: U.S., France planning ‘decisive military action’ in Libya

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford, left, and Gen. Pierre de Villiers, view the Eiffel Tower while meeting at Ecole Militarie in Paris on Jan. 22. / DoD photo by D. Myles Cullen

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, met in Paris on Jan. 22 with his French counterpart, Gen. Pierre de Villiers, chief of France’s defense staff to discuss […]

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Khamenei awards medals to Iran soldiers who captured U.S. sailors

Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei meets with IRGC troops that captured US sailors.  /Iran government via Twitter.

Special to WorldTribune.com Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei awarded medals to Iranian forces for their “courageous and timely” capture of American boats and sailors last month. Navy Commander Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi and four other Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) […]

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U.S. missile cruiser forced from Strait of Hormuz after warning from Iran destroyers

USS Monterey

Special to WorldTribune.com A warning from Iranian warships forced a U.S. Navy missile cruiser to leave waters near the Strait of Hormuz on Jan. 27. The USS Monterey received the warning from several Iranian destroyers to keep away from the […]

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U.S. commander: Iraq’s Mosul dam on verge of catastrophic collapse

The Mosul dam requires constant grouting to maintain its structural integrity.

Special to WorldTribune.com The potential for a collapse of the Mosul dam in northern Iraq is real, according to the commander of the U.S.-led coalition fighting Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “The likelihood of the dam collapsing is […]

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Text of explainer-warning leaflets to ISIL tanker drivers released

Leaflet warning ISIL oil truck drivers to flee.

Special to WorldTribune.com Leaflets dropped by the U.S. in Syria and Iraq warned drivers of tankers carrying Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) oil to “leave the trucks and flee” as air strikes on the tankers were imminent. “Warning. […]

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