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Al Qaida’s Nusra leads U.S.-backed rebels in major offensive against Syrian Army

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Al Qaida’s Nusra Front for the Defense of Levant has launched a major offensive in southern Syria. Nusra has organized Islamic and U.S.-backed rebel militias for an offensive against the Syrian Army in the southern […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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New Saudi king appoints young 2nd generation princes to key posts

Prince Mohammed, son of King Salman. / Hassan Ammar / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia’s new king has appointed a second-generation prince to the line of succession. King Salman has appointed Interior Minister Prince Mohammed Bin Nayef as deputy crown prince. The position was seen as a […]

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U.S. deploys 2 warships to ‘monitor’ Yemen, evacuate Americans

A military vehicle seized from the presidential guards by Shi'ite fighters outside the presidential palace in Sanaa, Yemen. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has been preparing to evacuate its diplomats and troops from Yemen. Officials said the Defense Department has ordered the deployment of ships to rescue an estimated 1,000 U.S. personnel from Yemen. They […]

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Obama urged to release U.S. counter-insurgency funds to Egypt

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. military aid to Egypt has nearly depleted. A leading U.S. analyst said the $1.3 billion in American military aid to Egypt was being depleted in the Federal Reserve Bank in New York. David Schenker, […]

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Shameful: 70 years after Liberation of Paris rally, U.S. president was absent

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — More than a million people along with forty-four world leaders rallied in Paris to proclaim liberty and call for press freedoms in the wake of the radical Islamist media massacre […]

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Iran’s nuclear site in Syria? Obama administration won’t make it an issue in Geneva

Before and after photos of nuclear facility in the northern province of Dir Al Zour in 2007. / Digital Globe

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States said it won’t raise reports of an Iranian nuclear facility in Syria. Officials said the U.S. intelligence community and State Department were examining reports that Iran was helping Syria build a nuclear […]

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Meanwhile in Iraq: Test looms for superior but outnumbered ISIL forces at Sinjar

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing Islamist State of Iraq and Levant forces have been blunted since their offensive into Iraq last summer. ISIL troops enjoy a considerable qualitative edge over the various Iraqi forces arrayed in front of […]

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White House aware that U.S. arms supplied to Iran-backed militias in Iraq

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. weapons assigned to the Iraq Army have been transferred to Iranian-backed Shi’ite militias. A leading U.S. senator has reported that a range of unidentified American arms and equipment reached Shi’ite militias backed by the […]

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U.S. air strikes destroy U.S. battle tanks stolen by ISIL from Iraq

ISIL photo on Twitters shows off captured U.S. tanks. / Free Beacon

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has conducted thousands of sorties in an effort to destroy its combat platforms stolen by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the U.S. Air Force conducted thousands of missions against […]

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