U.S. Special Forces embed with Kurdish forces, join fight for capital of ISIL’s caliphate

U.S. Special Forces embed with Kurdish forces, join fight for capital of ISIL’s caliphate

by WorldTribune Staff, May 27, 2016 U.S. special operations forces are “present at all positions along the front” and are assisting a Kurdish-Arab coalition “on the ground and in the air,” in the offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in its de facto Syria capital of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) field […]

Turkey not cool with U.S. forces wearing Kurdish insignia for Raqqa offensive

Turkey not cool with U.S. forces wearing Kurdish insignia for Raqqa offensive

by WorldTribune Staff, May 27, 2016 It is not acceptable for U.S. soldiers to wear the insignia of the People’s Protection Units (YPG) when embedded with the Kurdish fighters, a Turkish official said. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said photos showing U.S. special operations forces wearing the YPG insignia on their shoulders during operations against […]

Israel to use precision capabilities for faster battlefield victories

Israel to use precision capabilities for faster battlefield victories

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct Israel’s precision strike and intelligence capabilities will enable quicker victories on the battlefield in future conflicts, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said. [Ya’alon resigned on May 19 after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu moved to replace him with Avigdor Lieberman.] Speaking at the 4th International Fire Conference in Zichron Ya’acov on […]

Afghan intel confirms U.S. drone strike killed Taliban leader

Afghan intel confirms U.S. drone strike killed Taliban leader

by WorldTribune Staff, May 22, 2016 The leader of the Afghan Taliban was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Pakistan, Afghanistan intelligence sources have confirmed. The May 21 attack killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the sources said. U.S. officials said the drone strike was authorized by President Barack Obama and “showed the United States was […]

U.S. to Iraq: Keep ‘foot on the gas’, don’t be distracted by suicide attacks in Baghdad

U.S. to Iraq: Keep ‘foot on the gas’, don’t be distracted by suicide attacks in Baghdad

by WorldTribune Staff, May 20, 2016 Iraqi forces should remain on the front-lines to “keep the pressure” on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) rather than redeploy to Baghdad to deal with an uptick in suicide bombings, a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition said. “Our advice to the Iraqi government is to keep the […]

Nuclear Kim: Leader launches ‘Byongjin’ doctrine to mark his era

Nuclear Kim: Leader launches ‘Byongjin’ doctrine to mark his era

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, EastAsiaIntel.com On the heels of the Party Congress in which North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un presented a five-year economic plan, North Korea has kicked off tougher “work-harder campaigns.” North Koreans, already struggling with hunger and the stresses of survival in the repressive society, are being mobilized for new construction […]

Major Syrian gas field hit by explosions tied to ISIL

Major Syrian gas field hit by explosions tied to ISIL

By World Tribune Staff on May 17, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) blew up several pumping stations at a major Syrian gas field on May 16. The explosions at the Shaer gas field were reportedly felt as far away as Palmyra, which is 50 meters (30 miles) southeast of Shaer. “There were […]

As it is written: The Jihadists in their own words — Part II, Advancing terror to ‘savagery’

As it is written: The Jihadists in their own words — Part II, Advancing terror to ‘savagery’

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs [See: Part I, The subversion of Europe, May 13, 2016] In 2004, Sheikh Abu Bakr Naji published his main book titled “Management of Savagery: The Most Critical Stage Through Which the Islamic Nation Will Pass” which would define the […]

View from Taipei: U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy will require muscle, not just diplomacy

View from Taipei: U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’ strategy will require muscle, not just diplomacy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang Foreign policy is an integrated structure of assumptions, objectives and means. Critics of American foreign policy contend that the decisive factor of the failure of U.S. policy toward China has been the imbalance between political ends and military means. Professor Tang Tsou’s classical study “America’s Failure in China […]

Democratic congressman: Obama has no long-term strategy in Iraq

Democratic congressman: Obama has no long-term strategy in Iraq

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration has no “clear endgame” in Iraq, said a Democratic congressman and former Marine who served four tours in Iraq. Rep. Seth Moulton, Massachusetts Democrat, blasted President Barack Obama’s strategy against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and slammed Obama’s refusal to say American troops deployed to Iraq are […]

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