SuperCobra gunships join U.S. late-summer air operations in Libya

SuperCobra gunships join U.S. late-summer air operations in Libya

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 The United States has deployed AH-1W SuperCobra attack helicopters to Libya to join U.S. operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), begun this month. The SuperCobras, the Marines’ twin-engine gunships, carried out operations against ISIL targets in Sirte in the past few days, according to U.S. Africa […]

U.S. Navy patrol ship fires warning shots at Iran fast-attack boats

U.S. Navy patrol ship fires warning shots at Iran fast-attack boats

by WorldTribune Staff, August 26, 2016 A U.S. Cyclone class patrol ship on Aug. 25 fired warning shots after Iranian fast-attack boats “harassed” the American vessel in waters north of the Persian Gulf, the U.S. Navy said. The USS Squall “resorted to firing three warning shots from their 50-caliber gun, which caused the Iranian vessel […]

Iran IRGC military vessels defied warnings, approached USS Nitze near Strait Of Hormuz

Iran IRGC military vessels defied warnings, approached USS Nitze near Strait Of Hormuz

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Four Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps vessels “harassed” a U.S. warship near the Strait of Hormuz, U.S. defense officials said on August 24. Admiral John Richardson said no missiles were fired in the incident, but it illustrated the continuing military tensions with Teheran. Last December, Iranian ships […]

Congressional report: Pentagon maintains strategic presence in wealthy UAE despite post-Iran deal drift

Congressional report: Pentagon maintains strategic presence in wealthy UAE despite post-Iran deal drift

by WorldTribune Staff, August 24, 2016 The U.S. continues to base some 5,000 military personnel in the UAE despite that country’s drifting away from the U.S. in the wake of last summer’s nuclear deal with Iran, a Congressional Research Service report said. UAE’s regional policy “is becoming increasingly assertive, in some cases not necessarily acting […]

Turkey, once a staunch NATO ally, enters uncharted waters under strongman Erdogan

Turkey, once a staunch NATO ally, enters uncharted waters under strongman Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler PARIS — A vital American ally has gone geopolitically adrift in the wake of Turkey’s failed military coup, and the subsequent crackdown on all forms of domestic political dissent by the strongman ruler Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The bloody coup in which hundreds died, nonetheless served as a tragic […]

U.S. reaction to Iran’s air base hosting Russian bomber fleet: ‘Unfortunate’

U.S. reaction to Iran’s air base hosting Russian bomber fleet: ‘Unfortunate’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 17, 2016 Russia’s use of an Iranian base to launch airstrikes in Syria is “unfortunate,” the U.S. State Department said on Aug. 16. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said Russia’s use pf the Hamedan base in western Iran “could very well be a violation” of a UN Security Council resolution, which […]

The Obama legacy: 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now on the ground in Iraq

The Obama legacy: 100,000 Iran-backed fighters now on the ground in Iraq

by WorldTribune Staff, August 17, 2016 U.S. officials say that up to 100,000 Iranian-backed Shi’ite fighters are on the ground in Iraq, raising the specter that a defeated Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) will be replaced by another anti-American force. “The effect of the Obama administration’s policy has been to replace American boots […]

After disastrous Carter and Clinton administrations, time to reset U.S.-Taiwan relations

After disastrous Carter and Clinton administrations, time to reset U.S.-Taiwan relations

Special to WorldTribune.com By Parris H. Chang In recent months, both chambers of the U.S. Congress have passed the Taiwan Relations Act (TRA) and the “six assurances” as cornerstones of U.S.-Taiwan Relations. The six assurances, which were given to Taiwan by then-U.S. President Ronald Reagan in July 1982, include U.S. pledges not to set a […]

Russia reports U.S. ‘closer’ to joining forces in Aleppo after talks

Russia reports U.S. ‘closer’ to joining forces in Aleppo after talks

by WorldTribune Staff, August 16, 2016 Russia says it is almost ready to join forces with the United States in the ongoing battle for Aleppo, Syria. “Step by step we are getting closer to the situation in which – and I’m only speaking about Aleppo here – we will be able to begin battling together […]

U.S. general says 45,000 jihadists killed with ISIL’s numbers and territory in decline

U.S. general says 45,000 jihadists killed with ISIL’s numbers and territory in decline

by WorldTribune Staff, August 11, 2016 Some 45,000 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadists “have been taken off the battlefield” as the terror organization’s area of control continues to shrink, according to the commander of the U.S.-led coalition. “We estimate that over the past 11 months, we’ve killed about 25,000 enemy fighters. When […]

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