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Turkey wins U.S. re-engagement against Syria in potentially fatal blow to Iran rapproachement

Incirlik Air Base.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs By whatever name, the unilaterally-imposed no-fly zone over an area of Syria, proposed by the U.S. and Turkey on July 27, is not an element of a supposed […]

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Iran’s cash windfall from nuclear deal seen topping all U.S. aid to Israel since 1948

Iranians burn Israeli and U.S. flags during Quds Day celebrations on July 10.  /ISNA

Special to WorldTribune.com As sanctions are lifted and its overseas assets are unfrozen, Iran’s cash haul from the recently-concluded nuclear deal could hit $150 billion, an Israeli official said. That amount would be more than all U.S. aid to Israel […]

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U.S., Turkey in talks on ISIL-free border zone; NATO convenes emergency meeting

Turkish soldiers near the Turkish-Syrian border town Reyhanli. / Osman Orsal / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkey and the United States have been discussing plans to try to rout Islamic State of Iraq and Levant militants from Syrian territory along the Turkish border, creating a safe haven […]

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U.S. markets Iran diplomacy in Pyongyang’s backyard: Deal ‘demonstrates our flexibility…’

Sydney Seiler, the U.S. special envoy to the multilateral talks on North Korea's denuclearization, speaks in a meeting with the press in Seoul on July 27.  /Yonhap

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States proved with the recently-concluded Iran nuclear agreement that it is willing and able to be flexible on such talks, including with North Korea, a U.S. envoy said. During a visit to Seoul, South Korea […]

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ISIL’s and Iran’s expanded power loom as legacy of Obama’s military exit from Iraq


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — “Since last summer’s onslaught by terrorists of the so-called ISIL, Iraq has been living through one of the most difficult phases of its modern history,” said Jan Kubis, the UN’s […]

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Exiting Army chief: U.S. could have stopped ISIL ‘if we stayed in Iraq longer’

Gen. Ray Odierno.  /U.S. Army photo

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States might have prevented the rise of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) “if we had stayed a little bit more engaged,” Gen. Ray Odierno said. Odierno, 60, chief of staff for the U.S. […]

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Gen. Dunford calls Russia’s ‘existential threat’ to U.S. ‘alarming’

Marine Corps General Dunford testifies during the Senate Armed Services committee nomination hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington

Special to WorldTribune.com by Dr. Jack Caravelli, Geostrategy-Direct Gen. Joseph Dunford, testifying at the confirmation hearing that almost certainly will lead to his Senate approval as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, describes Russia as an “existential threat” and […]

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News anchor, 22, blasts Obama’s ‘half-baked, tip-toe’ Middle East policy

Tomi Lahren

Special to WorldTribune.com A 22-year-old news anchor’s on-air repudiation of U.S. President Barack Obama’s Middle East policy has amassed more than 1.5 million views on YouTube. Responding to the July 16 terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, anchor Tomi Lahren, on […]

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Downfall of the ayatollahs: Strategic hope for the future, Persia-centric Middle East

Iran protester in Teheran on June 13, 2009. / Olivier Laban-Mattei / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, and Dr. Assad Homayoun GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs I’ve reached the end of this great history And all the land will talk of me: I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will […]

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Reading Kim Jong-Un’s mind as he reads the fine print of Iran nuclear agreement

The North Korea-Iran strategic partnership that is rarely mentioned.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The Greeks made a deal to reform their free-spending ways and stay in the European Union, while the Iranians agreed to restrain their nuclear ambitions and crawl out from under onerous sanctions. Can […]

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