Turkey reports CIA director will visit as Trump, Erdogan discuss ISIS strategy

Turkey reports CIA director will visit as Trump, Erdogan discuss ISIS strategy

by WorldTribune Staff, February 8, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump and Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in a Feb. 7 phone conversation, discussed joint action aimed at liberating the Islamic State (ISIS)-controlled Syrian cities of al-Bab and Raqqa. Turkish presidency sources said that CIA Director Mike Pompeo would visit Turkey on Feb. 9 to discuss […]

Trump’s travel ban finds wide support in the Middle East

Trump’s travel ban finds wide support in the Middle East

by WorldTribune Staff, February 5, 2017 Middle East countries, which deal with the threat of terrorism on a 24/7 basis, are widely backing U.S. President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority nations. Mideast governments who are dealing with the consequences of former President Barack Obama’s “fecklessness … want the United States […]

Assad’s forces advance north toward rebels backed by U.S., Turkey, Gulf states

Assad’s forces advance north toward rebels backed by U.S., Turkey, Gulf states

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2017 Syrian forces backed by Russia, Iran and Hizbullah seized several villages from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) on Jan. 22 as they advanced closer to Turkish-backed rebels in the country’s north. President Bashar Assad’s army and its allies captured the villages of Sora, Moran, Surja al-Saghira and […]

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria

Russia, Turkey conduct first joint airstrikes on ISIL targets in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 19, 2017 While each nation backs opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, Russia and Turkey carried out joint airstrikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) targets on Jan. 18, the Russian Defense Ministry said. Russian military spokesman Lt.-Gen. Sergei Rudskoi said nine Russian aircraft and eight Turkish planes […]

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

Turkey’s parliament moves on reforms granting Erdogan more power

by WorldTribune Staff, January 16, 2017 Constitutional reforms that will significantly boost the powers of the presidency moved a step closer to approval in Turkish parliament on Jan. 15. In a late-night session in Ankara, a majority of lawmakers voted in favor of the final article in the reform package presented by President Recep Tayyip […]

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

New UN secretary general starts new job ‘without Illusions’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The page has been turned. And the new UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of Portugal has assumed office with a stoically realistic vision of both the crises and opportunities facing the international community. In his first remarks to staff Guterres stated, “I think we should […]

Critics point to Erdogan’s criticism of New Year celebrations before Istanbul attack

Critics point to Erdogan’s criticism of New Year celebrations before Istanbul attack

by WorldTribune Staff, January 3, 2017 In condemning New Year’s celebrations and making it easier for jihadists to travel through the country, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist government helped create the climate that led to the New Year’s Eve terror attack in Istanbul, secular critics of Erdogan say. Erdogan’s critics point to […]

ISIL justifies Istanbul massacre ‘for sake of Allah’s religion’

ISIL justifies Istanbul massacre ‘for sake of Allah’s religion’

by WorldTribune Staff, January 2, 2017 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) said one of its jihadists carried out the New Year’s Eve terror attack in Istanbul “to take revenge on Turkey, who serves the cross.” The attack at the Reina nightclub killed 39 people and wounded at least 150 others. The terrorist who […]

Putin: Syria cease-fire deal has been signed with Russia and Turkey as ‘guarantors’

Putin: Syria cease-fire deal has been signed with Russia and Turkey as ‘guarantors’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin says the Syrian government and its opponents have signed an agreement on a nationwide cease-fire and a declaration expressing willingness to begin peace talks. Putin said on December 29 that a document outlining measures to implement the cease-fire was also signed. The […]

Russia, Turkey, Iran see zones of influence in Syria with Assad temporarily remaining in power

Russia, Turkey, Iran see zones of influence in Syria with Assad temporarily remaining in power

by WorldTribune Staff, December 29, 2016 Syria would be divided into zones of regional power and President Bashar Assad would be allowed to remain in control under a “compromise” agreement worked out by Russia, Turkey and Iran. Under the deal, the new federal structure in Syria would be controlled by Assad’s Alawite sect. Assad’s powers […]

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