Turkish drone obliterates massive portrait of PKK’s founder

Turkish drone obliterates massive portrait of PKK’s founder

by WorldTribune Staff, February 1, 2018 A huge portrait of Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) founder Abdullah Ocalan in northern Syria was destroyed by a Turkish air force drone, reports say. The attack on the portrait, which was part of a monument built on a 53-meter concrete pedestal in Afrin, is part of Turkey’s so-called Operation […]

Report: Sex abuse victim refutes pope’s claim as pressure builds on Vatican

Report: Sex abuse victim refutes pope’s claim as pressure builds on Vatican

by WorldTribune Staff, February 5, 2018 A letter from a Chilean sex abuse victim contradicts Pope Francis’s “insistence that no victims had come forward,” The Associated Press reported. The eight-page letter that Pope Francis received in 2015, obtained exclusively by the AP, “graphically detailed how a priest sexually abused” the victim and how “other Chilean […]

Analyst: Turkey’s Erdogan cruising for a bruising with operations against Kurds

Analyst: Turkey’s Erdogan cruising for a bruising with operations against Kurds

by WorldTribune Staff, January 24, 2018 As Turkish forces began their offensive in Syria’s Kurdish-governed district of Afrin, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan promised victory within “a very short period of time.” “That may be a fatal miscalculation, one which could cripple Turkey,” former Pentagon official Michael Rubin wrote in an op-ed for the Washington […]

Mattis praises Kurdish fighters, confirms Turkey gave advance notice of attacks in Syria

Mattis praises Kurdish fighters, confirms Turkey gave advance notice of attacks in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, January 22, 2018 Turkish military leaders informed the United States prior to bombing positions of U.S.-allied Kurds in northern Syria, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Jan. 21. “They warned us before they launched the aircraft that they were going to do it,” Mattis said. Turkish warplanes on Jan. 20 launched […]

Russia selling non-NATO-compatible S-400 to Turkey

Russia selling non-NATO-compatible S-400 to Turkey

by WorldTribune Staff, December 28, 2017 A deal in which Turkey would purchase the S-400 surface-to-air missile system from Russia is “almost finalized,” according to the head of Russia’s state-run Rostec corporation. The proposed $2.5 billion deal “has caused concern in the West because Turkey is a member of NATO but the Russian missile system […]

‘The United States will remember this day’: A closer look at the UN Assembly Jerusalem vote

‘The United States will remember this day’: A closer look at the UN Assembly Jerusalem vote

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The USA and Israel suffered a nasty diplomatic slap when the 193 member UN General Assembly voted overwhelmingly to condemn the Trump Administration’s plan to move the American Embassy to Jerusalem. But while the mainstream media and the usual chorus of critics presented this lopsided […]

Who’s who: Vote tally on UN resolution slamming U.S. on Jerusalem

Who’s who: Vote tally on UN resolution slamming U.S. on Jerusalem

Special to WorldTribune , December 21, 2017 Yes: 128 No: 9 Abstain: 35 Y  AFGHANISTAN Y  DOMINICA Y  LITHUANIA SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE Y  ALBANIA A  DOMINICAN REPUBLIC Y  LUXEMBOURG Y  SAUDI ARABIA Y  ALGERIA Y  ECUADOR Y  MADAGASCAR Y  SENEGAL Y  ANDORRA Y  EGYPT A  MALAWI Y  SERBIA Y  ANGOLA EL SALVADOR Y  MALAYSIA […]

Witness: Erdogan was ‘No. 1’ target before killing Turkey’s bribery probe in Iran sanctions case

Witness: Erdogan  was ‘No. 1’ target before killing Turkey’s bribery probe in Iran sanctions case

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was among the targets of an investigation in Turkey into suspected bribery and money laundering in connection with a scheme to help Iran evade sanctions, a former Istanbul police officer has testified. The officer, Huseyin Korkmaz, told a New York court […]

Budding nuclear power Turkey casts a darkening shadow over Middle East

Budding nuclear power Turkey casts a darkening shadow over Middle East

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sol W. Sanders Turkey is rapidly developing into a threat to peace and stability in the Middle East. The regime of President [formerly Prime Minister] Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his AKP Justice and Development Party are increasingly authoritarian. Their effort to obtain nuclear power with its military offshoots would make it […]

Trump sets stage, announces Jerusalem plan in shock to a rattled region

Trump sets stage, announces Jerusalem plan in shock to a rattled region

by WorldTribune Staff, December 6, 2017 President Donald Trump has confirmed and announced plans to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to set in motion the process of moving the American embassy to Jerusalem. “The president is fulfilling a major promise in his election campaign, and he is also carrying out a series […]