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 […]

Times have changed: A multilateral NATO-type alliance now makes more sense in Asia

Times have changed: A multilateral NATO-type alliance now makes more sense in Asia

Special to WorldTribune , December 6, 2017 By Miles Maochun Yu, Hoover Institution Last week marks the 63rd anniversary of the signing of the Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States of America and the Republic of China. The historic mutual defense treaty, signed on Dec. 2, 1954 in Washington, provided an ironclad guarantee to […]

Plea deal with gold trader has potentially explosive links to Flynn, Turkey’s Erdogan

Plea deal with gold trader has potentially explosive links to Flynn, Turkey’s Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com By Geostrategy-Direct The case against a Turkish-Iranian gold trader who allegedly engineered a massive bribery scheme to evade U.S. sanctions on Iran could also implicate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and former U.S. national security adviser Michael Flynn. Reza Zarrab has pleaded guilty in a New York federal court. Prosecutors described Zarrab, […]

U.S. says alleged mastermind in Iran sanctions case won’t stand trial

U.S. says alleged mastermind in Iran sanctions case won’t stand trial

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A wealthy Turkish-Iranian businessman who was the alleged mastermind in what U.S. prosecutors say was a high-level conspiracy to help Iran evade U.S. sanctions will not stand trial this week as scheduled, though the case is proceeding against his co-defendant. U.S. Judge Richard Berman announced on […]

Flynn, Turkey dismiss report of plan to kidnap Fethullah Gulen: ‘Outrageous’, ‘groundless’

Flynn, Turkey dismiss report of plan to kidnap Fethullah Gulen: ‘Outrageous’, ‘groundless’

by WorldTribune Staff, November 12, 2017 The Turkish government on Nov. 12 called a report that Turkish officials plotted to kidnap U.S.-based opposition cleric Fethullah Gulen “utterly false, ludicrous and groundless.” The Wall Street Journal reported on Nov. 10 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller was investigating an alleged plot involving former U.S. national security adviser […]

Hamas official hails robust ties with Turkey, Iran

Hamas official hails robust ties with Turkey, Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, November 12, 2017 The Hamas terrorist organization is strengthening its ties with Turkey and Iran, a senior Hamas official said. Sami Abu Zuhri, a senior Hamas official in Gaza, confirmed in a Nov. 11 interview with Turkish media that improved relations with the government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were based on […]

Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites near Kirkuk

Iraqi forces advance on Kurdish-held sites near Kirkuk

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Iraqi Army says government troops have moved toward Kurdish-held sites in the northern province of Kirkuk, capturing several installations from Kurdish fighters. The military said on October 16 that pro-government forces took control of roads and infrastructure, including a military base, an airport, and an […]

U.S.-Turkey tensions rise amid diplomatic dispute

U.S.-Turkey tensions rise amid diplomatic dispute

by WorldTribune Staff, October 10, 2017 The United States and Turkey have both blocked tourist and business travel between the two nations amid a diplomatic dispute. The latest dispute between the NATO-allied countries began last week when Turkey arrested an employee at the U.S. Consulate in Istanbul who authorities accused of having ties to U.S.-based […]

Kurdish vote triggers Iran-Iraq exercises, trip to Teheran by Turkey’s Erdogan

Kurdish vote triggers Iran-Iraq exercises, trip to Teheran by Turkey’s Erdogan

by WorldTribune Staff, October 4, 2017 In the wake of Iraqi Kurdistan’s independence vote, Iraq, Iran and Turkey are taking steps to ensure that borders in the region remain unchanged. Turkey’s leader is huddling with Iran’s leadership in Teheran and the Iraqi government has demanded that the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) cancel the result of […]

Netanyahu scoffs at Erdogan’s claim that Mossad had role in Kurdish vote

Netanyahu scoffs at Erdogan’s claim that Mossad had role in Kurdish vote

by WorldTribune Staff, October 3, 2017 Israel and Mossad were not involved in Kurdistan’s independence referendum, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Oct. 1. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sept. 30 charged that the waving of Israeli flags by Iraqi Kurds during independence celebrations was proof of Mossad’s involvement. “Regarding recent remarks about […]