Pentagon: ISIL affiliate in Afghanistan has gone from ‘exploratory’ to ‘active’

Pentagon: ISIL affiliate in Afghanistan has gone from ‘exploratory’ to ‘active’

Special to WorldTribune.com The Afghan affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has become “operationally active,” launching attacks on Afghan security forces while also battling the Taliban for territory, the Pentagon reported on Dec. 15. The affiliate, known as Khorasan Province (IS-KP), has recruited more jihadists and increased its presence in Afghanistan since […]

Obama, man of peace and not of war, has yet to back up his words with action

Obama, man of peace and not of war, has yet to back up his words with action

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, EastAsiaIntel.com President Obama might be considering the motto on which Woodrow Wilson ran for president in 1916 as his enduring legacy: “He kept us out of war.” That is, if he can forget that Wilson, after election to his second term, reversed course and sent American soldiers to Europe, […]

Turkey as failed state? Army won’t stand by, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing

Turkey as failed state? Army won’t stand by, and that wouldn’t be such a bad thing

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey As Turkey degenerates, a military coup is more likely than total failure, and not a bad outcome for Israel. Famed commentator David Goldman, writing under the pseudonym “Spengler” in the “Asia Times”, has published an analysis in which he asks the question whether Turkey is in danger of becoming […]

Flood of undocumented migrants ‘a test of historic proportions’ for Europe

Flood of undocumented migrants ‘a test of historic proportions’ for Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The almost Biblical scenes of mass humanity surging through Europe from the Balkans to the Baltic have created jarring images as we see a mass movement of displaced Syrians and Iraqis flooding into what they see as a Promised Land, the European Union. Thus as […]

U.S. launches air strike on Afghan city captured by Taliban

U.S. launches air strike on Afghan city captured by Taliban

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States on Sept. 29 launched an air strike on the Afghan city of Kunduz a day after it fell to Taliban forces. The strike was launched “in order to eliminate a threat to the force,” said U.S. Army Col. Brian Tribus, spokesman for the U.S. and NATO missions in Afghanistan. […]

WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

WORLD MATTERS: Flood of Refugees exposes America’s fatal flaw: Impatience and democracy

Special to WorldTribune.com By Uwe Siemon-Netto The flood of Middle Eastern refugees into Europe exposes a fatal flaw of the current democratic system in the United States. The defect is the innate inability of the fast-paced American system to bring a long-drawn-out war against an unconventional enemy to a victorious conclusion. As Adelbert Weinstein, the […]

The grim 14th anniversary of September 11: America awaits a new, informed world view

The grim 14th anniversary of September 11: America awaits a new, informed world view

Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders Fourteen years after a massive and highly sophisticated attack on multiple critical targets in the United States from a foreign invader, the outlook is grim: The instantaneous rally of the American people in one voice after 9/11 demanding retribution and assurance of no repetition of these catastrophic events has […]

What I saw through my office window on Sept. 11, 2001

What I saw through my office window on Sept. 11, 2001

Special to WorldTribune.com By James Robbins I was in my Washington office at the National Defense University when one of the secretaries told me that aircraft had hit the World Trade Center. We brought the news up on the projection screen in our darkened conference room and watched the coverage, seeing endless six-foot high replays […]

Iran recruiting Afghan refugees for often fatal missions to bolster Assad’s Syria

Iran recruiting Afghan refugees for often fatal missions to bolster Assad’s Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran is said to be recruiting refugees from Afghanistan to replenish the heavily-depleted forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Afghans recruited as mercenaries and relatives of some fighters who were killed in Syria say the recruitment effort by Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) targets desperate, unemployed Shi’ite Hazara refugees. “In terms of […]

Mullah Omar’s family challenges new Taliban leadership

Mullah Omar’s family challenges new Taliban leadership

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The family of the late Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, says it’s not backing his announced successor and that religious scholars and veterans of the movement should choose his replacement. Omar’s family said in an audio statement released on August 2 that it had not […]