Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Saudi Arabia and Turkey weigh military action in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia and Turkey are considering sending ground troops into Syria to support rebels fighting the Russia-backed Bashar Assad regime, analysts say. “The Saudis believe that the chance of a peaceful solution for the Syrian crisis is very limited,” said Mustafa Alani of the independent Gulf Research Center. “They don’t see that […]

Former Libyan official: ISIL got Gadhafi’s chemical weapons

Former Libyan official: ISIL got Gadhafi’s chemical weapons

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has in its possession a portion of former Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi’s arsenal of chemical weapons, according to a former Libyan intelligence official. Ahmad Qadhaf Al-Dam, a cousin of Gadhafi, made the claim in an interview with the Egyptian Dream TV network on Jan. 18. His comments […]

ISIL abducts 400 Sunni civilians, killed 300 in eastern Syria attack

ISIL abducts 400 Sunni civilians, killed 300 in eastern Syria attack

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) massacred 300 Sunni civilians and took 400 more hostage in a Jan. 16 attack on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. “After their attack on Deir Ezzor, ISIL abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent […]

Starvation in Syria: Deaths in Madaya where residents were reportedly ‘eating grass’

Starvation in Syria: Deaths in Madaya where residents were reportedly ‘eating grass’

Special to WorldTribune.com At least 28 people in the Syrian town of Madaya died of starvation and residents resorted to “eating grass” before the regime of President Bashar Assad agreed to a deal with anti-regime rebels to deliver aid, sources say. Pawel Krzysiek, spokesperson for the Red Cross in Syria, told Al Jazeera on Jan. 11 that […]

Meanwhile in Syria: ISIL bomb kills 16 Alawites, wounds 54

Meanwhile in Syria: ISIL bomb kills 16 Alawites, wounds 54

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for a car bombing in Homs, Syria on Dec. 12 that killed 16 people. Talal Barazi, the provincial governor of Homs, said another 54 people were wounded in the attack near the Al-Ahli hospital in the Alawite-majority Al-Zahraa neighborhood. Barazi said at least 330 […]

U.S. official: Assad regime buying bulk of ISIL oil, some going to Turkey

U.S. official: Assad regime buying bulk of ISIL oil, some going to Turkey

Special to WorldTribune.com While Russia’s claim that Turkey is obtaining oil from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) may be true, the Assad regime that Russia is backing is buying up far larger amounts of ISIL’s crude, according to the U.S. Treasury Department. “ISIL is selling a great deal of oil to the Assad […]

Hollande’s message to Obama: This is ‘an emergency’

Hollande’s message to Obama: This is ‘an emergency’

Special to WorldTribune.com French President Francois Hollande reportedly will urge U.S. President Barack Obama to escalate U.S. attacks against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), which Hollande called “the biggest terrorist factory the world has ever seen.” Hollande, who will meet with Obama on Nov. 24, is expected to make clear to Obama the […]

At least 35 dead in blast at Hizbullah stronghold in Beirut

At least 35 dead in blast at Hizbullah stronghold in Beirut

Special to WorldTribune.com A pair of explosions minutes apart ripped through a stronghold of Iranian terror proxy Hizbullah in Beirut on Nov. 12, killing at least 35 people. Sources told Lebanon’s Daily Star and Al Jazeera that two suicide bombers launched the attacks in the Shi’ite-majority area of Ain el Sikkeh in southern Beirut. The explosions were […]

Iran accepts invitation to join Syia talks

Iran accepts invitation to join Syia talks

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran has confirmed it will join the United States, Russia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia in talks over Syria’s future. The five parties, all heavily invested in the outcome of the war and the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad, will meet on Oct. 30 in Vienna. Egypt and Iraq will also attend. […]