UK columnist: Iran may be ‘hot’ but its brutality leaves me cold

UK columnist: Iran may be ‘hot’ but its brutality leaves me cold

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 Post-sanctions Iran may have become a fashionable “hot spot” for tourists but it is still a brutal hellhole for many of its own people, particularly women, a UK columnist wrote. “Scrolling through the hundreds of photos a friend took on a visit last year, I did feel a twinge […]

Egypt, in goodwill test for Hamas, reopens border crossing at Rafah

Egypt, in goodwill test for Hamas, reopens border crossing at Rafah

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 In a good faith gesture ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Egypt on June 1 temporarily reopened the Rafah border crossing at Gaza. The crossing has been all but sealed off since a terrorist attack in the Sinai Peninsula in October 2014 in which Egypt said Hamas […]

Diplomats fear economic chaos as new Russian-made banknotes are distributed in Libya

Diplomats fear economic chaos as new Russian-made banknotes are distributed in Libya

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 The distribution of new Russian-made banknotes in Libya is raising alarms among diplomats who fear it will lead to economic crisis in a country already wracked by chaos. The U.S. said the banknotes “would be counterfeit and could undermine confidence in Libya’s currency, as well as the Central Bank […]

U.S. and British special forces using Bollywood music to wear down ISIL

U.S. and British special forces using Bollywood music to wear down ISIL

by WorldTribune Staff, June 2, 2016 Word has it that Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) doesn’t like Bollywood music – hates it, in fact. After having been tipped off to that fact, American and British special forces in Libya have been blasting Bollywood tunes to get under the skin of the jihadists and […]

Leader of Western Sahara independence movement dies

Leader of Western Sahara independence movement dies

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2016 The leader of the Polisario Front, which seeks independence for Western Sahara from Morocco, has died, Algeria’s APS news agency reported. Mohamed Abdelaziz, 69, died on May 31 “after a long illness,” the report said. Abdelaziz had been leader of the Algeria-backed Polisario Front since 1976. “This is a […]

ISIL directive to Muslims, worldwide: Destroy your satellite dishes

ISIL directive to Muslims, worldwide: Destroy your satellite dishes

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2016 In a new propaganda campaign, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is demanding Muslims around the globe destroy their TV satellite dishes to stop the “broadcast of apostasy and adultery” that “destroy Muslims’ ethics.” The social media campaign, which even includes calls on Muslims to stop watching Arabic-language […]

Legislation would force Obama to disclose $1.7 billion ‘ransom payment’ to Iran

Legislation would force Obama to disclose $1.7 billion ‘ransom payment’ to Iran

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2016 A bill filed by a pair of Republican lawamkers seeks to force the Obama administration to disclose if a $1.7 billion payment to Iran was “ransom” for the release of 10 U.S. sailors who were captured by the Iranian military. Republican Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas and Sen. John […]

ISIL hangs tough in Fallujah, fears grow for 20,000 trapped children

ISIL hangs tough in Fallujah, fears grow for 20,000 trapped children

by WorldTribune Staff, June 1, 2016 The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is holding off the Iraqi offensive in Fallujah, leading to fears of a humanitarian catastrophe for some 20,000 children said to be trapped in the city. “Children face the risk of forced recruitment into the fighting, strict procedures for security screening […]

Iraqi forces under ‘heavy fire’ as ISIL fights back in Fallujah

Iraqi forces under ‘heavy fire’ as ISIL fights back in Fallujah

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 Iraqi forces launched an offensive on Fallujah on May 31 but were stopped by a counter-attack by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) at the city’s southern gates, reports say. Soldiers from the elite Rapid Response Team stopped their advance about 500 meters from the al-Shuhada district in […]

Arab media report new Jordan PM is pro-Israel

Arab media report new Jordan PM is pro-Israel

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 The newly-appointed prime minister of Jordan has “strong Israeli ties”, according to reports in Arab media. Prime Minister Hani Mulki, who was appointed by King Abdullah II on May 29 after the king dissolved parliament, is being described as “pro-Israel”. Husam Abdallat, a former senior government aide at the […]