Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

Former Miss Turkey convicted of ‘insulting’ Erdogan on social media

by WorldTribune Staff, May 31, 2016 A fashion model and former Miss Turkey received a suspended sentence of over one year for “publicly insulting” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in an Instagram post. An Istanbul court sentenced Merve Buyuksarac, 27, to one year and two months in prison for a satirical poem she posted on her […]

Egypt’s Sisi: Christian woman’s attackers will face justice

Egypt’s Sisi: Christian woman’s attackers will face justice

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said the Muslim men who attacked, stripped naked and paraded a 70-year-old Christian woman through the streets will face justice. The woman was attacked in her village south of Cairo after rumors spread that her son had an affair with a Muslim woman. “They […]

Iran, India hold first joint naval exercise since lifting of international sanctions

Iran, India hold first joint naval exercise since lifting of international sanctions

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 India and Iran will hold a joint naval drill on June 3 which focuses on the Strait of Hormuz. The exercise is the first between the two countries since the lifting of international sanctions on Teheran in January 2016. Rear Adm. Habibollah Sayyari, commander of the Iranian Navy, confirmed […]

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament

Jordan’s king dissolves parliament

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 King Abdullah dissolved Jordan’s parliament on May 29 and appointed a caretaker prime minister to organize new elections. Abdullah appointed veteran politician Hani Mulqi as prime minister after accepting the resignation of Prime Minister Abdullah Ensour, Reuters reported. The main political opposition in Jordan comes from the Muslim Brotherhood, […]

Saudis hit Iran’s key role as Iraqi offensive targets Fallujah; ISIL car bombs Baghdad

Saudis hit Iran’s key role as Iraqi offensive targets Fallujah; ISIL car bombs Baghdad

by WorldTribune Staff, May 30, 2016 Saudi Arabia condemned Iran’s “intervention” in Iraq as Iraqi forces began their push into Fallujah on May 29. While U.S. special forces are on the front lines in Syria in a new offensive against the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in Raqqa, Iran “has become the face […]

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

ISIL gains territory near Turkish border through which rebel forces have been supplied

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has launched its biggest offensive in Syria’s Aleppo province in two years and gained territory from rebel forces near the Turkish border. ISIL captured territory from Syrian rebels on May 28 and inched closer to a town on a supply route for […]

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

U.S. troops ordered to remove Kurdish insignias from uniforms

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 The Pentagon has ordered U.S. special forces soldiers to stop wearing the insignia patch of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) on their uniforms. Photos of U.S. troops with the insignia patches infuriated Turkey’s increasingly authoritarian president, who views the YPG as a terrorist organization linked to the Kurdish […]

Iran blames Saudis, cancels participation in Hajj pilgrimage

Iran blames Saudis, cancels participation in Hajj pilgrimage

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Amid an ongoing rift with Sunni Saudi Arabia, Shi’ite Iran has decided not to participate in this year’s Hajj pilgrimage. “Due to ongoing sabotage by the Saudi government, it is hereby announced that … Iran’s pilgrims have been denied the privilege to attend the Hajj this year, and responsibility […]

‘I condemn it’: Erdogan blasts U.S. assist to Kurdish offensive in Syria

‘I condemn it’: Erdogan blasts U.S. assist to Kurdish offensive in Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, May 29, 2016 Saying “there is no difference” between Syrian Kurdish forces and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 29 condemned U.S. assistance in the Kurds’ offensive on ISIL’s Syrian stronghold. “The support they give to… the YPG (militia)… I condemn it,” said Erdogan. […]

U.S. Special Forces embed with Kurdish forces, join fight for capital of ISIL’s caliphate

U.S. Special Forces embed with Kurdish forces, join fight for capital of ISIL’s caliphate

by WorldTribune Staff, May 27, 2016 U.S. special operations forces are “present at all positions along the front” and are assisting a Kurdish-Arab coalition “on the ground and in the air,” in the offensive against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) in its de facto Syria capital of Raqqa. Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) field […]