Lead Belgian bomber, still at large, recently IDed as key suspect in Paris attack

Lead Belgian bomber, still at large, recently IDed as key suspect in Paris attack

Special to WorldTribune.com One of the terrorists caught on camera just before the Brussels airport bombing, who remains at large, is a key suspect in the November attacks in Paris, authorities said. Belgian authorities identified brothers Ibrahim and Khalid el-Bakraoui, who were Belgian nationals, as the suicide bombers who blew themselves up at Zaventem airport […]

Report: Belgian terrorists can enter U.S. without visa

Report: Belgian terrorists can enter U.S. without visa

Special to WorldTribune.com Belgian terrorists could easily slip into the United States with minimal security checks, a U.S. lawmaker said. Rep. Ron DeSantis, Florida Republican and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told the Washington Free Beacon on March 22 that the Obama administration has not changed the current visa waiver program despite […]

Trump: When Muslims in U.S. see trouble ‘they have to report it’

Trump: When Muslims in U.S. see trouble ‘they have to report it’

Special to WorldTribune.com Muslims are “absolutely not reporting” terror suspects and “that’s a big problem,” Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said on March 22 following the attacks in Brussels. “I would say this to the Muslims, and in the United States also, when they see trouble they have to report it,” Trump told Britain’s ITV […]

U.S. arrest of Iranian trader shakes Turkish government, markets

U.S. arrest of Iranian trader shakes Turkish government, markets

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. arrest of Iranian-born Reza Zarrab reverberated in Turkey on March 22 as the well-connected gold trader was at the center of a bribery scandal that once engulfed Turkey’s leadership. The U.S. charges that Zarrab helped the Iranian government and businesses get around economic sanctions […]

‘Brussels is burning’: ISIL celebrates slaughter on social media

‘Brussels is burning’: ISIL celebrates slaughter on social media

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and its supporters used the Twitter hashtag “Brussels is burning” to express their glee at the March 22 terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital. Bombings at the city’s main airport and a metro station killed at least 34 people. It occurred four days after the arrest […]

Obama administration had secret talks with Iran before $1.7 billion payment

Obama administration had secret talks with Iran before $1.7 billion payment

Special to WorldTribune.com The Obama administration paid Iran $1.7 billion in taxpayer funds after three years of secret talks over legal claims Iran filed against the U.S. More payouts to Iran are likely in the future, according to a letter issued by the State Department and obtained exclusively by the Washington Free Beacon. The administration confirmed […]

Russian-backed Syrian troops advance on Palmyra

Russian-backed Syrian troops advance on Palmyra

Special to WorldTribune.com Syrian forces, backed by Russian airstrikes, took key high ground on the outskirts of Palmyra and positioned themselves for an advance on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) forces in the historic ancient city. “God willing, within few hours we will enter and secure the town,” one officer told the Syrian […]

Brussels terror: ‘Shocking’ level of unpreparedness by Belgium

Brussels terror: ‘Shocking’ level of unpreparedness by Belgium

Special to WorldTribune.com In the wake of November’s Paris attacks and amid ongoing threats, current and former U.S. and European counter-terrorism officials said they were taken aback by the “shocking” level of unpreparedness by Belgian authorities. Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) which carried out the Paris massacre of more than 200 people, claimed […]

Belgium attack: Capture of Saleh Abdeslam revealed extensive network in Europe

Belgium attack: Capture of Saleh Abdeslam revealed extensive network in Europe

Special to WorldTribune.com The arrest of a jihadist linked to the November attacks in Paris revealed a large network operating in the Molenbeek area, the epicenter of terrorism in Brussels. Saleh Abdeslam was confirmed by authorities as the potential 10th suicide bomber from the Paris attacks who aborted his attack and fled back to Brussels. […]

Trump: ‘NATO is costing us a fortune’

Trump: ‘NATO is costing us a fortune’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump said the United States should significantly cut spending on the NATO military alliance. “We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore,” the GOP frontrunner told The Washington Post on March 21. “NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting […]