Iran to build statue commemorating capture of U.S. sailors

Iran to build statue commemorating capture of U.S. sailors

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran will construct a statue to commemorate its capture of 10 U.S. sailors and plans to turn it into a tourist attraction. Commander Ali Fadavi, the head of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps naval forces, said the monument would capture the moment the Americans surrendered to Iranian forces. “There are very many […]

ISIL mortar kills 15 Egyptian police at Sinai checkpoint

ISIL mortar kills 15 Egyptian police at Sinai checkpoint

Special to WorldTribune.com A mortar attack launched by an affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) killed 15 Egyptian policemen at a North Sinai checkpoint on March 19. The attack, which occurred in El-Arish, killed two police captains, a first lieutenant and 12 conscripts, an Egyptian Interior Ministry statement said on March 20. […]

One year after premature U.S. withdrawal, Afghans again struggle for ‘survival’

One year after premature U.S. withdrawal, Afghans again struggle for ‘survival’

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — It came as a stunning reality check which many diplomats knew but did not expect to hear. In 2016, “survival will be an achievement for the National Unity Government” in war torn Afghanistan. The words came as a blunt assessment by the UN’s new political […]

Kurds declare federal region in Syria, sparking multilateral backlash

Kurds declare federal region in Syria, sparking multilateral backlash

Special to WorldTribune.com Syria’s Kurds on March 17 declared areas under their control a federal region, sparking an immediate backlash from Syria’s government, Turkey and the United States. More than 150 delegates from Kurdish, Arab, Assyrian and other parties meeting in Syria agreed to create a “federal system” unifying territory run by Kurds across several northern Syrian provinces. […]

Out of Pakistan: Former President Musharraf leaves three years after he returned in bid to regain power

Out of Pakistan: Former President Musharraf leaves three years after he returned in bid to regain power

Special to WorldTribune.com Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former president who is facing a litany of charges including high-treason, left the country on March 18 three years after returning from exile and vowing to regain power. Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup and a staunch U.S. ally after the 9/11 attacks, was removed from the […]

U.S. admiral cites evidence of new strategic Chinese land reclamation

U.S. admiral cites evidence of new strategic Chinese land reclamation

Special to WorldTribune.com Newly-detected activity by China around a disputed reef in the South China Sea is likely another attempt at land reclamation by the Chinese, the head of U.S. naval operations said. Adm. John Richardson said on March 17 the U.S. has seen new Chinese activity around Scarborough Shoal in the northern part of […]

American describes his time with ISIL: ‘I wasn’t thinking straight’

American describes his time with ISIL: ‘I wasn’t thinking straight’

Special to WorldTribune.com An American Muslim who is said to have defected from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claims he changed his point of view after opting to follow a young woman to Mosul, Iraq. Leaving a lot of questions unanswered, he apparently had problems with the lifestyle, noting that there was “no […]

Havana rejects Obama’s call for ‘change’: Cubans ’empowered themselves decades ago’

Havana rejects Obama’s call for ‘change’: Cubans ’empowered themselves decades ago’

Special to WorldTribune.com Days before President Barack Obama’s trip to Cuba, the Havana government said any attempt by the U.S. leader to call for the communist island to “change” would be a waste of time. The White House, meanwhile, said Obama still plans to deliver a pro-democracy message directly to Cubans. Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez […]

Republican senators introduce bill punishing Iran missile violations

Republican senators introduce bill punishing Iran missile violations

Special to WorldTribune.com Republican senators on March 17 introduced legislation aimed at requiring the Obama administration to impose stricter sanctions on Iran for continuous defiance of international sanctions on its ballistic missile program. The bill, introduced by Sen. Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire, is the GOP’s response to what it says has been President Barack […]

Egypt’s Sisi: Best route for West in Libya is to support Gen. Haftar’s army

Egypt’s Sisi: Best route for West in Libya is to support Gen. Haftar’s army

Special to WorldTribune.com The West’s best course of action in Libya is to arm and support the army of Libyan Gen. Khalifa Haftar instead of military intervention, Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi said. “If we provide arms and support to the national Libyan army it can do the job better than anyone else, better than […]