Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

Saudis report 375 civilians have been killed near Yemen border

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran-backed Houthi rebels and their allies have fired some 40,000 projectiles from Yemen into Saudi Arabia, killing at least 375 civilians, Saudi officials said on Feb. 1. On Feb. 1 alone, nearly 130 mortars and 15 missiles were fired by the Houthis and forces loyal to Ali Abdullah Saleh, Yemen’s former president, […]

Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Iran says $100 billion in frozen assets ‘fully released’

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iran says it now has access to more than $100 billion worth of overseas assets that were unfrozen as a result of a landmark nuclear deal with world powers. Government spokesman Mohammad Bagher Nobakht said much of the money was stored in banks in China, India, […]

Merkel: Once ISIL is defeated, refugees must leave Germany

Merkel: Once ISIL is defeated, refugees must leave Germany

Special to WorldTribune.com The 1.1 million refugees who have entered Germany since last year must leave when Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) is defeated, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. “We need to say to people that this is a temporary residential status and we expect that, once there is peace in Syria again, […]

Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed hours after preaching against ISIL, Al Qaida

Top Yemeni Salafi cleric killed hours after preaching against ISIL, Al Qaida

Special to WorldTribune.com Yemen’s top Salafi cleric was kidnapped and killed hours after delivering a sermon railing against Al Qaida and Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). The body of Samahan Abdel-Aziz, also known as Sheikh Rawi, was found on Jan. 31 in the southern port city of Aden. The body showed signs of […]

Khamenei awards medals to Iran soldiers who captured U.S. sailors

Khamenei awards medals to Iran soldiers who captured U.S. sailors

Special to WorldTribune.com Supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei awarded medals to Iranian forces for their “courageous and timely” capture of American boats and sailors last month. Navy Commander Rear Adm. Ali Fadavi and four other Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) commanders were awarded the “Order of Fath” (Conquest) by Khamenei, the Tasnim news agency reported. “Your move […]

Most Jordanian students have never heard of ‘Al-Aqsa’ holy mosque in Jerusalem

Most Jordanian students have never heard of ‘Al-Aqsa’ holy mosque in Jerusalem

Special to WorldTribune.com The push to codify Al-Aqsa Mosque as a major Islamic holy site doesn’t seem to be catching on in Jordan. A recent poll published by the University of Jordan found that 60 percent of students surveyed had never even heard of the holy mosque in Jerusalem. “This survey has proven once again […]

EgyptAir mechanic suspected of planting bomb that took down Russian airliner

EgyptAir mechanic suspected of planting bomb that took down Russian airliner

Special to WorldTribune.com A mechanic who was working for EgyptAir is suspected of planting the bomb that brought down a Russian airliner last October in the Sinai Peninsula. Sources who declined to be identified because of the ongoing investigation, told Reuters the mechanic was detained by Egyptian authorities. It was reported the mechanic’s cousin was […]

Report: Sirte residents ecstatic as secret sniper picks off ISIL commanders in Libya

Report: Sirte residents ecstatic as secret sniper picks off ISIL commanders in Libya

Special to WorldTribune.com A skilled sniper is said to be assassinating Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) top leaders in Libya. Three commanders at ISIL’s Libyan stronghold in Sirte have been shot dead from long range in recent weeks, according to a report by the London Telegraph, citing local Libyan media. Social media reports […]

Bolton: ISIL, Iran to exploit Obama’s final year as closing window of opportunity

Bolton: ISIL, Iran to exploit Obama’s final year as closing window of opportunity

Special to WorldTribune.com Threats from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and terror-sponsor Iran will likely get worse in the final year of President Barack Obama’s term, according to former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton. “I think it will get worse in the next year, because our adversaries in Teheran and ISIL […]

Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ radical Islam provide no alternative to liberal democracy

Fukuyama: ‘Putinism,’ radical Islam provide no alternative to liberal democracy

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Russian President Vladimir Putin and the extremist Islamic State group are sworn enemies that might seem to have little in common. But both are engaged in efforts at state building that U.S. political scientist Francis Fukuyama says share two qualities: each seeks to create a political […]