Belgian of Moroccan descent, arrested in Paris attacks probe, fought in Syria

Belgian of Moroccan descent, arrested in Paris attacks probe, fought in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Police in Morocco have arrested a Belgian national of Moroccan descent in connection with the November terror attacks in Paris. Gelel Attar was arrested on Jan. 15 in the city of Mohammedia, the Moroccan Interior Ministry said. The ministry said Attar had received training from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) […]

Iran’s Rouhani takes victory tour with stops in Italy, France and the Vatican

Iran’s Rouhani takes victory tour with stops in Italy, France and the Vatican

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s nuclear deal victory tour will include visits to Italy, Vatican City and France. On Jan. 16, Europe, as well as the United States, lifted sanctions on Teheran after the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) announced Iran had fulfilled all of the measures required under its deal with world […]

UN report: ISIL holding 3,500 Iraqis as slaves

UN report: ISIL holding 3,500 Iraqis as slaves

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has forced some 3,500 Iraqis into slavery, most of them minority Yazidi women and children, according to a UN report. Most of the Yazidis were forced into sexual slavery, the report, released on Jan. 19, said. The report said some 800 to 900 children were […]

ISIL using tunnel networks, civilians as human shields in Ramadi

ISIL using tunnel networks, civilians as human shields in Ramadi

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has kept Iraqi forces from gaining full control of Ramadi by launching attacks through a network of tunnels and using local residents as human shields. “What we see are small groups of enemy forces and in that group is maybe five to seven, maybe as […]

Taiwan’s ‘strawberry generation’ rejects pro-China party

Taiwan’s ‘strawberry generation’ rejects pro-China party

Special to WorldTribune.com The landslide victory for Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over the pro-China Kuomintang, (Nationalist Party) in the Jan. 16 elections was driven by the nation’s youthful “strawberry generation.” It was a particularly satisfying victory for Taiwan’s youth movement, who had been written off by their elders as soft, self-satisfied and apathetic – […]

Migration of ISIL jihadists: Out of Syria . . . and into Libya

Migration of ISIL jihadists: Out of Syria . . . and into Libya

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs January 2016 saw an acceleration of the movement of Daesh (asad-Dawlah al-Islamiyah fi al-‘Iraq wash-Sham) — so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) — fighters out of Syria and into Libya. There were profound reasons for this “flight to safety” by Daesh, […]

Cash-flush Iran to buy 114 Airbus jets, may seek Boeings

Cash-flush Iran to buy 114 Airbus jets, may seek Boeings

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran has already begun its post-sanctions spending spree. Flush with cash after implementation of the nuclear deal with world powers, the Teheran regime on Jan. 16 approved the purchase of 114 aircraft from Airbus. And next on the shopping list may be Boeings. “Airbus Group is ready to support Iranian civil and […]

Report: Late 2015 welcome party for refugees in Cologne turned into ‘mass groping’

Report: Late 2015 welcome party for refugees in Cologne turned into ‘mass groping’

Special to WorldTribune.com Furious Germans blasted the Cologne city council for covering up sex crimes by Arab migrants two months before the New Year’s Eve sex assaults. Cologne council officials covered up news of a welcome party for refugees that “descended into a mass groping session,” according to a report by the UK’s Express.   […]

Reformists candidates in Iran, 3 of every 5, rejected in bids to run for parliament

Reformists candidates in Iran, 3 of every 5, rejected in bids to run for parliament

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty State media reports from Iran say about 60 percent of the people who have applied to be candidates in Iran’s February parliamentary elections have been rejected — with most of those rejections involving reformists. Siamak Rah-Peyk, a spokesman for Iran’s Central Elections Supervising Committee, said on […]

Saudi media reports point to national anxieties over lifting of Iran sanctions

Saudi media reports point to national anxieties over lifting of Iran sanctions

Special to WorldTribune.com As trade and investment are set to pour into Iran, and oil pours out, Saudi media are reporting on widespread unease within the Kingdom over the lifting of international sanctions on Teheran. The al-Jazirah daily’s cartoonist drew an incarnation of American capitalism in striped trousers and top hat carrying a bottle marked “sanctions,” from […]