Tribal fighters join U.S.-backed forces in assault on last ISIS stronghold in eastern Syria

Tribal fighters join U.S.-backed forces in assault on last ISIS stronghold in eastern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, December 5, 2018 U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) are battling to retake the last remaining Islamic State (ISIS) stronghold in eastern Syria. SDF forces have been joined by several hundred local tribal fighters in battling ISIS for control of Hajin, in the Syrian province of Deir el-Zour. Hajin “is the last bastion […]

U.S. air strike in Syria kills ISIS commander who executed hostage

U.S. air strike in Syria kills ISIS commander who executed hostage

by WorldTribune Staff, December 3, 2018 An Islamic State (ISIS) commander who was involved in the execution of an American hostage was on the receiving end of a “precision strike” by U.S. coalition forces in southeastern Syria, the U.S. military said. Abu al-Umarayn was killed in in a desert area known as Badiya, according to […]

Christians face extinction in Middle East from where they sprang — Archbishop of Canterbury

Christians face extinction in Middle East from where they sprang — Archbishop of Canterbury

by WorldTribune Staff, December 2, 2018 The situation for Christians in the Middle East is the worst “since the Mongol invasions of the 13th century,” the Archbishop of Canterbury warned. Meanwhile, the U.S. House of Representatives last week passed the “Iraq and Syria Genocide Relief and Accountability Act”, which seeks to assist with the rebuilding […]

Israel threatens Syria’s S-300s; State Dept. calls delivery a ‘serious escalation’ if true

Israel threatens Syria’s S-300s; State Dept. calls delivery a ‘serious escalation’ if true

by WorldTribune Staff, October 3, 2018 Russia on Oct. 2 said that it had completed delivery of the S-300 missile system to Syria, a move the U.S. said would be a “serious escalation” of tensions in the region. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said the S-300 has been delivered and that work on preparation and […]

Weapon convoys left Iraq before U.S. invasion? Clapper said: ‘Oh yeah. There is no question’

Weapon convoys left Iraq before U.S. invasion? Clapper said: ‘Oh yeah. There is no question’

by WorldTribune Staff, September 27, 2018 Is former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper playing fast and loose with the facts in his new book titled “Fact and Fears: Hard Truths From a Life in Intelligence”? In the book, Clapper is critical of reporting by The Washington Times on the 2003 invasion of Iraq that, […]

Russia to send advanced missile system to Syria

Russia to send advanced missile system to Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, September 25, 2018 Russia will within the next two weeks send the S-300 air defense missile system to Syria, Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Sept. 24. The delivery of the advanced missile defense system to Syria is “an adequate response” to Israel’s role in the downing of a Russian IL-20 last week, Shoigu […]

Israel says air strike in Syria targeted facility tied to Iran-Hizbullah weapons transfers

Israel says air strike in Syria targeted facility tied to Iran-Hizbullah weapons transfers

by WorldTribune Staff, September 20, 2018 Israel said that when Syrian anti-aircraft fire downed a Russian IL-20 aircraft, its warplanes had finished targeting a facility in Latakia that was linked to Iran weapons transfers to Hizbullah. IDF spokesman Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis said the IDF had struck a Syrian military facility from which systems to manufacture […]

Russian military plane downed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire targeting Israeli jets

Russian military plane downed by Syrian anti-aircraft fire targeting Israeli jets

by WorldTribune Staff, September 18, 2018 After his own Defense Ministry had blamed Israel for Syria’s shooting down of a Russian warplane over the eastern Mediterranean Sea, President Vladimir Putin on Sept. 18 backtracked and concluded that the incident, in which 15 Russian personnel died, was an accident. “It rather looks like a chain of […]

Turkey warns of ‘retaliation’ if its forces in Idlib are attacked by Syria, Iran, Russia

Turkey warns of ‘retaliation’ if its forces in Idlib are attacked by Syria, Iran, Russia

by WorldTribune Staff, September 13, 2018 Turkey warned President Bashar Assad and his allies Iran and Russia not to attack Turkish forces in Syria’s Idlib province. Turkey said it has sent troops, armored vehicles and equipment to reinforce its 12 military posts inside Idlib. “We have a military presence there and if that military presence […]

Syrian endgame threatens new migrant surge

Syrian endgame threatens new migrant surge

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — After seven years of bitter fighting, twelve million civilians displaced, and more than a half million people killed, Syria’s relentless civil war may be coming to a dramatic conclusion. The final showdown seems set for the north-western province of Idlib, a rebel stronghold, where three […]

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