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 […]

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, […]

ISIL abducts 400 Sunni civilians, killed 300 in eastern Syria attack

ISIL abducts 400 Sunni civilians, killed 300 in eastern Syria attack

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) massacred 300 Sunni civilians and took 400 more hostage in a Jan. 16 attack on the eastern Syrian city of Deir Ezzor. “After their attack on Deir Ezzor, ISIL abducted at least 400 civilians from the residents of the Al-Baghaliyeh suburb it captured and adjacent […]

The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

The foreign policy ‘vision’ at Obama’s last State of the Union cries for an opthalmologist

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama’s State of the Union Address, the annual speech to a joint session of Congress, has emerged as more of a political pep rally than a clear overview of America’s standing in the world both domestic and foreign. The address was touted as […]

U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

U.S. widow sues Twitter for giving voice to ISIL

Special to WorldTribune.com The widow of an American killed in a Jordan terrorist attack is filing suit against Twitter for giving a voice to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In the lawsuit, Tamara Fields said the social media company until recently had given jihadists “unfettered” ability to maintain official Twitter accounts to spread […]

Egypt kills 30 terrorists in Sinai raid

Egypt kills 30 terrorists in Sinai raid

Special to WorldTribune.com Egypt reported its forces killed 30 jihadists in a raid on the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) affiliate in North Sinai on Jan. 14. Army spokesperson Brig. Gen. Mohamed Samir said Egyptian forces launched air strikes on Sinai Province targets near the city of Sheikh Zuweid after security forces gained […]

Carter details plan to take ISIL strongholds but not ‘Americanize’ conflict

Carter details plan to take ISIL strongholds but not ‘Americanize’ conflict

Special to WorldTribune.com Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on Jan. 13 said the U.S.-led coalition has a plan in place to drive Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) out of its strongholds in Iraq and Syria. “The specialized expeditionary targeting force I announced in December is now in place and is preparing to work with […]

Iraqi refugee charged with plan to bomb Houston malls

Iraqi refugee charged with plan to bomb Houston malls

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iraqi refugee suspected of sympathizing with the Islamic State extremist group wanted to set off bombs at two Texas malls and was learning to make explosive devices, U.S. authorities said on January 13. Omar Faraj Saeed al-Hardan, who emigrated to Houston from Iraq in 2009, […]

ISIL jihadist registered as refugee one week before terror attack in Istanbul

ISIL jihadist registered as refugee one week before terror attack in Istanbul

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) jihadist who killed 11 tourists in Turkey on Jan. 12 had registered as a refugee one week before the bombing. CCTV footage released on Jan. 13 shows 28-year-old ISIL jihadist Nabil Fadli registering as a refugee with Turkish immigration authorities. Fadli blew himself up in Sultanahmet Square […]

Cultural glitches: Why does the Iranian community (and also the U.S. academy) demonize national self interest?

Cultural glitches: Why does the Iranian community (and also the U.S. academy) demonize national self interest?

Special to WorldTribune.com By Sheda Vasseghi The recent death of the late Shah’s twin sister Princess Ashraf Pahlavi (1919-2016) has caused an odd part of the Iranian psyche to resurface once again. Under articles about the princess or the late Shah, some Iranians leave peculiar and negative comments on social media that are illogical, offensive, […]

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