Report: Israel warned Belgium of lax airport security

Report: Israel warned Belgium of lax airport security

Special to WorldTribune.com As recently as a few weeks before the March 22 terror attacks in Brussels, Israel had warned Belgian officials of numerous security deficiencies at Zaventem Airport. Israeli security officials who assess safety measures at international airports that operate flights to Tel Aviv found “significant shortcomings” at Zaventem, Israel’s Channel 2 reported on […]

U.S. arrest of Iranian trader shakes Turkish government, markets

U.S. arrest of Iranian trader shakes Turkish government, markets

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The U.S. arrest of Iranian-born Reza Zarrab reverberated in Turkey on March 22 as the well-connected gold trader was at the center of a bribery scandal that once engulfed Turkey’s leadership. The U.S. charges that Zarrab helped the Iranian government and businesses get around economic sanctions […]

Word on the street in Istanbul was that an attack was imminent

Word on the street in Istanbul was that an attack was imminent

Special to WorldTribune.com Istanbul residents believed an attack was coming after a similar terrorist strike in Ankara, a leader of Turkey’s Jewish community said. “This is what everyone was talking about on the street,” said Eyal Peretz, who heads the Arkadash organization. “Everyone talked about how a terror attack was about to happen.” Three Israelis […]

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. […]

Russia claims Turkish troops are on Syrian soil

Russia claims Turkish troops are on Syrian soil

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish troops have entered Syrian territory, according to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov. Lavrov, in comments to Ren-TV on March 13, said Moscow has evidence that Ankara has sent troops to Syria and is conducing a “creeping expansion” on the border with Syria. Related: Erdogan denies reports Turkey is secretly collaborating with […]

Turkish government seizes control of best-selling opposition newspaper

Turkish government seizes control of best-selling opposition newspaper

Special to WorldTribune.com One of the few remaining independent voices that routinely published viewpoints opposite of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been taken over by the Turkish government. Zaman, Turkey’s best-selling opposition newspaper, came under government control on March 4 as Erdogan’s government continued its assault on press freedom. Protesters opposed to the takeover were […]

EU’s migrant deal with Turkey said to ignore ‘root cause’ of crisis

EU’s migrant deal with Turkey said to ignore ‘root cause’ of crisis

Special to WorldTribune.com The European Union has agreed to pay Turkey an additional 3 billion euros to help Ankara deal with the Syrian migration crisis. The agreement was made during a EU migration summit in Brussels on March 7, according to a report by Reuters. The agreement included a proposal that “Turkey would take back […]

Turkey has opened over 1,800 cases against those who insulted Erdogan

Turkey has opened over 1,800 cases against those who insulted Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com Insulting the president in Turkey is a crime. Apparently, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn’t like being insulted – and a lot of people are doing it. “The justice ministry has allowed 1,845 cases on charges of insulting Erdogan to go ahead,” Bekir Bozdag said, responding to questions in parliament. “I am unable […]

Syrian crisis present more immediate threat to Israel

Syrian crisis present more immediate threat to Israel

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Israel is wisely keeping out of the fray in Syria, but it may be challenged all the same. There are more than two dozen state and non-state actors battling over the prostrate body of what used to be Syria, one of the artificial entities carved out in the Middle […]

Erdogan: Will Turkey stop shelling anti-ISIL Kurdish forces in Syria? No way

Erdogan: Will Turkey stop shelling anti-ISIL Kurdish forces in Syria? No way

Special to WorldTribune.com President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey will not cease its attacks on Kurdish forces even though the Kurds have been the only consistently effective ground force against common foe Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Erdogan on Feb. 17 said Turkey would continue shelling Kurdish targets in Syria to prevent the […]