Libya then and now: Benghazi ignited Americans’ distrust in their government

Libya then and now: Benghazi ignited Americans’ distrust in their government

Special to WorldTribune.com, August 1, 2018 By John McNabb In 2007 just before the November presidential election, I was serving as Chairman of an international energy contractor that had been in existence for over one hundred years and had operated in over sixty countries during that span. Some of my senior team accompanied me on […]

Surging Kurds see advance in Syria a win for all sides; Turkey is the exception

Surging Kurds see advance in Syria a win for all sides; Turkey is the exception

by WorldTribune Staff, May 8, 2017 Syria’s Kurds, the fighting force that was key in turning the tide against Islamic State (ISIS), are looking to redraw northern Syria to link their autonomous Rojava region with the Mediterranean Sea. Kurds make up the majority of the Syria Democratic Forces (SDF) that is closing in on ISIS’s […]

Vehicular terrorism: Ramming attack in London marks new, go-to method of choice

Vehicular terrorism: Ramming attack in London marks new, go-to method of choice

by WorldTribune Staff, March 29, 2017 Attacks involving vehicles as the weapon of choice for terrorists will likely increase as they are inexpensive to organize and easier to pull off than bombings or mass shootings, analysts say. “The success of vehicular attacks, a low-tech, inexpensive and almost unstoppable method of killing civilians and getting international […]

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

Assad’s forces take over positions from U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria

by WorldTribune Staff, March 7, 2017 In a deal said brokered by Russia, Syrian President Bashar Assad’s forces have taken over frontline positions from a U.S.-backed militia in northern Syria. The Syrian army took over the positions in the city of Manbij, where the U.S.-backed Manbij Military Council had been fighting anti-Assad rebel forces backed […]

Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall

Turkey has completed more than half of its Syria border wall

by WorldTribune Staff, February 27, 2017 Turkey has finished construction on more than half of its 511-kilometer (317 miles) security wall along its border with Syria. “The construction works are ongoing and we will complete it as soon as possible,” said Ergun Turan, president of Turkey’s state-owned housing agency TOKI. Turkey shares a 900-kilometer (559 […]

U.S. ground troops in Syria called one option Pentagon is weighing

U.S. ground troops in Syria called one option Pentagon is weighing

by WorldTribune Staff, February 16, 2017 The Pentagon is conducting a “30-day review” of its strategy in Syria and is floating the idea of sending in ground troops. U.S. commanders have said there is an urgent need to liberate Raqqa, the de facto capital of Islamic State (ISIS). Intelligence has indicated ISIS jihadists in Raqqa […]

Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

Saudi deports 40,000 Pakistani workers over terror fears

by WorldTribune Staff, February 14, 2017 Saudi Arabia over the past four months has deported some 40,000 Pakistani workers, many of whom were said to be linked to Islamic State (ISIS) and other terror groups. The foreign workers were deported for visa violations, security concerns and being involved in crimes such as theft and drug […]

Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL, warns Gates

Realism not rhetoric needed to defeat ISIL,  warns Gates

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — Former U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates slammed both the Obama Administration and the presidential primary candidates calling for long-term realism in America’s fight against the Islamic State (ISIS or ISIL) terrorism. “I think that the president has all along underestimated ISIS, has underestimated the degree […]