Mideast roundup: Report suggests Israel requested U.S. Syria pullout

Mideast roundup: Report suggests Israel requested U.S. Syria pullout

CELEBRATING 20 YEARS OF EXCELLENCE: Countdown: Top stories of 2018 by WorldTribune Staff, December 26, 2018 Israel requested the United States withdraw its troops from Syria ahead of a “winter offensive” the Jewish state plans to launch against Hizbullah, a Dec. 25 report said. The Trump administration’s decision to withdraw the roughly 2,000 American troops […]

U.S. general in Afghanistan: ‘Enemy believed that we had lost our will to win’

U.S. general in Afghanistan: ‘Enemy believed that we had lost our will to win’

by WorldTribune Staff, August 23, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump’s strategy in Afghanistan “is fundamentally working and advancing us towards reconciliation,” the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan said on Aug. 22. Ditching the Obama administration’s timeline for withdrawal and gaining commitments from NATO allies to extend assistance to 2024 were key moves made by […]

Surrender of 200 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan raises question of who gets credit

Surrender of 200 ISIS fighters in Afghanistan raises question of who gets credit

by WorldTribune Staff, August 2, 2018 More than 200 Islamic State (ISIS) jihadists who had been engaged in intense fighting with the Taliban ended up surrendering to the Afghan army. Reports on the ground differ on why the fighters chose to surrender. Some say the jihadists surrendered to Afghan forces because they did not want […]

Trump set to announce major decision on Afghanistan

Trump set to announce major decision on Afghanistan

by WorldTribune Staff, August 20, 2017 U.S. President Donald Trump, after consulting at Camp David with his national security aides, has made a decision on U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said. “I am very comfortable that the strategic process was sufficiently rigorous and did not go in with a pre-set position,” […]

In Pakistan, Trump’s national security adviser signals tougher U.S. stance

In Pakistan, Trump’s national security adviser signals tougher U.S. stance

by WorldTribune Staff, April 17, 2017 In advance of the Trump administration’s first formal high-level exchange with Pakistan, national security adviser H.R. McMaster suggested that Washington is adjusting its policy towards a key ally in the region. McMaster visited Islamabad on April 17, a day after holding talks with Afghan leaders in Kabul. He delivered […]

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 […]

Al Qaida gaining strength in Afghanistan (and in Yemen)

Al Qaida gaining strength in Afghanistan (and in Yemen)

Special to WorldTribune.com Al Qaida has a larger presence in Afghanistan than U.S. defense officials had previously thought and its ties to the Taliban make the terror group a “big threat” in the country. Maj. Gen. Jeff Buchanan, Deputy Chief of Staff for the U.S. military force in Afghanistan, said the recent discovery and destruction […]

Cultural barbarians for the ages: ISIL, Taliban, Chairman Mao

Cultural barbarians for the ages: ISIL, Taliban, Chairman Mao

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The modern day barbarians have been routed from the ancient city of Palmyra, but the destruction left in the wake of the nearly year long Islamic State occupation has been near catastrophic. After five years of conflict, war torn Syria sees the fruits of limited […]

President Obama visits terror-linked mosque

President Obama visits terror-linked mosque

Special to WorldTribune.com The Baltimore mosque that U.S. President Barack Obama visited on Feb. 3 has been linked to Hamas and other terror organizations. In his first visit to a U.S. mosque, Obama spoke at the Islamic Society of Baltimore (ISB), whose former imam was linked to the financing of Hamas in the Gaza Strip […]

U.S. airstrikes destroy ISIL’s ‘Voice of the Caliphate’ radio station

U.S. airstrikes destroy ISIL’s ‘Voice of the Caliphate’ radio station

Special to WorldTribune.com A radio station in Afghanistan that was operated by Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) was destroyed by U.S.-led coalition airstrikes. “Voice of the Caliphate” radio, operated out of a remote part of eastern Afghanistan, was destroyed by two “counter-terrorism airstrikes” on Feb. 1, according to a U.S. military official. Afghan […]