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ISIL now said to control 50 percent of Syria’s landmass

Special to WorldTribune.com After seizing Palmyra on May 20, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) now controls 50 percent of Syria, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. “There are no forces to stop them [entering the ruins],” […]

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Obama: Climate change contributed to terror groups’ rise

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the keynote address during the 134th Commencement Exercises of the Coast Guard Academy on May 20.  /AFP/Nicholas Kamm

Special to WorldTribune.com As Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) turned up the heat, seizing Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria in less than a week, President Barack Obama declined to threaten U.S. intervention. Instead he suggested that it is […]

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U.S. President Obama: Best friend of Eurasia’s predators

Erdogan and Obama

Special to WorldTribune.com By Alexander Maistrovoy With Iran, another predator is set free during Obama’s cadence. They are not empires yet. They don’t have enough power or the resources for becoming such. However, all of them — Russians, Turks, Arabs, […]

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Iraqis again abandon major U.S. weapons platforms fleeing Ramadi

ISIL militants in Iraq. /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com The Iraqi military abandoned more that 100 vehicles and weapons systems as it fled Ramadi, including several U.S.-origin platforms. Keeping the military vehicles out of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) hands is vital, Pentagon spokesman […]

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ISIL threatens ancient Roman World Heritage site at Palmyra, Syria

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has taken at least a third of the town near the Syrian historical city of Palmyra, according to reports by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Losing Palmyra would […]

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U.S. starts combat phase of Africa Lion exercise in Morocco

F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 480th Fighter Squadron, 52nd Fighter Wing, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, and the Royal Moroccan air force prepare for take-off May 15 at Ben Guerir Air Base, Morocco. / U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com As the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, Al Qaida and other jihadist groups with combat experience filter back into north African, the second phase of the U.S. military’s largest annual joint exercise in Africa got underway […]

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Pentagon intelligence report warning of Benghazi attack was circulating on day it happened

U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. / Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed […]

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Khamenei adviser: Iran ready, willing and able to help Iraq confront ISIL

Ali Akbar Velayati. / PressTV

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A top adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has said Tehran is ready to carry out “any step” to help Iraq confront Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) […]

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U.S. forces seen as only answer after ISIL counters strike in Syria by taking Ramadi

Residents flee Ramadi as ISIL forces advance. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) responded decisively after losing a key leader in a raid last week by U.S. special forces in eastern Syria. ISIL forces took the key city Ramadi, Iraq during a […]

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Backlash in Egypt: Judges killed in Sinai hours after Morsi sentence

Security checkpoint in North Sinai. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Hours after former president Mohammed Morsi was sentenced to death in Cairo on May 16, Islamist gunmen ambushed a car driving two Egyptian judges to a court hearing in the Sinai Peninsula, killing both judges, a prosecutor […]

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