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Erdogan strategy vs Kurds said failing as he scrambles to retain power

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s gambit to repair the damage from his Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) crushing defeat in June elections by waging an unofficial war against Kurdish forces appears to have backfired. New polls on […]

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ISIL kills two generals in Iraq, advances in Syria

Syrians examine the site of reported bombings by ISIL in the town of Marea.

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) suicide bomber killed two Iraqi generals in Anbar province on Aug. 27 as the terror group was said to have continued to make gains in Syria. Iraqi military spokesman […]

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Swiss envoy: Iran is a pole of stability … ‘be brave’

Swiss Ambassador Giulio Haas meets with Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.

Special to WorldTribune.com The Swiss are telling the world that Iran is a “pole of stability” and that investors should “be brave” and dive into Teheran’s “virgin market.” Giulio Haas, Switzerland’s ambassador to Iran, told some 500 Swiss businesspeople on […]

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Hizbullah planner of ’96 Khobar Towers bombing arrested in Beirut

Ahmed al-Mughassil

Special to WorldTribune.com The mastermind of the 1996 Khobar Towers terrorist attack that killed 19 Americans has been captured, U.S. and Saudi officials said on Aug. 26. The arrest of Ahmed al-Mughassil, who was described by the FBI in 2001 […]

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Saudis’ U.S. Patriot intercepts Scud missile fired from Yemen

Saudi soldiers at the Najran military point near the Yemen border.

Special to WorldTribune.com A Scud missile fired by Yemeni soldiers allied with Iran-backed Houthi rebels was intercepted by Saudi Arabia on Aug. 26. Brig. Gen. Sharaf Luqman, a spokesman for the Yemeni forces fighting alongside the Houthis, said the missile […]

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Petraeus, Ross: Israel has the resolve and needs the bunker busters to enforce Iran deal

The Massive Ordnance Penetrator hits a test target.

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States should provide Israel with the upgraded, advanced version of the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (bunker-buster) bomb, two former Obama administration officials said. David Petraeus, former CIA director and commander of U.S. forces in Iraq and […]

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Iran angered by IAEA leak on secret side deals after Parchin report

Iranian Ambassador to the IAEA Reza Najafi

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran signaled its anger over the recent leaking of an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) document that revealed evidence Teheran had attempted to sanitize its Parchin military nuclear facility. The IAEA should “exercise utmost vigilance to ensure […]

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Iran recruiting Afghan refugees for often fatal missions to bolster Assad’s Syria

The latest estimates suggest at least 3,500 Afghans are fighting in Syria in support of Bashar Assad.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran is said to be recruiting refugees from Afghanistan to replenish the heavily-depleted forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Afghans recruited as mercenaries and relatives of some fighters who were killed in Syria say the recruitment effort […]

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South Sudan president signs peace deal with ‘serious reservations’

South Sudan President Salva Kiir

Special to WorldTribune.com South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Aug. 26 signed a peace agreement to end the 20-month-long civil war, but said “serious reservations” could derail hopes of a lasting peace for the world’s newest country. “The current peace […]

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U.S.-UK ‘special relationship’ on the rocks? Socialist who compared U.S. to ISIL seen as Labor Party leader

Jeremy Corbyn

Special to WorldTribune.com A socialist politician who has compared the U.S. military to Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) and seeks closer ties with Vladimir Putin is topping the polls in the race to lead Britain’s Labor Party. Jeremy […]

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