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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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Mullah Omar’s family challenges new Taliban leadership

Mullah Mohammad Omar

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The family of the late Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, says it’s not backing his announced successor and that religious scholars and veterans of the movement should choose his replacement. […]

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Taliban attack on Afghan parliament kills woman, child

The scene near the Afghan parliament in Kabul, Afghanistan, June 22. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A suicide bomber and several gunmen staged a brazen attack on the Afghan parliament on June 22, killing two civilians in an assault claimed by the Taliban, while in the north […]

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Report: Iran supporting Taliban with weapons and cash

Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran “is betting on the re-emergence of the Taliban,” a Western diplomat said, and is covering that bet by supplying weapons, cash and training to its fighters. “At the beginning, Iran was supporting Taliban financially,” said a […]

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Betraying our allies: Lessons unlearned by less-than-compassionate foreign policy liberals

Vietnamese 'Boat People': One lesson learned from that war is the U.S. should not betray its friends and allies as it did the South Vietnamese.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com SAIGON — It’s become fashionable among intellectuals from left and right to talk about the Vietnam War in terms of “lessons learned.” Better yet, critics of U.S. policy write and talk about “lessons […]

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Italian police raids target Pakistani, Afghan suspects in plot against Vatican

The Vatican.

Special to WorldTribune.com Raids throughout Italy targeted 18 suspects in plot to attack the Vatican, a prosecutor said on April 24. Mauro Mura said the counter-terrorism investigation of planned attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan had found evidence of plans involving […]

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Ranking U.S. officials missed UN special session on genocide of Mideast Christians

UNspecialSession

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Throughout the chaos, calamity and conflict which has befallen the Middle East, there are few groups which have come under such intense attack as Christians and minority ethnic communities. As […]

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What happened? White House stunned as wars rage across the Middle East

YEMEN-CONFLICT

Special to WorldTribune.com When President Barack Obama took office, he offered a familiar foreign policy vision that had been the refrain of the Left’s criticism of his predecessor: The U.S. would withdraw from the region’s conflicts and focus on its […]

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A list of basic unanswered questions about Iran

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Sol W. Sanders Why is one of the world’s poorest countries [40 percent living in poverty, halfway down on list of countries in per capita GDP] building capital-intensive nuclear power facilities? Iran has the third largest oil and the second […]

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Brightened Afghan prospects challenged by ISIL ‘foothold’, Taliban terror, weak economy

Nicholas-Haysom

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — Afghanistan’s long and tortuous road to peace and reconciliation still seems a near mirage as an entrenched terrorist insurgency continuously rebuffs political and security gains made by the Kabul government […]

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