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Ashton Carter: Iraqi Forces ‘vastly outnumbered ISIL invaders but ‘failed to fight’

Iraqi troops fire toward ISIL positions in Anbar province on May 19. / Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that Iraqi forces “failed to fight” in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, and said the troops lacked the will to defend […]

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Tragedy in Ramadi, denial at the White House and a seismic shift in the balance of power

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The fall of the critically important city of Ramadi to terrorists, the widening humanitarian crisis throughout the country involving millions of displaced persons, and the continuing pressures on a still-fragile […]

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

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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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Iran ship defies U.S. request, enters Gulf of Aden en route to Yemen

Iran's Shahed, owned by  Valfajr Shipping Company, is officially said to be carrying 2,500 tons of humanitarian supplies. / Mahmoud Hosseini

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iranian-flagged cargo ship that is bound for Yemen in defiance of U.S. warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on May 21. The development […]

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Before Iran talks resume, map of the Middle East may already have changed

Rebel fighters in Jisr al-Shughour where Assad forces surrendered on April 26. / Khalil Ashawi / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The already extremely complex Middle East may be on the verge of becoming even more so. At this point, the Sh’ia northern arc of Iran, Iraq, Assad and Hizbullah is in confrontation with the […]

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As Obama pledges ‘ironclad commitment’ to Gulf nations, Iran fires at another ship

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with GCC delegation at Camp David on May 14.  /AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Special to WorldTribune.com On the same day President Barack Obama promised Persian Gulf States leaders the U.S. would protect their security, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy again fired at a commercial ship. In a May 14 summit at Camp David […]

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Rubio outlines a compelling foreign policy vision in sharp contrast with Obama’s

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler NEW YORK — In a stirring and substantive foreign policy address, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) presented his presidential vision for a new America. Calling for transformative leadership in the 21st century, the Republican […]

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U.S. warns Iran against sending ship to Yemen as Obama hosts Arab summit

The Iran-flagged Shahed cargo ship.

Special to WorldTribune.com As President Barack Obama convened a Camp David summit for “key Arab allies” in which only two Gulf leaders will attend, the Pentagon on May 13 urged Iran to change the course of a cargo ship said […]

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80 in Iran parliament want to stop nuclear talks over U.S. threats of ‘military options’

Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said Parliament fears are unwarranted. / epa

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian lawmakers have signed and proposed a bill that, if passed by parliament, would stop nuclear talks with the United States until Washington stops issuing threats tied to the outcome of […]

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While White House focuses on Iran, Kremlin is cultivating all key regional players

The Kremlin  favors discretion, caution, and long-term architecture above insistence on compliance with its policies

Special to WorldTribune.com By GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Russian government has revived its fortunes to its south in the past few years. To do so it has been forced to play a delicate, low-key, balancing strategy dominated by the […]

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