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Sources: Iran already has 5,000 troops fighting ISIL in Iraq

Maj. Gen. Qassem Suleimani leads the IRGC Quds Force.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iran is said to have deployed at least 5,000 troops in neighboring Iraq. Kurdish sources said Islamic Revolutionary Guard has overseen the growing Iranian military presence in Iraq. The sources said IRGC Quds Force was […]

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The Middle East through Thomas Friedman’s looking glass


Special to WorldTribune.com Thomas Friedman’s article is a reflection of an inverted world where minor, secondary characters are villains, where genuine villains never appear at the scene, and people are united by good intentions and ties of friendship. By Alexander […]

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Joint Chiefs chairman urges U.S. allies in Middle East to lower expectations

Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, citing a strained defense budget, has warned allies against expecting military help. A senior military official acknowledged that most U.S. allies in the Middle East sought increased American intervention, particularly from the […]

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Analyst: Emergency Russian Su-25s to Iraq came from Iran

IRGC Su-25.  /A. Mahgoli/Airliners.net

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Iran was said to have secretly supplied Russian-origin fighter-jets to Iraq. The International Institute of Strategic Studies stated that the latest delivery of Su-25 ground attack aircraft to Iraq stemmed from neighboring Iran. Institute analyst […]

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U.S. hits French bank with $8.9 billion fine for skirting sanctions on Iran, Sudan, Cuba


Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has imposed an unprecedented fine on a French bank accused of violating sanctions on Iran and Sudan. The Justice Department said France’s BNP Paribas pleaded guilty to conspiring to violate U.S. sanctions […]

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Sudan renames and revives notorious militia tied to Darfour genocide

Janjaweed militamen

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Sudan has restored a militia said to be responsible for killing hundreds of thousands of civilians. After a lull of nearly a decade, the Khartoum regime, with suspected help from Iran, has reconstituted Janjaweed, a […]

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Report: Iran’s IRGC takes charge in Iraq of defending Shi’ite sectors

Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has taken over Iranian policy in neighboring Iraq, a report said. The American Enterprise Institute asserted that IRGC’s Quds Force was now responsible for Teheran’s interests in Iraq. In a […]

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Battle-hardened Shi’ites from Syria said to join fight in Iraq on orders from Iran

Shiite tribal fighters raise their weapons and chant slogans against the al-Qaida-inspired Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in the east Baghdad neighborhood of Kamaliya, Iraq on June 15.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Thousands of Iranian-sponsored Shi’ite fighters have left Syria for Iraq. Diplomatic sources said more than 3,000 members of Iranian-financed Shi’ite militias have moved from Syria to Iraq to help stop the advance of Al Qaida’s […]

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Ross: Consider sending bunker-busters to Israel if Iran nuclear deal falls through

Dennis Ross.  /UPI

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has been urged to approve advanced munitions to Israel that could blow up Iranian nuclear weapons facilities. A former senior diplomat advised Congress to consider the sale of U.S. bunker-busters to Israel’s military. Dennis […]

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Boots on the ground: Iran sends IRGC troops to protect Baghdad

Iranian President Hassan Rowhani.  /Rex Features

Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Iran has sent troops to bolster the Shi’ite regime of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki. Iran pledged to defend the Al Maliki regime in an effort to head off an Al Qaida onslaught on […]

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