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Iran charges U.S. drone strike killed its advisers in Tikrit, Iraq

Mourners carry the flag-draped coffin of Ali Yazdani, a member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard on March 29. / Fars News Agency, Mohammad Reza Jofar

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Libertyf Tehran says a U.S. drone strike killed two Iranian advisers in Iraq last week, but the United States says it has only struck Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants […]

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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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Democrats face test on U.S. Mideast policy, and their actions will be recorded for posterity

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com By Adam Turner I don’t envy the position of sensible Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate these days. As Republican Sen. Ted Cruz said recently – the world is on fire – and President Obama and […]

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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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ISIL offensive stalls but it may succeed in breaking off a piece of Iraq

A Shi'ite military vehicle attacked by ISIL fighters burns in northern Tikrit on March 11. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Brian M Downing The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) offensive in Iraq of last June continues to cause alarm around the world, even though it stalled shortly thereafter. It has been unable to regain […]

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Intelligence split: DIA report kept Iran on terror threat list, DNI offered words of praise

U.S. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.

Special to WorldTribune.com The annual U.S. intelligence ‘Worldwide Threat Assessment’ not only left Iran off the list of terror threats but included words of praise for efforts to build partnerships with Sunni states to combat militant extremists. The report was […]

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ISIL said to be establishing a presence in Afghanistan

U.N. Special Representative to Afghanistan Nicholas Haysom in Kabul on Feb. 18. / Wakil Kohsar / Getty

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The top UN envoy in Afghanistan says recent reports indicate the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) extremist group has moved into Afghanistan. Nicholas Haysom was speaking to the UN […]

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Barbarians inside the gates at the cradle of civilization

Nimrud

Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The barbarians are inside the gates of Nimrud, the ancient Assyrian city in northern Iraq now being plundered, pillaged, and bulldozed by the forces of Islamic State of Iraq and […]

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Winning ‘hybrid wars’: U.S. civilian sector could best answer Putin-Lenin-ISIL style threats

'Man at the Crossroads': Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City glorifies Vladimir Lenin.

Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman It is seductive to conclude that “hybrid war” is a creature of the 21st century in which technology now offers an alternative and indeed reinforcement to the blunter use of military force. Based on […]

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Key air base with U.S. Marines was briefly penetrated by ISIL forces in Iraqi uniforms

The Assad Air Base, 8 km. from Al Baghdadi.

Special to WorldTribune.com Despite tasting “bitter defeat”, fighters from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant continue to mount attacks near the strategic Assad air base in the Iraqi province of Anbar where U.S. Marines are training members of the Iraqi […]

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