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

FallOfRamadi

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

Erdogan and Obama

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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ISIL threatens ancient Roman World Heritage site at Palmyra, Syria

The ancient Roman city of Palmyra, northeast of Damascus, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has taken at least a third of the town near the Syrian historical city of Palmyra, according to reports by the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Losing Palmyra would […]

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U.S. forces seen as only answer after ISIL counters strike in Syria by taking Ramadi

Residents flee Ramadi as ISIL forces advance. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) responded decisively after losing a key leader in a raid last week by U.S. special forces in eastern Syria. ISIL forces took the key city Ramadi, Iraq during a […]

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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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ISIL raises flag in Ramadi after devastating overnight assault

ISIL flag in Ramadi, Iraq.

Special to WorldTribune.com Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) used a series of car bombs to attack the capital of Iraq’s Anbar Province in the early morning hours of May 15. When the smoke cleared, ISIL had raised its […]

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UN report: ISIL runs ‘slave bazaar’ in which girls are stripped and traded as livestock

“Women and girls are at risk and under assault at every point of their lives.”

Special to WorldTribune.com A United Nations report has revealed shocking details of the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL) brutality includes a “slave bazaar” in which young rape victims are stripped naked before being sold and traded like livestock. […]

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ISIL suicide fighters launch ‘fierce attack’ on Iraq’s largest oil refinery

Baiji refinery.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) militants launched fresh attacks on May 7 against government troops who are defending Iraq’s largest oil refinery. Iraqi military officials say government forces were […]

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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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Having slaughtered many, ISIL now finds its own numbers sharply depleted

Racqa

Special to WorldTribune.com Signs of strain are showing in the much-hyped Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) following its defeat by Kurdish fighters in Kobani near the Syrian border. In the so-called caliphate’s ostensible capital of Racqa, fighters are […]

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