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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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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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Reports: Israeli air strikes target Hizbullah rocket launchers in Syria

Israeli forces near  Syria in the Golan Heights. / Ariel Schalit / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Israeli security officials confirmed heightened tension on the Golan Heights border following Arab media reports of Israeli airstrikes that destroyed Hizbullah rocket launchers on April 26 in the Syrian mountains near Lebanon. Earlier reports said Israeli strikes […]

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Washington group slams N.Y. Times decision to publish Iran foreign minister’s ‘pure propaganda’

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Special to WorldTribune.com Following are excerpts from an April 21, 2015 statement by the Washington-based Endowment for Middle East Truth. Today, the Endowment for Middle East Truth (EMET) condemned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s column featured Monday in The […]

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Report: New ‘more intense war with Hizbullah could bring U.S. heat on Israel

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Israel and Hizbullah could be drawn into a regional war, despite efforts calm tensions, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy asserted that the current tit-for-tat attacks along Israel’s northern border could […]

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ISIL offensive in Bekaa Valley turns Christian village into ghost town

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Special to WorldTribune.com NICOSIA — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has targeted a key route to Lebanon. Officials said ISIL has recruited hundreds of fighters to control a key route from Syria to Lebanon. They said the effort included […]

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Congressman challenges Obama’s claim of success against ISIL

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Congress has become highly skeptical of any U.S.-backed solution to stabilize Iraq and Syria. A leading House member has dismissed a plan by President Barack Obama to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. House […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Report: Syria builds new nuke site near Lebanon with help from Iran, N. Korea

Before and after photos of nuclear facility in the northern province of Dir Al Zour in 2007. / Digital Globe

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Syria was said to have renewed efforts to produce nuclear weapons and maintains a secret facility near Lebanon. The German weekly Der Spiegel reported that President Bashar Assad has rebuilt Syria’s nuclear weapons infrastructure with […]

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2015: A third of Lebanon’s population are refugees; energy prices drop

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler Bennington, VT — It’s time once again to peer into the crystal snow-globe to try to decipher and predict what we may expect ahead in 2015. After a dangerously tumultuous past year, the […]

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