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Attacks kill dozens in Damascus as Iran’s Zarif arrives to discuss peace plan with Assad

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, left, meets Hizbullah leader Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut, Lebanon, on Aug. 12. / Hizbullah Media via AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Heavy rebel shelling and government air strikes killed dozens in the Syrian capital just hours before Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived and met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Heavy […]

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UAE, Turkey, Lebanon stand to benefit from Iran’s economic turnaround after nuke deal

Teheran, Iran

Special to WorldTribune.com Business interests from UAE, Turkey and Lebanon could benefit greatly as Iran’s economy crawls out from under the heavy burden of international sanctions following the nuclear deal with Western powers. “Lebanon and the UAE would benefit from […]

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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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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’


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


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

Ras Baalbek

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

Rep. Mac Thornberry.

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’


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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