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Reports: ISIL has massacred 400 after seizing Palmyra, Syria

Roman ruins in historic Palyrma, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com Since capturing the ancient Syrian city of Palmyra, Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) has executed more than 400 people, mostly women and children, according to reports. “The terrorists have killed more than 400 people … […]

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Ashton Carter: Iraqi Forces ‘vastly outnumbered ISIL invaders but ‘failed to fight’

Iraqi troops fire toward ISIL positions in Anbar province on May 19. / Ahmad al-Rubaye / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said that Iraqi forces “failed to fight” in Ramadi, which has fallen to Islamic State militants, and said the troops lacked the will to defend […]

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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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India, South Korea and U.S. find themselves on same side in the Great Game for Asia

U.S. Sec. of State John Kerry arrives in Seoul.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com Two very different visitors crossed paths in Seoul this week. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi bumped into each other after calling on President Park Geun-Hye at […]

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Obama: Climate change contributed to terror groups’ rise

President Barack Obama arrives to deliver the keynote address during the 134th Commencement Exercises of the Coast Guard Academy on May 20.  /AFP/Nicholas Kamm

Special to WorldTribune.com As Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) turned up the heat, seizing Ramadi, Iraq and Palmyra, Syria in less than a week, President Barack Obama declined to threaten U.S. intervention. Instead he suggested that it is […]

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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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Iraqis again abandon major U.S. weapons platforms fleeing Ramadi

ISIL militants in Iraq. /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com The Iraqi military abandoned more that 100 vehicles and weapons systems as it fled Ramadi, including several U.S.-origin platforms. Keeping the military vehicles out of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant’s (ISIL’s) hands is vital, Pentagon spokesman […]

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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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Pentagon intelligence report warning of Benghazi attack was circulating on day it happened

U.S. diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012. / Esam Omran Al-Fetori / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Rowan Scarborough, Washington Times At the very time President Obama, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and other top leaders were blaming spontaneous protests for the deadly Benghazi attack, the Defense Department broadly circulated a detailed […]

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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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