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Ship carrying 5,000 rifles seized en route from Turkey to Libya

The 'Haddad 1' freighter is moored at the port of Heraklion following an operation of the Greek coast guard on the island of Crete, Sept. 2.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The Greek Coast Guard seized a ship carrying an undeclared shipment of weapons en route from Turkey to Libya. Greek officials said the Bolivia-flagged freighter, MV Haddad-1, left the Turkish port of of Iskenderun with some 5,000 […]

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Europe hit by migrant flood of biblical proportions

Officials in Hungary and Austria say Germany triggered the crisis when it said last week that it would ease entry requirements for Syrian refugees.

Special to WorldTribune.com Europe has been flooded by over 350,000 Middle East migrants in 2015. “Since the beginning of the year 2,342 migrants have died in the Mediterranean, 2,326 in the Channel of Sicily,” said Federico Soda, director of the […]

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Obama’s friend, the Islamist Erdogan, has precipitated Turkey’s growing instability

Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan with President Barack Obama during a G20 summit in Pittsburgh, Sept, 25, 2009. / White House / Pete Souza

Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders Once NATO’s formidable eastern anchor, Turkey is increasingly becoming a major problem for Washington policymakers and a contributor to the Mideast chaos. The change is all the remarkable since at the outset of the […]

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Erdogan-tied newspaper hits ‘Jewish’ Murdoch for spreading Kurdish ‘propaganda’

Rupert Murdoch

Special to WorldTribune.com An Islamist newspaper tied to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused the Wall Street Journal and “Jewish businessman” owner Rupert Murdoch of spreading “propaganda” for the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK). Yeni Akit, which is closely aligned […]

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United States, Turkey complete plans for ‘comprehensive’ offensive against ISIL


Special to WorldTribune.com The United States and Turkey are set to engage in “comprehensive” air operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told Reuters on Aug. 24 that the air campaign will target […]

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U.S. military ‘outraged’ by Turkey’s attacks on Kurdish forces after anti-ISIL deal

U.S.-led coalition officers train Kurdish Peshmerga fighters.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Leaders within the United States military were said to be “outraged” when Turkey launched air strikes against Kurdish forces in northern Iraq only hours after Ankara reached a deal with the U.S. to allow use of a […]

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Secret Iran-Turkey collaboration produces ceasefire in Syria

Special to WorldTribune.com Iran and Turkey, who support opposing sides in the Syrian civil war, negotiated a 48-hour ceasefire on Aug. 12 after a month of behind-the-scenes negotiations. The ceasefire stopped fighting between Syrian insurgents, backed by Turkey, and Syria’s […]

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Kurdish leader: Turkey’s Erdogan ‘is protecting ISIL’, using safe zone to ‘stop the Kurds’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com An official with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) said that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has ordered attacks on the PKK to prevent the Kurds’ advances against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). “The Turkish claim […]

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Iran and Russia preparing peace plans for Syria, united fronts against ISIL

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif welcomes Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem in Teheran on Aug. 5.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Iranian leaders on August 5 offered to help mediate the conflict in Syria and said they would soon present a Syrian peace plan to the United Nations. “We will do everything […]

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Turkey’s strategic Incirlik air base joins the war targeting the Kurds, ISIL and Syria

A United States Air Force cargo plane maneuvers on the runway after it landed at the Incirlik Air Base, on the outskirts of the city of Adana, Turkey, July 31.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com A complex agreement reached by the Obama administration with Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan allows U.S. coalition and Turkish aircraft to launch hostilities from the Incirlik air base. U.S.-led coalition aircraft are arriving in Turkey in preparation […]

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