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U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’ »

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant was building an infrastructure in the West. Officials said ISIL was establishing sleeper cells…

Obama blocked arms deliveries to Israel, ordered no shipments be made without his approval »

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has ordered his administration not to approve U.S. weapons deliveries to Israel. Officials said the White House ordered the State Department and Defense Department to…

Who armed ISIL? Former Soviet bloc nations aided by Turkey, sources say »

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Special to WorldTribune.com MOSCOW — Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has received weapons shipments from the former East Bloc. Diplomatic sources said ISIL has been ordering anti-tank weapons, rockets, mortars, body…

World shrugs as ISIL targets Christians, Mideast returns to Middle Ages »

An Iraqi family driven from Mosul wait to enter a temporary displacement camp on July 3 in Khazair, Iraq.  /Spencer Platt/Getty Images

PARIS — The headlines seem from another era, if not century; that of Christian persecution by militant Islam in the Middle East. Yet the modern political responses to this age-old conflict appear ambivalent…

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Iraqi Army tries, and fails in third bid to re-take Tikrit from ISIL »

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — The Iraq Army has launched a third campaign to capture a key northern city.…

China media’s tribute to Xi’s ‘double-fisted’ foreign policy counters critics at home, SE Asia »

A screen at a Beijing junction shows a speech by Xi Jinping.  /Wang Wei/EPA

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A People’s Daily commentary on the one-and-half-year rule of President Xi Jinping has thus…

Israeli intel reports major coup plot by Hamas against Palestinian Authority »

Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas.  /Issam Rimawi/Flash90

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel’s intelligence community has disclosed a Hamas plot against the Palestinian Authority. The Israel…

China non-combat personnel includes high-profile mistress-generals »

People's Liberation Army soldiers perform a musical drama as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in August 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com China has the world’s largest military force in terms of total number of personnel. However,…

Saudi dissident: Royal family members were paid millions for family intel »

Mohammed Bin Zayed is said to have bought control of Saudi intelligence.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The Saudi royal family is said to have been engaged in regional bribery. A…

U.S. intel on ISIL’s confident terror plans for West: ‘What they have is momentum’ »

ISIL fighters in Raqqa, Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The U.S. intelligence community has determined that Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant…

Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative »

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters…

Egypt’s Sisi calls on Congress to renew military aid, faults West for Libya’s collapse »

Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi meets with U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has urged the United States to support the Arab state’s counter-insurgency campaign. Egyptian…

Israel’s military fast-tracking tunnel-detection tech

Web posts update missile fizzle censored by Chinese media

Russia’s navy is making waves in France »

ST. NAZAIRE, France — Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West over the future sovereignty of Ukraine, there’s a lucrative business deal unfolding in the French Atlantic port of […]…

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

Obama is reversing Reagan’s Cold War victory, inviting new hot wars »

Jeffrey T. Kuhner President Obama is on the verge of an historic triumph. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall, the American Left has been bitter about America’s victory in the Cold War. For decades, they preached moral equivalence between […]…

Speaking at Berlin's Brandenberg Gate in October 1987, President Ronald Reagan called for Soviet leader Gorbachev to "tear down this wall."

As Pope Francis beatifies Korea’s martyrs will he acknowledge silenced Christians up North? »

By Donald Kirk, East-Asia-Intel.com The visit of Pope Francis to Korea coincides with the 69th anniversary tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 15, of the Japanese surrender at the end of World War II. The eyes of the world will be on the […]…

Pope Francis with South Korean President Park Geun-hye, second from right, at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, South Korea.  /AP/Ahn Young-joon

Some advice for poor Hillary, whose poll numbers are headed South »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Grace Vuoto The summer of 2014 has been difficult for the 2016 Democratic presidential frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In just a few months, she is losing her commanding lead over the possible Republican […]…

Hillary Clinton “does well to be seen but not really heard.”

Welcome to Soviet America! (Was my 1975 1-act play prophetic?) »

Lev Navrozov “Lev, this is Julie. Do you remember me?” The voice on the phone sounded familiar. She went on: “Almost forty years ago, I believe the year was 1975, I went to see your play ‘Welcome to Soviet America!’ […]…

Life and Look magazines herald the 50th Anniver­sary of the USSR, 1967.

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A screen at a Beijing junction shows a speech by Xi Jinping.  /Wang Wei/EPA

China media’s tribute to Xi’s ‘double-fisted’ foreign policy counters critics at home, SE Asia »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Willy Lam, East-Asia-Intel.com A People’s Daily commentary on the one-and-half-year rule of President Xi Jinping has thus characterized the Chinese strongman’s unique approach to foreign policy: alternatively using…

China non-combat personnel includes high-profile mistress-generals »

People's Liberation Army soldiers perform a musical drama as part of celebrations for the 60th anniversary of the founding of Communist China in August 2013.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com East-Asia-Intel.com China has the world’s largest military force in terms of total number of personnel. However, the PLA also…

Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative »

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a…

Report: Kim Jong-Un increasingly estranged from key sectors of ruling elite »

North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un visits the construction site of what was said to be a resort for scientists in Pyongyang.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Lee Jong-Heon, East-Asia-Intel.com SEOUL — North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un is at odds with Pyongyang’s ruling elite, according to media…

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ISIL recruitment drive ‘very worrisome’ to North African governments »

ISIL leader Abu Bakr Al Baghdadi

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, with control over large parts of Iraq and Syria, has set…

Russia’s navy is making waves in France »

French Mistral-class helicopter carrier.

ST. NAZAIRE, France — Far from the sputtering conflict, the war of words, and the diplomatic jousting between Russia and the West…

Russian Il-38 anti-submarine aircraft.

Moscow diverts attention from downed airliner with U.S. sub narrative »

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com One day after the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Ukraine, Russia jet fighters aggressively confronted a U.S. surveillance plane in international airspace and chased…

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