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Qatar and Turkey — backers of Muslim Brotherhood — formalize strategic ties

Qatari Emir Tamim meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha on Sept. 15.  /AA photo

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar and Turkey, the two leading supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, have formed a strategic alliance. Qatar and Turkey agreed to establish a strategic cooperation council that would enhance coordination in the Middle East. […]

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Libya threatens to ‘sever relations’ with Qatar over arms delivery to Islamist rebels

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Qatar has sent weapons to Islamist rebels in Libya. Officials said Qatar sent three military air transports to an airport near the Libyan capital of Tripoli. They said the weapons were unloaded by a major […]

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South Korea, Vietnam turn to Israel for battle-tested weapons

South Korea’s Israeli-made Spike NLOS missiles were seen during events to mark the 65th anniversary of Armed Forces Day in Seongnam.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com The tiny state of Israel with a population of 8 million crammed into an area smaller than New Jersey, is the world’s 6th largest arms exporter, with some of its weapons reigning at the top […]

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Israelis warned on foreign travel amid rising anti-Semitism, Hizbullah plots

Flowers are left outside the Jewish Museum in Brussels in tribute to those killed in a May terrorist attack.

Special to WorldTribune.com JERUSALEM — Israel has warned its citizens of the prospect of attacks abroad. The National Security Council has issued a travel warning that raised the prospect of attacks in Asia, Europe and the Middle East in wake […]

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UN force flees to Israel from Golan Heights post in Syria

A convoy of United Nations Disengagement Observer Force vehicles is seen as it leaves the Syrian side of the Golan Heights into Israel on Sept. 15.  /AFP/Jalaa Marey

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Nations has ordered peace-keepers to leave Syria for Israel. The United Nations Disengagement Observer Force abandoned its positions in Syria’s Golan Heights. Officials said hundreds of UNDOF personnel left Syria for Israel in […]

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France begins air recon missions in allied war against ISIL

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — France has begun conducting air operations over Iraq. Officials said the French Air Force carried out its first reconnaissance operations over northern Iraq. They said the missions began on Sept. 15 in support of […]

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Saudi expands India cooperation with refinery contract

Saudi Aramco's Abqaiq Plant in Shaybah.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has approved an energy contract with India. Saudi Aramco awarded a $54 million contract to India’s Essar Projects for the modernization of a refinery. The maiden contract, meant to focus on engineering, […]

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Forced landing of U.S. F-15 hit by ISIL fire spotlights Turkey’s neutrality in new war


Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey has been quietly helping in the U.S. war against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant but unlike other NATO partners is trying maintain its neutrality. Officials said President Recep Erdogan has approved a […]

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Qatar bows to heavy pressure from Arab neighbors against Muslim Brotherhood

Cleric Wagdi Ghaneim was among the Muslim Brotherhood members told to leave Qatar.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Qatar, under heavy pressure from Arab states, has demanded the departure of seven leading members of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood. Brotherhood sources said the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate has informed seven MB operatives that they […]

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Intel: Hizbullah built arsenal of 5,000 long-range rockets from Iran

Fatah-110 rocket.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Israel’s intelligence community has determined that the Iranian-sponsored Hizbullah built a huge long-range rocket arsenal. The intelligence community has assessed that Hizbullah was focusing on the procurement of rockets with a range of […]

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