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British to establish permanent base near U.S. Fifth Fleet’s in Bahrain

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com Great Britain recently announced that it would re-establish a permanent military base in the Middle East. The site will be Port Mina Salman in Bahrain where the U.S. Fifth Fleet has its headquarters. […]

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As oil prices drop, so do Standard and Poor ratings for Gulf states

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Two Gulf Cooperation Council states have dropped in ratings by a leading U.S. agency. Standard and Poor’s lowered the outlook of Saudi Arabia from positive to stable amid the decline in crude oil prices and […]

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Bahrain blames Hizbullah for bombing that killed police officer

Police at crime scene of bombing attack that killed a police officer in Damistan, Bahrain on Dec. 8. / Hamad I Mohammed / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain, in a rare move, has blamed Iran’s leading proxy for a bombing that killed a police officer in the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom. The government has determined that Hizbullah was responsible for an […]

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Holiday cheer here, but gloom in Russia, as fuel prices dip and Obamacare Grinch lurks

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Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The precipitous fall in petroleum prices has brought an unexpected holiday season bonus to oil and gasoline consumers throughout North America. And it’s not a moment too soon that the […]

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Report: Arab states not buying U.S. idea that they would fight ISIL

The question of who will fight ISIL awaits an answer.

Special to WorldTribune.com AMMAN — Arab states were not expected to fight Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, a report said. The Al Quds Center for Political Studies asserted that Arab League members were unlikely to agree to form a […]

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Role of Gulf state pilots said marginal to ineffective in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Gulf Arab partners have conducted a tiny portion of air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners have conducted less than 15 percent of air strikes on ISIL in Iraq […]

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War Council: U.S. plots an expansion of the war on ISIL at ‘historic’ gathering

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Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States is working to expand coalition operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The military’s Central Command has launched a military planning conference to determine doctrine and methods to defeat ISIL in […]

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As U.S. shifts toward Iran, Bahrain turns to Russia for arms

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, is preparing for the delivery of Russian weapons. Bahrain began to examine a rapprochement with Russia in 2012 in wake of U.S. weapons sanctions over its […]

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ISIL Internet sites threaten American schools, teachers in Gulf

Twitter images uploaded by ISIL supporters.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has threatened the U.S. presence in the Gulf. The U.S. Navy said ISIL could attack Americans and Western facilities in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation […]

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Gulf states planning first major construction development since 2008

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council plans to launch an ambitious development plan, a report said. MEED Projects said that the six-member GCC would award $180 billion for construction in 2014. MEED said the development plan […]

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