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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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Bahrain accuses Qatar buying loyalty of Sunni tribes

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain has declared an alert amid tension in the Gulf. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom has placed its military and security forces on alert amid concern of renewed Sunni unrest. The threat was said […]

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Egypt chooses Gulf state firms for $4 billion Suez expansion

Egypt is eyeing a 2016 completion date for its expansion of the Suez Cana.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has awarded contracts to Gulf Arab companies for the expansion of the Suez Canal. The Cairo government has awarded major contracts for the construction of a parallel canal in Suez to companies from several […]

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Bahrainis warns parents: Al Qaida recruiting youths in mosques, gyms and ‘no one is returning’

Bahraini parliamentarian Abdul Halim Al Murad

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain lawmakers have issued an alert about the work of Al Qaida recruiters for the war in Iraq and Syria. Officials said Al Qaida networks were offering young Muslims salaries and other benefits to […]

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Bahrain expels U.S. diplomat for meeting with Iran-backed opposition

U.S. Assistant Secretary
of State Tomasz Malinowski

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain, after years of warnings, has expelled a leading U.S. diplomat for links with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite opposition. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom declared U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tomasz Malinowski persona non grata. […]

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Iran threat has led Bahrain to double its defense budget

Bahraini defense spending topped $1.2 billion in 2013.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain has more than doubled its defense budget. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom increased its defense budget by 110 percent since 2004. In 2013, Manama’s military spending, fueled by the threat from neighboring Iran, […]

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Bahrain upgrades security against growing IED threat

Maj. Gen. Tariq Al Hassan.  /Reuters/Hamad I. Mohammed

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Bahrain, faced with repeated Shi’ite bombings, has reported a security upgrade. Officials said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom introduced measures and equipment to enhance security. The officials said Bahrain’s security forces were confronting a […]

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In first, Egypt joins Gulf states’ military exercise in Bahrain

The GCC's Basic Connectivity Exercise began in Bahrain on April 27.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Egypt has participated in its first Gulf Cooperation Council exercise. Officials said Egypt has contributed personnel and equipment for the so-called Basic Connectivity Exercise. The exercise began on April 27 in Bahrain. “The exercise […]

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Bahrain king advocates NATO model to counter Iran threat

Bahrain's King Hamad

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has been urged to followvNATO in strategic planning and cooperation. A leading GCC official urged the six Gulf Arab members to study the NATOvmodel in an effort to enhance capabilities […]

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State Dept. hits U.S. ambassador in Bahrain with close ties to Fifth Fleet

Thomas Krajeski

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — In an unusual move, the State Department has criticized the conduct of the U.S. ambassador to Bahrain. The State Department’s inspector-general has concluded that ambassador Thomas Krajeski failed to improve U.S. relations with Bahrain. In […]

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