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Bahrain warms to Israel: Iran ‘our biggest problem’

Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Gulf states are looking to improve relations with Israel while sending a message to Iran that it is “our biggest problem,” Bahrain’s foreign minister said. Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa said several Gulf states decided to cut […]

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U.S. Fifth Fleet leads major anti-mines exercise near Strait of Hormuz

Sailors prep an underwater drone. /U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Joshua Bryce Bruns

Special to WorldTribune.com The U.S. Navy has introduced new technology to the world’s largest maritime exercise. Underwater drones and the expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Choctaw County will be included for the first time in the International Mine Countermeasures Exercise […]

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Brussels attacks spark self-criticism in Arab media

Belgian flags seen at a street memorial service in Brussels.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com While the usual blame-Israel responses cropped up in some Mideast media circles following the Brussels terrorist attacks, a new and noteworthy trend was seen in Arab media. Several media outlets put the blame squarely on Muslim and […]

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U.S. provides logistical support to French carrier in Gulf

The French Navy's Charles De Gaulle aircraft carrier.  /AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States is providing critical support for France’s aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy’s 5th Fleet, based in Bahrain, resupplied France’s Charles De Gaulle carrier, which began operations in the Gulf last month […]

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Unprecedented U.S. Mideast strategy is ad hoc, disregards existing frameworks

President Obama got a mixed reception when he spoke last year at the African Union.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Senior-level sources in numerous Middle Eastern governments have privately expressed bewilderment at recent and current U.S. government strategies and policies toward the region. But a closer examination of […]

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Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir speaks to reporters following a GCC extraordinary session.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The Sunni Arab monarchies of the Persian Gulf have expressed support for Saudi Arabia in its diplomatic row with Iran, condemning what they described as Iranian interference in Riyadh’s internal affairs. […]

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Gulf states helping secure Saudi border with Yemen

F-16 fighter jet has crashed onear border region Jizan while its pilot survived. (Photo supplied to Al Arabiya News Channel

Special to WorldTribune.com Some 1,000 troops from Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have been deployed to Saudi Arabia. The troops, mostly from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, were sent to Saudi’s southern border with Yemen for a border security […]

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UAE, Bahrain, Sudan join Saudi in curbing ties to Iran

Smoke rises as Iranian protesters set fire to the Saudi embassy in Teheran on Jan. 3.

Special to WorldTribune.com Bahrain and Sudan on Jan. 4 followed Saudi Arabia’s lead in cutting diplomatic ties with Iran. United Arab Emirates said it would also downgrade its ties to Teheran. The escalating tensions between Saudi and Iran came after […]

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Arabs aren’t fighting ISIL and here’s why

Emirati pilots at an air base in Jordan.

Special to WorldTribune.com Arab states are mostly “laying low” in the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) for a few main reasons, analysts say. While several states are part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels […]

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Why the rich Gulf states won’t take refugees

Gulf states have taken in thousands fleeing Syria's war, just not as refugees.

Special to WorldTribune.com Concerned they will be overwhelmed by the social and political impact of a huge influx of refugees, wealthy Gulf states are highly unlikely to change their practice of keeping asylum seekers out. The UN convention on refugees, […]

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