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Gulf Arab states press Obama for security guarantees, war tech due to Iran deal

U.S. F-35.

Special to Leaders of the Gulf Arab states are seeking security and weapons technology agreements from the White House to preserve their military edge in the region as a major U.S. strategic agreement with Iran looms, the Wall Street […]

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Israel, Jordan sign historic water deal

The Dead Sea.

Special to Israel and Jordan on Feb. 26 signed a deal to provide drinking water to Jordan while helping revive the Dead Sea. The agreement calls for a pipeline between the Red Sea and the Dead Sea and a […]

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The under-reported stealth war on Mideast Christians


Special to By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The spate of brutal and systematic attacks on Christian communities in Syria, Iraq and Egypt by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has surged. Yet despite this targeted violence, […]

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Who is answering the global jihad threat to Christendom? Not the U.S. or its president

The Coptic Christians in advance of their execution by ISIL thugs.

Special to By Fred Fleitz Most of the world is still in shock over the recent execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya by ISIL Islamist terrorists. Coming on the heels of the immolation of Jordanian pilot Muath […]

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Israel: Beware the Ides of March


Special to By Norman Bailey It could be a turbulent month, as the showdown with Iran enters the endgame. March 2015 is looking like it is going to be a very “interesting” month. First Prime Minister Netanyahu will address […]

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Lacking a national strategy, suppose America retrenches


Special to by Harlan Ullman Critics accuse President Barack Obama of being a foreign policy minimalist seeking to do the least harm (or no stupid “stuff”) rather than by choosing more effective if riskier solutions. In fairness, the president […]

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Jordan resumes air strikes on ISIL with a vengeance: They made us ‘angry and united’

Jordan's Queen Rania in Amman on Feb. 6.:  "They're hoping to frighten Jordanians, but all they did is to make us angry and united and very determined to rid this world of this evil." / Reuters / Petra News Agency

Special to AMMAN — Jordan has reported renewed air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said the Royal Jordanian Air Force employed its F-16 multi-role fighters to attack ISIL positions in neighboring Syria. They said the […]

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Wary Gulf states see war on ISIL as U.S. collaboration with Iran

The UAE has halted combat air missions against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has ended its participation in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials acknowledged that Abu Dhabi halted combat air missions against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria […]

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U.S. plans sharp increase in military aid to Jordan for war on ISIL

King Abdullah met key U.S. officials in Washington on Feb. 2.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States plans to significantly increase military and other assistance to Jordan. The administration of President Barack Obama has released a proposed foreign aid budget that would grant $1 billion to the Hashemite kingdom […]

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Jordan set to be first nation to offer ISIL hostage swap

Jordanian pilot Lt. Muath Al Kaseasbeh, left, and Sajida Al Rishawi. / AP

Special to AMMAN — Jordan has become the first country to offer a prisoner exchange with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The Hashemite kingdom said it was ready to release a woman on death row for a Royal […]

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