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ISIL-tied attack rips Shi’ite mosque in Kuwait, kills 25

A bloodied man walks outside the Imam Sadiq Mosque after a bombing attack on June 26.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com A group affiliated with Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) claimed responsibility for a bombing attack on a Shi’ite mosque in Kuwait on June 26 that left at least 25 people dead. Another 202 people were […]

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Potential Israeli dilemmas: one Saudi, one Chinese

Chinese dredging vessels at the disputed Mischief Reef.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey Recently the persistent rumors of informal talks between Israeli and Saudi officials were confirmed. Such meetings have been taking place for a long time and continue. Israel and Saudi Arabia, as well as some […]

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As Obama pledges ‘ironclad commitment’ to Gulf nations, Iran fires at another ship

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with GCC delegation at Camp David on May 14.  /AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Special to WorldTribune.com On the same day President Barack Obama promised Persian Gulf States leaders the U.S. would protect their security, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy again fired at a commercial ship. In a May 14 summit at Camp David […]

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

U.S. F-35.

Special to WorldTribune.com 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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Obama’s Iran doctrine a nightmare come true for U.S. friends

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Special to WorldTribune.com Charles Krauthammer In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: ● […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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Arab army chiefs reconvene on joint military force as Yemen crisis heats up

From left, Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi last month in Egypt. / Mohamed Samaaha / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com As U.S. warships monitored an Iran convoy suspected of carrying arms to the Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, the Gulf Arab state military chiefs were gathering in Cairo. The ostensible purpose of the meeting on April 22 […]

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Arab summit announces joint military for action in Libya, Yemen

Egypt's President al-Sisi welcomes Saudi King Salman for the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Arab leaders have agreed in principle to create a joint military force. Sisi said on March 29 that the force was needed because of the […]

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Kerry seeks to calm Saudis, Gulf leaders on imminent Iran deal

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied Gulf Arab leaders today on behalf of the Obama administration’s upcoming rapproachement with Iran. Subsequent statements by Saudi leaders indicated they remain skeptical of U.S. intentions and are concerned about […]

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Merkel government approves Arab arms exports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the late Saudi King Abdullah on May 25, 2010. / dpa

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has approved the delivery of combat platforms to Arab militaries. The Federal Security Council has endorsed a recommendation by the government to export a range of combat platforms and equipment to Egypt, Kuwait and […]

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