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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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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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Iran’s Zarif conducts 1-day whistle stop tour of rattled Gulf states

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif.  /AP

Special to WorldTribune.com Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif went on a one-day, three-country Mideast tour on July 26 to defend a nuclear deal that many Arab countries are vehemently opposed to. Zarif’s charm offensive in the Gulf included stops […]

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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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