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CENTCOM deploys B-52 bombers against ISIL

U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress bombers from Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana, arrived at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, April 9, 2016 in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the operation against the Islamic State.  /Corey Hook/U.S. Air Force

Special to WorldTribune.com The United States has deployed B-52 bombers to join the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). In the first use of the Cold War-era bombers in the Middle East since the war in Afghanistan […]

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Al-Jazeera slashes 500 non-editorial jobs, but worldwide network intact

Al-Jazeera headquarters in Doha.

Special to WorldTribune.com Al-Jazeera announced on Mach 27 it was cutting 500 positions, most of them at its Doha headquarters. The Qatari state-funded broadcaster has slashed more than 20 percent of its global workforce this year. Earlier this year, Al-Jazeera […]

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Iranian official: Joining oil output freeze would be ‘illogical’

Iran's OPEC envoy Mehdi Asali.

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty A senior Iranian official is reported as saying it would be “illogical” for Tehran to join a proposed oil output freeze. Iranian newspaper Shargh quoted Iran’s OPEC envoy Mehdi Asali as […]

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By closing Al Jazeera America after spending $2 billion, Qatar lowers global profile


Special to WorldTribune.com Qatar’s decision to pull the plug on Al Jazeera America is seen as an indication of its new leader’s “more cautious” approach in the international arena. Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani shut down Al Jazeera America […]

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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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2015 GREATEST HITS, NO. 11: Hamas prepares to open international port with backing from Turkey, Qatar, Greece, EU


Special to WorldTribune.com GAZA CITY, Feb. 6, 2015 — Hamas is set to challenge Israel and open the Gaza Strip’s port to international traffic. Palestinian sources said Hamas was refurbishing the port south of Gaza City to receive foreign ships […]

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Middle East showdown as chess? Better to view it as poker

The most skillful bluffer will take the pot without even having to show his hand.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Norman Bailey The chaotic, not to say anarchic situation in much of the Middle East/North Africa (MENA) region is often compared in complexity to the game of chess. It is nothing like chess, which has set […]

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Qatar pledges huge investment in United States as part of Iran alliance

Doha, Qatar

Special to WorldTribune.com The Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) announced on Oct. 19 it would invest $35 billion in the United States by 2020. The QIA’s pledge comes as Qatar’s looks to bolster its strategic alliance with the United States after […]

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Sisi takes control, eclipses Obama, restores Egypt’s regional clout

Egyptian President President Abdul Fatah Sisi at the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Sol W. Sanders President Abdul Fatah Sisi is rapidly resuming Egypt’s role as leader of the Arab world, nosing out U.S. Mideast leadership under President Barrack Obama’s “leading from behind”. Initially snubbed by Obama after his military […]

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