Qatar warns blockade of Gaza could spur ISIL recruitment

Qatar warns blockade of Gaza could spur ISIL recruitment

by WorldTribune Staff, November 28, 2016 Israel’s naval blockade and internal tension between Palestinian factions could make the Gaza Strip an easy “launching pad” for recruiters from Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), a Qatari official said. Foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said in an interview in Doha on Nov. 27 that […]

Qatar court convicts, deports Dutch woman who was raped

Qatar court convicts, deports Dutch woman who was raped

by WorldTribune Staff, June 14, 2016 A Dutch woman who told Qatari police she was raped has been convicted and deported for having sex outside marriage. The 22-year-old received a suspended sentence and was fined $824. Court officials said the woman would be deported once the fine was paid. According to a BBC report, the […]

Report: Small arms imports by Middle East nations increased 84 percent in one year

Report: Small arms imports by Middle East nations increased 84 percent in one year

by WorldTribune Staff, June 13, 2016 Small arms imports by Middle East nations surged by 84 percent between 2012 and 2013, according to a new survey. The UAE and Saudi Arabia accounted for the largest budget increases, with Saudi tripling its import of small arms from $54 million in 2012 to $161 million a year […]

58 percent of Qatar’s population are migrant workers living in ‘labor camps’

58 percent of Qatar’s population are migrant workers living in ‘labor camps’

by WorldTribune Staff, June 7, 2016 The huge migrant workforce in Qatar has swelled to 1.4 million, making up 58 percent of the country’s population. The overwhelming majority of foreign workers – 1.34 million – are male and live in what the government calls “labor camps”, according to census figures released on June 5 by […]

CENTCOM deploys B-52 bombers against ISIL

CENTCOM deploys B-52 bombers against ISIL

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 in 2006, the U.S. Air Force said the B-52 Stratofortress aircraft arrived in Qatar on […]

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

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

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 cut 700 jobs when it closed Al-Jazeera America. The network said Al-Jazeera English would remain […]

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

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

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 saying Tehran would continue to increase oil production until it reaches presanction levels. The comments […]

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

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 after Qatar pumped some $2 billion into a U.S. network that had abysmal ratings since […]

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

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

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 U.S. policies, now almost entirely dictated by the Obama White House, shows no cohesive national […]

Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

Gulf States jointly condemn ‘Iranian interference’ in Saudi affairs

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. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia accused Iran of sponsoring terrorism and warned that the kingdom was considering […]