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Post-Gadhafi Libya now a jihadist springboard backed by Iran, Qatar, Sudan and Turkey

Rome now a target: Security forces have bee deployed at selected sites due to terror threats from ISIL. / Winston Ross / Newsweek

Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The consolidation of a self-proclaimed Caliphate in eastern Libya provides the jihadist camp with springboard into Africa and southern Europe. That strategic thrust, supported […]

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The Indian Ocean emerging as central nexus of 21st century geopolitics

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Dr. Assad Homayoun The Indian Ocean has already become the key focus of the global strategic and commercial contest for the 21st Century. The realization is slowly dawning in Europe and the Americas that this is […]

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Jihad leader, former University of South Florida professor, resettles in Turkey

Sami Al Arian.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — An Islamic Jihad leader has been deported from the United States to Turkey. Sami Al Arian was deported after a 12-year battle to remain in the United States. Al Arian, a former professor at the […]

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Another fracking casualty: Qatar cancels petrochem project

Ras Laffan Gas Terminal, Ad-Daẖirah, Al Khor, Qatar.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Qatar has canceled a major petrochemicals project. The state-owned Qatar Petroleum has canceled a project to develop a petrochemicals complex in Ras Laffan Industrial City. Qatar and its partner, Royal Dutch Shell, determined that […]

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Contrast: Putin backs existing Mideast balance of power as Obama boosts Iran’s ‘jihadist ascent’

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Yossef Bodansky, Senior Editor, Global Information System / Defense & Foreign Affairs The modern Arab State is gone, rejected by the vast majority of the populace. Libya, Iraq, Syria, and Lebanon are no more, and Jordan […]

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Qatar changes PR tactics, but not its strategy

Emir of Qatar, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, with President Obama at the White House.

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs, Doha and Cairo. There was speculation in late 2014 that Qatar had begun to take a new strategic line, mending relations with Egypt, and that this could also push Turkey toward improving its […]

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Gulf Arab oil states plan to slash energy investment

Qatar has already halted development of its North Field gas project, while parliament has blocked massive programs in Kuwait.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council is preparing to significantly reduce its energy investment for the rest of the decade. The Arab Petroleum Investment Corp. assessed that every GCC energy producer planned to slash investment in […]

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Libya battles Qatar-backed rival government for control of oil revenues

Two rival governments are competing for control of Libya's oil income. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Libya has launched a war for control over the vast oil revenues. One of Libya’s two governments said it would block payment of oil revenues through bank accounts in Tripoli. The recognized government led by […]

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Congress checks administration’s impact on Mideast balance of power after ISIL surge

Officials acknowledged that Baghdad was to have deployed the first of 36 F-16 Block 52+ multi-role fighters in areas captured by ISIL.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States could slow down approval of weapons sales to the Middle East due to tensions between the Obama administration and Congress. Officials said new legislation passed by Congress would require the administration of […]

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Darfour attacks continue as Sudan’s Bashir defeats arrest order Security Council failed to enforce

Sudan's President Omar Bashir. / Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The International Criminal Court, lacking cooperation by the United Nations, has shelved plans to prosecute Sudanese President Omar Bashir. ICC said the Security Council failed to pressure African and Middle East states to arrest Bashir, […]

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