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Rogue general has formed powerful military in Libya with Gulf funding

Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hafter.  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com CAIRO — A rogue general has succeeded in reshaping Libya’s military.   Libyan sources said Maj. Gen. Khalifa Hafter has amassed a force of 70,000 in the war against Al Qaida-aligned rebels. They said Hafter has […]

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Shell is fourth Western major to pull out from Saudi gas project

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Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — A Western energy major has ended a natural gas project in Saudi Arabia. Royal Dutch Shell said it was withdrawing from the Saudi gas project in Kidan, located in the so-called Empty Quarter. Shell, the […]

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Report: Contractor kept security clearance for decade despite funding to Hamas, CAIR

Rahim Sabadia

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — A U.S. defense contractor has been linked to Hamas and the Saudi-aligned Islamist lobby, a report said. The Middle East Forum asserted that Rahim Sabadia maintained a brisk defense trade as he financed Hamas and […]

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5 Saudis killed after Al Qaida seizes Border Guards’ vehicle near Yemen

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has reported a major attack from its southern border with Yemen. The Saudi Interior Ministry said at least five members of the Border Guards, one of them a senior officer, were killed […]

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Report: Saudi deploys 30,000 troops to border with Iraq

Maj. Gen. Mansour Al Turki

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has deployed 30,000 troops to the Iraqi border. A Saudi-owned satellite channel said the Saudi military deployed 30,000 soldiers to the Iraqi border. Al Arabiya television said the Saudi deployment came after […]

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Saudi king sacks defense chief for second time in two months

Saudi Prince Bandar

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Amid an upsurge in regional turmoil centering on Iraq and Syria, Saudi King Abdullah has again fired his de facto defense chief. On June 28, Abdullah issued a decree that dismissed Deputy Defense Minister […]

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Saudis say Iraq border secure as ISIL reportedly seize outpost

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Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant has tried to capture Iraq’s frontier with Saudi Arabia. Iraqi sources said ISIL fighters advanced on the southern border point of Arar along the Saudi frontier. They […]

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Saudi King’s daughters have Internet connection but are short on food, water, meds

Saudi Princesses

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The imprisoned daughters of Saudi King Abdullah said they are being starved to death. Two of Abdullah’s daughters, Sahar and Jawaher, appealed to the international community for their immediate release after more than a decade […]

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Saudi princes go public on twitter over succession anxiety

Saudi King Abdullah

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Saudi royal family is torn by increasing tension over the prospect of succession. Arab diplomatic sources said dissension within the family’s 6,000 princes has reached a fever pitch as King Abdullah, believed to […]

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Chinese demand drives spike in Saudi oil exports

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has increased crude oil exports in 2014. A Saudi analyst said the Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom exported 1.17 billion barrels of oil during the first five months of this year. The analyst, […]

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