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A dangerously tangled geostrategic dilemma in Mideast calls for a U.S. strategy

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Special to WorldTribune.com by Harlan Ullman Just when events in the Middle East could not seem to be more complicated, this web of intrigue and danger has become even more complex and intertwined. People following these events are well aware […]

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Iranian warships reach Yemen as Saudis first suspend, and then continue air strikes

The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt is en route to the Gulf of Aden. / U.S. Navy

Special to WorldTribune.com Only hours after Saudi Arabia announced the conclusion of a month of daily air strikes against Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen, new strikes hit targets in Taiz, Yemen as a convoy of Iranian warship arrived in the […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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Arab army chiefs reconvene on joint military force as Yemen crisis heats up

From left, Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, Kuwait Emir Sheikh Sabah al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and Yemeni President Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi last month in Egypt. / Mohamed Samaaha / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com As U.S. warships monitored an Iran convoy suspected of carrying arms to the Shi’ite Houthi militia in Yemen, the Gulf Arab state military chiefs were gathering in Cairo. The ostensible purpose of the meeting on April 22 […]

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Hello: Iran — with North Korea — already has nukes and missiles, and is on the move

Iranian President Hasan Rouhani, center, and North Korea's Kim Yong Nam, right, in Iran last August. / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs The Iran “nuclear” deal does not stop Iran gaining nuclear weapons. But it does have unintended consequences of global significance. Much hand-wringing by international commentators accompanied the revelation that a deal had been […]

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Saudis reject talk of Yemen ceasefire as evidence cited Iran is backing insurgency

A girl runs for shelter during an air strike in Sanaa, Yemen on April 8. / Khaled Abdullah Ali / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com The coalition air strikes led by Saudi Arabia with U.S. assistance continued on April 12 with no indication a diplomatic settlement was near. “How can Iran call for us to stop the fighting in Yemen?” Saudi Foreign […]

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Tipping point: Iran takes lead in bitter struggle with Saudi Arabia

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Special to WorldTribune.com Fariborz Saremi The current dramatic events in the Middle East are largely the continuing story of rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran. This strategic game of push and shove has now been going for decades. On the […]

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U.S. calls out Iran on takeover of Yemen: ‘Every single week there are flights from Iran’

A direct flight from Tehran arrived on March 1 to Yemeni capital Sanaa, for the first time since 1990.

Special to WorldTribune.com As tension continue over the interpretation of the Iran nuclear “framework” agreement, the Obama administration has for the first time officially challenged the Iran regime over its takeover of Yemen using its proxy, the Shi’ite Houti militia. […]

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U.S. expands military involvement in Yemen’s proxy war between Iran, Saudis

Yemenis search in the rubble of houses destroyed by Saudi-led airstrikes in a village near Sanaa, Yemen, on April 4. / Hani Mohammed / AP

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — U.S. military officials said the Pentagon has expanded weapons shipments to the Saudi-led Arab coalition now conducting an air campaign against Iran-backed Shiite Houthi rebels in Yemen. By taking an active interest, the United States […]

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Wars galore: Russia joins Red Cross in appeal for pause in Yemen fighting

Air strikes continued in Yemen against Houthi strongholds.

Special to WorldTribune.com UNITED NATIONS — President Barack Obama said in early 2013 at his second inauguration that “a decade of war is now ending.” Two years later, Russia has just endorsed a Red Cross appeal for a “humanitarian pause” […]

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