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Top ISIL leader in Sinai dies in shootout with Egyptian forces

Egyptian soldiers in North Sinai.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Egyptian security forces killed a top leader of the affiliate of Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) during a shootout in North Sinai on Aug. 1. An Egyptian army spokesman said Selim Suleiman al-Haram, identified as […]

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In wake of Iran deal, Saudi Arabia and Egypt sign ‘Cairo Declaration’ for joint Arab military force

Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi (R) speaking with Saudi Deputy Crown Prince and Minister of Defense Mohammed Bin Salman during a military academy graduation ceremony in the Egyptian capital, Cairo. (AFP Photo/Ahmed Fuad/HO/ Egyptian Presidency

Special to WorldTribune.com On the heels of the Iran nuclear agreement, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have signed a pact to boost military and economic ties and also will collaborate on a joint Arab military force. Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi […]

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Momentum in Yemen war shifts in Saudis’ favor

A Saudi military plane carrying relief aid parks on the tarmac at Aden's international airport in Aden on July 22.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com The Saudi-led coalition has taken back the key southern port city of Aden in what they said marked a seismic shift in Yemen’s four-month-old civil war. Losing Aden was seen as a crushing defeat for the Houthi […]

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Downfall of the ayatollahs: Strategic hope for the future, Persia-centric Middle East

Iran protester in Teheran on June 13, 2009. / Olivier Laban-Mattei / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, and Dr. Assad Homayoun GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs I’ve reached the end of this great history And all the land will talk of me: I shall not die, these seeds I’ve sown will […]

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Saudi-backed forces make gains in Yemen after ‘liberation’ of Aden

Yemeni militiamen celebrate after the "liberation" of Aden.  /AFP/Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com After declaring the key southern port city of Aden “liberated,” militias loyal to Yemen’s leaders in exile and the Saudi-led coalition continued to make gains against Iran-backed Houthi rebels. Officials say the Shi’ite Houthis were driven out […]

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Ex-Saudi spy chief: Nuke deal will ‘wreak havoc'; Arabs lose faith in ‘oldest and most powerful ally’

Saudi Prince Bandar

Special to WorldTribune.com Arabs will continue to turn away from the United States after a nuclear deal with Iran that will “wreak havoc in the region,” Saudi Arabia’s former head of intelligence said. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, writing in Lebanon’s […]

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Saudis answer Obama’s post-Iran deal plea on Yemen with air strikes against Houthis

A view of the international airport of Yemen's southern port city of Aden after Southern Resistance fighters took it from Houthi fighters, July 14.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Despite a plea from U.S. President Barack Obama to end hostilities in Yemen, Saudi-led warplanes carried out several attacks on Houthi rebel positions and loyalists of exiled president Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi seized more ground in Aden. […]

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Game changer? How the Iran deal could shake up the global chessboard

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Special to WorldTribune.com By Carl Schreck and Golnaz Esfandiari, Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty The historic deal between Iran and world powers reportedly reached on July 14 in Vienna has paved the way for international sanctions against Tehran to […]

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Iran celebrates lifting of some sanctions in advance of nuclear deal

Saudi oil output in June was up 2.2 percent from May.

Special to WorldTribune.com As Iran’s state-owned PressTV reported that the lifting of international sanctions against Teheran has already begun, Saudi Arabia announced it had produced 10.56 million barrels of oil per day in June, its highest level of production in […]

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Saudi claims successes against Iran’s ‘trouble-making’ in Middle East

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir

Special to WorldTribune.com Saudi Arabia will not hesitate to confront Iran’s “trouble-making” in the region, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said. At a news conference in Amman, Jordan on July 9, Jubeir said the Saudis were “determined that Iran should […]

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