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Obama’s allies in the Middle East are America’s enemies


Special to By Alexander Maistrovoy During a recent visit to Cairo, Vladimir Putin was received with imperial honors. The streets of Cairo were decorated by giant portraits of the Russian ruler. Egyptian jets accompanied the Putin’s aircraft in the […]

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Merkel government approves Arab arms exports

German Chancellor Angela Merkel with the late Saudi King Abdullah on May 25, 2010. / dpa

Special to LONDON — Germany has approved the delivery of combat platforms to Arab militaries. The Federal Security Council has endorsed a recommendation by the government to export a range of combat platforms and equipment to Egypt, Kuwait and […]

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

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Special to 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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Concerned about Saudi military ties, U.S. focuses on inexperienced prince with huge defense budget

Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman is the son of new King Salman.

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States is trying to determine whether military cooperation with Saudi Arabia will change under King Salman, a report said. The Brookings Doha Center asserted that the rise of King Salman has raised the […]

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Top U.S.-backed militia switches allegiance to Saudi-sponsored rebels

Special to NICOSIA — The leading Syrian rebel militia appears to have left sponsorship by the United States for Saudi Arabia. The Hazem Movement has joined an alliance of Sunni rebels backed by Saudi Arabia, Middle East Newsline reported. […]

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As Saudis rethink the Muslim Brotherhood, Israel takes note

King Salman, 80.

Special to By Brian M Downing The death of King Abdullah on Jan. 23 of this year, and the accession of his brother Salman, raises the question of what this portends for the Kingdom and the region. Will he […]

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New Saudi king opens door to reconciliation with Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi royal guards on Jan. 23 at the succession of King Salman upon the death of King Abdullah.

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia and Hamas have been considering a reconciliation. Arab diplomatic sources said the Saudi leadership has renewed contact with the Hamas leadership, Middle East Newsline reported. They said King Salman, who ascended to […]

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ISIL tied to second attack on U.S. defense contractors in Saudi Arabia

The company's statement confirmed the shooting but gave no details of the attack.

Special to ABU DHABI — U.S. private security contractors have again been attacked in Saudi Arabia. A leading U.S. contractor said two of its employees were shot and injured in the Ahsa province of Saudi Arabia on Jan. 30. […]

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American contractor texted friends hours before death in Saudi Arabia

U.S. defense contract official Chris Cramer days before his death outside his hotel in Tabuk, Saudi Arabia. / Fox News

Special to WASHINGTON — A representative of an Israeli defense major has been killed in Saudi Arabia. The representative, identified as Christopher Cramer, was found dead outside his hotel in the Saudi port of Tabouk on Jan. 30. The […]

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Saudi shakeup: New king purges Abdullah’s sons from key security posts

Former National Security Adviser Prince Bandar Bin Sultan, left, and new King Salman.

Special to ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia’s new king has launched a purge of the sons of his predecessor. Saudi King Salman has reshuffled the Cabinet and government in what appeared to be directed against his late brother. On […]

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