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United Arab Emirates sets sights on a mission to Mars


Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has signed an accord to send the first Arab spacecraft to Mars. The UAE Space Agency and the Emirates Institute for Advanced Science and Technology inked a seven-year accord to […]

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Peace now? UAE orders $2.5 billion worth of armored vehicles from U.S.

U.S. Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has requested a huge amount of advanced armored personnel carriers from the United States as security threats in the Gulf region intensify with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq […]

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Egypt gets ‘appropriate’ price for 65 percent of its fuel from UAE

UAE tanker

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has signed an agreement that makes it dependent on fuel from the United Arab Emirates. The UAE has been deemed a leading ally of Egypt and over the last year relayed more than $5 […]

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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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U.S. confirms Egypt, UAE carried out air strikes on Libyan militias

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.  /AFP/Paul J. Richards

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has identified the United Arab Emirates as being behind air strikes on Libya. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama determined that the UAE Air Force operated fighter-jets in attacks on […]

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Libyan jihadists complain Egypt’s F-16s backing Gen. Haftar campaign

A plane engulfed in flames at Tripoli International Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya. Anti-government militias operating in Tripoli said they have come under attack from aircraft sent by Egypt and […]

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Saudi dissident: Royal family members were paid millions for family intel

Mohammed Bin Zayed is said to have bought control of Saudi intelligence.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The Saudi royal family is said to have been engaged in regional bribery. A leading anonymous Saudi dissident, known only as Mujtahidd, asserted that senior Saudi officials as well as royal family members were receiving […]

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S. Korean firm wins $2 billion contract for UAE offshore oil development


Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has progressed in development of an offshore crude oil field. The UAE project called for the second phase of development of the Nasser field off the coast of Abu Dhabi. […]

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UAE institutes military draft as Iran’s shadow grows

Troops from the United Arab Emirates Ground Force.  /Asharq Al-Awsat

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has begun recruitment under the new military conscription law. On July 13, hundreds of young men lined up at draft centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ein, Sharjah and Western Region. […]

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Joint Chiefs chairman urges U.S. allies in Middle East to lower expectations

Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, citing a strained defense budget, has warned allies against expecting military help. A senior military official acknowledged that most U.S. allies in the Middle East sought increased American intervention, particularly from the […]

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