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China raising its stake in UAE oil fields

China was awarded a $330 million contract to develop UAE's Mender oilfield.

Special to WorldTribune.com The state oil company of China has been awarded a major onshore oil contract by United Arab Emirates. China Petroleum Engineering and Construction Corporation (CPECC), part of state-run PetroChina, won the $330 million contract for development of […]

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As Obama pledges ‘ironclad commitment’ to Gulf nations, Iran fires at another ship

President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry meet with GCC delegation at Camp David on May 14.  /AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Special to WorldTribune.com On the same day President Barack Obama promised Persian Gulf States leaders the U.S. would protect their security, Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps Navy again fired at a commercial ship. In a May 14 summit at Camp David […]

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Gulf Arab states press Obama for security guarantees, war tech due to Iran deal

U.S. F-35.

Special to WorldTribune.com Leaders of the Gulf Arab states are seeking security and weapons technology agreements from the White House to preserve their military edge in the region as a major U.S. strategic agreement with Iran looms, the Wall Street […]

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Arab cartoonists lampoon U.S.-Iran ‘framework’ nuclear agreement

A Saudi newspaper cartoon that greeted news fo the agreement on April 2. / MEMRI

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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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Arab summit announces joint military for action in Libya, Yemen

Egypt's President al-Sisi welcomes Saudi King Salman for the Arab Summit in Sharm el-Sheikh. / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi says Arab leaders have agreed in principle to create a joint military force. Sisi said on March 29 that the force was needed because of the […]

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Kerry seeks to calm Saudis, Gulf leaders on imminent Iran deal

Secretary of State John Kerry with Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal before a meeting with King Salman on March 5. / Evan Vucci

Special to WorldTribune.com U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry lobbied Gulf Arab leaders today on behalf of the Obama administration’s upcoming rapproachement with Iran. Subsequent statements by Saudi leaders indicated they remain skeptical of U.S. intentions and are concerned about […]

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Reports: Saudis might help Israel attack Iran

Israeli F-15 fighter jets refuel in the Negev desert. /Jack Guez / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com Amid the drama of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s trip to Washington, another element of a major story has been overlooked. Arab governments share Israel’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear program but also intensely feel the implications of […]

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Wary Gulf states see war on ISIL as U.S. collaboration with Iran

The UAE has halted combat air missions against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria.

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United Arab Emirates has ended its participation in U.S.-led air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials acknowledged that Abu Dhabi halted combat air missions against ISIL in both Iraq and Syria […]

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ISIL advances on Baghdad airport, fires at civilian airliners

Baghdad International Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Islamic State of Iraq and Levant, stuck on the ground in much of the north, has begun firing at civilian aircraft around the Iraqi capital. Iraqi sources said ISIL fighters were firing at civilian aircraft […]

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