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NATO increases Black Sea naval presence as Russia invades Ukraine

The USS Ross.

Special to WorldTribune.com By Miles Yu, Geostrategy-Direct.com As Russia escalated tensions with Kiev and finally launched an invasion force, the U.S. and other NATO allies were beefing up naval presence in the Black Sea in an effort to muster a show of […]

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Turkey’s Erdogan marks electoral win by continuing purge of police

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Special to WorldTribune.com ANKARA — Turkey, fresh from the election of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has resumed its purge of police linked to the opposition. Officials said nearly 40 police officers were arrested on Sept. 1 and charged with espionage […]

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Gulf conclave to address region’s decline in global energy influence

Kuwait Oil Minister Ali Al Omair

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Kuwait plans to host regional natural gas talks. The Kuwaiti Oil Ministry said the Gulf Cooperation Council sheikdom would host an energy conference on Sept. 10-11. The GCC is said to have been concerned […]

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U.S. pledges $60 million to aid Tunisian Army’s war on terror

Gen. David Rodriguez

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has approved a plan to enhance Tunisia’s military. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama agreed to a $60 million package to support the Tunisian Army. They said the aid package […]

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Iraq gets Russia’s Mi-28 advanced helicopter for operations against ISIL

Mi-28 Night Hunter

Special to WorldTribune.com BAGHDAD — Iraq has acquired an advanced Russian attack helicopter. The Defense Ministry said the Iraq Army has accepted delivery of the Russian-origin Mi-28 helicopter. The ministry said the Mi-28 would be deployed against Islamic State of […]

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U.S. backing called key for Qatar’s covert dealings with terror groups, Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin al Attiyah.

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com TEL AVIV — Qatar has become a major player in the Arab world because of its pro-Islamist policy and support by the United States, a report said. The Institute for National Security Studies asserted that Qatar […]

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Israel, Syria jointly assist rescue of UN observers from Golan Heights

UN observers on the Golan border.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Israel and Syria have joined to help rescue United Nations observers from Islamist rebel militias in the Golan Heights. Diplomatic sources said Israel and Syria provided fire and other support that enabled scores of members […]

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Germany to send armored vehicles, assault rifles to Kurdish forces

G-36 assault rifle

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — Germany has announced arms shipments to the Kurdish Regional Government. The Berlin government has agreed to send a range of weapons and munitions to KRG forces in northern Iraq. The German Defense Ministry said the […]

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Saudi announces $40 billion investment plan for its energy sector

Armaco chief executive officer Khalid Al Falih

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia plans to invest $40 billion a year in the kingdom’s energy sector over the next decade. The state-owned monopoly Saudi Aramco said the money would help develop energy resources in the Gulf […]

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Syria’s sickening crisis — China, Russia, Iran back Assad; Whither the West?

Niño Jose Heredia/Gulf News

By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — In what can only be described as a plague on both your houses, an UN investigative panel has issued a specific and sickening verdict on the ongoing violence in Syria’s civil war. The […]

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