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Putin exploits tense U.S.-Egypt ties with $3.5 billion weapons deal

Special to By Miles Yu, With its recently-announced $3.5 billion deal to buy weapons from Russia, Cairo has undoubtedly undermined the U.S. Middle East policy and strategy. Though the agreement is preliminary, it is expected to face no […]

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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 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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U.S. delivers vans and pickups to only Lebanese force not controlled by Hizbullah

Lebanese Internal Security Forces stand guard in front of vehicles donated from the United States.

Special to from NICOSIA — The United States has delivered another shipment for Lebanon’s security forces. The United States oversaw the delivery of 38 vehicles for Lebanon’s Internal Security Forces. The vehicles, valued at $1.6 million, were meant to […]

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U.S. hit ISIL refineries producing $2 million per day


Special to from WASHINGTON — The United States has targeted crude oil refineries in Syria held by Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant. Officials said the U.S. Air Force and Arab allies attacked 12 mobile oil refineries operated […]

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China, Iran to conduct joint naval exercises in defiance of U.S. interests

Changchun destroyer of the 17th Chinese escort naval fleet arrives at southern port of Bandar Abbas, Iran, on Sept. 20.  /Xinhua/Ahmad Halabisaz

Special to from For the first time in four decades, a Chinese naval flotilla has visited the Islamic Republic of Iran, as U.S. deterrence and its military presence in the region wanes. In subsequent talks, the two navies’ […]

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Turkey’s strategic reliability as a NATO ally has become questionable at best

Air base in Incirlik, Turkey.

Special to Dr. Harry Dinella, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Increasing Turkish divergence from U.S., European Union, and Western strategic objectives has given urgency to Western military planning as to how to compensate for the probable lack of access in […]

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The U.S. is at war again, only this time it’s different; Really?

U.S. bombs Cambodia for the first time, Mar 18, 1969.

By Donald Kirk, WASHINGTON — The eyes of the world are upon the new U.S. war in Syria and Iraq, and that’s not just because people want to know how or whether aerial bombardments and missile strikes are really […]

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U.S. sends Hellfire missiles, financed by Saudis, to Lebanese Army

AGM-114 Hellfire missile

Special to NICOSIA — The United States has reported additional military shipments to Lebanon. Officials said the U.S. military oversaw the delivery of air-to-ground missiles to the Lebanese military. The officials identified the missiles as the AGM-114 Hellfire, meant […]

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U.S. court finds Arab Bank liable for financing Hamas terror activities


Special to WASHINGTON — A leading Middle East financial institution, liable to huge damages, has been deemed a supporter of Hamas. In an unprecedented verdict, a federal court jury in New York found the Arab Bank liable for financing […]

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Some in Congress fear Hizbullah will get U.S. copters approved for Lebanon

Huey-2 helicopter

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has approved the transfer of military helicopters for Lebanon. The administration of President Barack Obama has informed Congress that Washington would deliver U.S.-origin utility helicopters for the Lebanese military. Under the Lebanese […]

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