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

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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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Obama’s Iran doctrine a nightmare come true for U.S. friends

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Special to WorldTribune.com Charles Krauthammer In December, President Obama said that he wished to see Iran ultimately become a “very successful regional power.” His wish — a nightmare for the Western-oriented Arab states — is becoming a reality. Consider: ● […]

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U.S. warships head for Yemen but have no orders to block Iran arms shipments

The Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Vicksburg and the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt ener the Mediterranean Sea near the Rock of Gibraltar on March 31.  / U.S. Navy  /Mass Communication Specialist Seaman Anthony Hopkins II /  Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com Two warships joined seven other U.S. vessels in the Arabian Sea, to counter an Iranian convoy suspected of carrying weapons to Shi’ite Houthi rebels in violation of a UN arms embargo adopted last week. “We believe these […]

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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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Merkel government approves Arab arms exports

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

Special to WorldTribune.com 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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Kuwait foils attack on large oil tanker by Somali pirates

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Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — Kuwait has foiled a pirate attack against a huge oil tanker in the Gulf. Kuwait Oil Tanker Co. said one of its vessels came under attack from pirates during a voyage to Djibouti. The […]

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Gulf Arab oil states plan to slash energy investment

Qatar has already halted development of its North Field gas project, while parliament has blocked massive programs in Kuwait.

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council is preparing to significantly reduce its energy investment for the rest of the decade. The Arab Petroleum Investment Corp. assessed that every GCC energy producer planned to slash investment in […]

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As oil prices drop, so do Standard and Poor ratings for Gulf states

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — Two Gulf Cooperation Council states have dropped in ratings by a leading U.S. agency. Standard and Poor’s lowered the outlook of Saudi Arabia from positive to stable amid the decline in crude oil prices and […]

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