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Moroccan F-16 in Saudi-led mission said shot down over Yemen

Moroccan F-16.

Special to WorldTribune.com Houthi rebels claim tribesman shot down a Moroccan F-16 fighter that was part of a Saudi-led airstrike over Yemen on May 11. The F-16 reportedly went down during a strike on Houthi-controlled positions in Sanaa and was […]

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Iran ship defies U.S. request, enters Gulf of Aden en route to Yemen

Iran's Shahed, owned by  Valfajr Shipping Company, is officially said to be carrying 2,500 tons of humanitarian supplies. / Mahmoud Hosseini

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty An Iranian-flagged cargo ship that is bound for Yemen in defiance of U.S. warnings has entered the Gulf of Aden and is expected to reach port on May 21. The development […]

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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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U.S. warns Iran against sending ship to Yemen as Obama hosts Arab summit

The Iran-flagged Shahed cargo ship.

Special to WorldTribune.com As President Barack Obama convened a Camp David summit for “key Arab allies” in which only two Gulf leaders will attend, the Pentagon on May 13 urged Iran to change the course of a cargo ship said […]

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Saudis offer cease-fire in Yemen but vows retribution for attacks on border

Saudi soldiers at Yemen border. / Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times

Special to WorldTribune.com Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty Saudi Arabia said May 7 it is prepared to begin a five-day, renewable cease-fire in Yemen so that humanitarian aid can reach millions of civilians threatened by the conflict. The cease-fire […]

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Egypt’s Sisi makes quick trip to Riyadh following Saudi shakeup

Egypt's President Abdul Fatah Sisi, right with Saudi King Salaman. / AFP

Special to WorldTribune.com Egyptian President Abdul Fatah Sisi visited Saudi Arabia on May 2, following the major shakeup in the Kingdom’s leadership and amid reports of Saudi and Iranian forces joining opposite sides of the fighting in Yemen. A statement […]

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Saudi shakeup is good news for Iran as Obama prevails in Kingdom power struggle

Saudi royal guards in front of portraits of the late King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, right, new King Salman bin Abdulaziz, center, and Muqrin bin Abdulaziz, right. Fayez Nureldine / Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com By Gregory R. Copley, Editor, GIS/Defense & Foreign Affairs Saudi Arabia’s leadership succession restructuring and Cabinet reshuffle on April 29, offered important clues for the strategic shape of the region in the coming few years, and these […]

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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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We’re in a new millennium, but press freedom is in rapid decline worldwide


Special to WorldTribune.com By John J. Metzler UNITED NATIONS — The targeted killings of journalists, the suffocating censorship in many countries, and the widening governmental controls on media activities, characterize the contemporary media landscape in large parts of the world. […]

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


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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