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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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U.S. confirms Egypt, UAE carried out air strikes on Libyan militias

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki.  /AFP/Paul J. Richards

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States has identified the United Arab Emirates as being behind air strikes on Libya. Officials said the administration of President Barack Obama determined that the UAE Air Force operated fighter-jets in attacks on […]

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Libyan jihadists complain Egypt’s F-16s backing Gen. Haftar campaign

A plane engulfed in flames at Tripoli International Airport.

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have been accused of launching air strikes on Islamist militias in Libya. Anti-government militias operating in Tripoli said they have come under attack from aircraft sent by Egypt and […]

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Saudi dissident: Royal family members were paid millions for family intel

Mohammed Bin Zayed is said to have bought control of Saudi intelligence.

Special to WorldTribune.com LONDON — The Saudi royal family is said to have been engaged in regional bribery. A leading anonymous Saudi dissident, known only as Mujtahidd, asserted that senior Saudi officials as well as royal family members were receiving […]

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S. Korean firm wins $2 billion contract for UAE offshore oil development


Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has progressed in development of an offshore crude oil field. The UAE project called for the second phase of development of the Nasser field off the coast of Abu Dhabi. […]

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UAE institutes military draft as Iran’s shadow grows

Troops from the United Arab Emirates Ground Force.  /Asharq Al-Awsat

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — The United Arab Emirates has begun recruitment under the new military conscription law. On July 13, hundreds of young men lined up at draft centers in Abu Dhabi, Al Ein, Sharjah and Western Region. […]

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Joint Chiefs chairman urges U.S. allies in Middle East to lower expectations

Gen. Martin Dempsey.  /Getty Images

Special to WorldTribune.com WASHINGTON — The United States, citing a strained defense budget, has warned allies against expecting military help. A senior military official acknowledged that most U.S. allies in the Middle East sought increased American intervention, particularly from the […]

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China overtaking U.S. as Gulf states’ top economic partner

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech on the relations and cooperation between China and Arab states at the 2014 China-Arab Cooperation Forum on June 5.   /www.news.cn

Special to WorldTribune.com Geostrategy-Direct.com ABU DHABI — China and the Gulf Cooperation Council have pledged to form a strategic alliance. Officials said Beijing planned to significantly increase investment in the six-member GCC. They said China was replacing the United States […]

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Egypt gets an armored assist from UAE to secure elections

Egyptians will vote on May 26-27 in a presidential election that Abdel Fattah Sisi is expected to win easily.  /Reuters

Special to WorldTribune.com CAIRO — Egypt has received armored vehicles from the United Arab Emirates to help secure the presidential elections. Egyptian sources said the UAE flew 15 armored vehicles to Cairo in late May. They said the vehicles were […]

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China awarded oil share in deal with UAE for developing new energy fields

China National Petroleum Corp. has won

Special to WorldTribune.com ABU DHABI — China has been granted the right to produce and export oil from the United Arab Emirates. The state-owned China National Petroleum Corp. reached agreement to develop seven energy fields in the UAE emirate of […]

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