$1.4b in Defense Contracts Approved by State Department as Senate Eyes Debate

The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of more than $1.4 billion worth of military training and equipment for Saudi Arabia, the Pentagon said on Monday, the first fraction of a $110 billion arms deal U.S. President Donald Trump agreed to with Saudi Arabia when he visited in May.

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Qatar Dispute

U.S. seen trying to calm waters between Qatar and Saudi Arabia

The United States will quietly try to calm the waters between Saudi Arabia and Qatar, current and former U.S. officials said on Monday, arguing that ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar row: Calls for diplomatic talks to end Gulf crisis

"People have stormed into the supermarket hoarding food, especially imported ones," one Doha resident, Eva Tobaji, told Reuters. "It's chaos - I've never seen anything ...


Qatar Dispute

Perspective: Saudi Dispute With Qatar Has 22-Year History Rooted in Gas

Saudi Arabia’s isolation of Qatar has been brewing since 1995, and the dispute’s long past and likely lingering future are best explained by natural gas. ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar Shunned by Regional Arab States

Another risk factor for Qatar relates to human capital. Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain have already banned their citizens from traveling through or living ...


Saudi Foreign Policy

Commentary: A new role for Saudi Arabia in the Middle East

Islam can only be reformed from within, by Muslims themselves. As a leading Sunni power in the region, and the home of the two major ...


Public Investment Fund

Buyout Firms Eye Gusher of Cash From Aramco IPO

With less than two weeks’ notice last month, more than a dozen of the top global money managers accepted a dinner invitation halfway around the ...


Human Rights

Nikki Haley: U.S. doesn’t “support Saudi Arabia when it comes to human rights”

"We don't support Saudi Arabia when it comes to human rights," the ambassador said. "And they know that we don't condone some of the things ...


U.S.-Saudi Arms Sale

U.S. Approves $1.4 Billion Military Sale to Saudi Arabia

Monday’s approval by the State Department specifically pertains to two major sales: a training program for military forces like the Royal Saudi Air Force and ...


Contracting Sector

40% of Saudi Contracting Companies ‘Stumbling’

Economists have called for tackling the slump witnessed by some of the projects of the contracting sector at the Saudi and Arab levels and preparing ...



President Trump’s hotel received $270,000 from Saudi Arabia’s Qorvis Lobbyists to Fight JASTA

The Trump International Hotel recently took in about $270,000 in payments tied to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as the country fights to roll back a ...


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Six Day War (1967)

1967 war: Six days that changed the Middle East

Fifty years ago, war broke out between Israel and its neighbours. The conflict lasted just six days but its effect would last to the present ...



Raqqa: Syrian Kurdish-led forces launch offensive on IS ‘capital’

A US-backed alliance of Kurdish and Arab fighters has launched an offensive to capture the jihadist group Islamic State's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa. ...


London Terror Attack

Britain frees 12 detained after London attack

British police say all 12 people who were arrested in the early hours after the weekend London Bridge attack have been released without charge. All ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar rift sets back Trump’s ‘Arab NATO’

The diplomatic row has also left U.S. officials to play down the incident’s impact — even as the host of the largest U.S. naval base ...


Qatar Dispute

Qatar hosts largest US military base in Mideast

In 2016, the base was used as staging ground to fly B-52 airstrikes against ISIS targets in Iraq and Syria. Early in the Afghanistan campaign, ...



100,000 children in extreme danger in Mosul, trapped behind Islamic State lines: U.N.

About 100,000 children are trapped in extremely dangerous conditions in the remaining Islamic State-held enclave in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the United Nations ...



Germany, Turkey fail to break deadlock over air base visit

Turkey on Monday refused to budge on its refusal to let German lawmakers visit troops stationed at a Turkish air base, a stance that left ...


Islamic State

Australia police kill hostage taker; Islamic State claims responsibility

Australian police on Monday shot dead a gunman in the city of Melbourne who had been holding a woman hostage, police said, a confrontation for ...


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