• Space Force Sep 21

    US Space Force Deploys to Vast New Frontier: Arabian Desert

    Members of the newly formed U.S. Space Force are deploying troops to a vast new frontier: the Arabian Peninsula.

  • New York Sep 14, 2019

    White House Says Bin Laden Son Killed in US Operation

    The White House announced Saturday that Hamza bin Laden , the son of the late al-Qaida leader who had become an increasingly prominent figure in the terrorist organization, was killed in a U.S. counterterrorism operation in the Afghanistan-Pakistan region. A statement issued in President Donald Trump’s name gave no further details, such as when Hamza bin Laden was killed or...

  • Donald Trump Aug 25, 2019

    Drone War Takes Flight, Raising Stakes in Iran, US Tensions

    From the vast deserts of Saudi Arabia to the crowded neighborhoods of Beirut, a drone war has taken flight across the wider Middle East, raising the stakes in the ongoing tensions between the U.S. and Iran. Since the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last year, there has been an increasing tempo of attacks and alleged threats, notably this...

  • DUBAI Aug 17, 2019

    Yemen Rebel Drone Attack Targets Remote Saudi Oil Field

    Drones launched by Yemen’s Houthi rebels attacked a massive oil and gas field deep inside Saudi Arabia’s sprawling desert on Saturday, causing what the kingdom described as a “limited fire” in the second such recent attack on its crucial energy industry. The attack on the Shaybah oil field, which produces some 1 million barrels of crude oil a day near...

  • New York Jul 31, 2019

    US Has Intel That Osama bin Laden's Son Hamza Is Dead, Officials Say

    The U.S. has obtained intelligence that the son and potential successor of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden, is dead, three U.S. officials told NBC News. The officials would not provide details of where or when Hamza bin Laden died, or if the U.S. played a role in his death. It is unclear if the U.S. has...

  • Donald Trump May 11, 2019

    US Deployments Across Mideast Factor in Iran Tensions

    A U.S. aircraft carrier strike group rushes toward the Persian Gulf. Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. The Pentagon, meanwhile, routes a Patriot missile battery and an amphibious supply ship to return to the region. These military deployments in the Persian Gulf, beginning with a sudden May 5 order from the White House citing still-unspecified threats...

  • Associated Press Feb 5, 2019

    Pope Francis Celebrates Historic Mass in Arabian Peninsula

    Pope Francis ministered on Tuesday to the thriving Catholic community in the United Arab Emirates as he concluded his historic visit to the Arabian Peninsula with the first-ever papal Mass here and a call for his flock to remain meek in following God. A day after making a broad appeal for Christian and Muslim leaders to work together to promote...

  • food Feb 4, 2019

    Pope in Historic UAE Visit Urges Faith Leaders to Reject War

    Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject the “miserable crudeness” of war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God’s name. In a keynote speech to an interfaith gathering in the United Arab Emirates, Francis warned that the future of...

  • food Feb 4, 2019

    Pope in Historic UAE Visit Urges Faith Leaders to Reject War

    Pope Francis urged religious leaders Monday to work together to reject war as he opened the first-ever papal visit to the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam, with a strong denunciation of violence committed in God’s name. In a keynote speech to an interfaith gathering in the United Arab Emirates, Francis warned that the future of humanity was at stake...

  • Associated Press Feb 4, 2019

    Pope Francis Welcomed By the UAE

    Pope Francis landed in the United Arab Emirates for a brief visit that will culminate with a papal mass on Tuesday. He is the first pope to visit the Arabian Peninsula.

  • Associated Press Aug 19, 2018

    Over 2 Million Muslims Begin Annual Hajj Pilgrimage

    More than 2 million Muslims began the annual hajj pilgrimage at first light on Sunday in Saudi Arabia, circling the cube-shaped Kaaba in Mecca that Islam’s faithful face five times each day during their prayers. The five-day hajj pilgrimage represents one of the world’s biggest gatherings every year, and is required of all able-bodied Muslims once in their life. The...

  • United States Aug 26, 2017

    US Military Helicopter Crashes Off Southern Coast of Yemen, 1 Crew Member Missing

    A U.S. military Black Hawk helicopter crashed off the southern coast of Yemen while training its crew, leaving one service member missing, officials said. Five others aboard the aircraft were rescued, officials said in a statement issued by U.S. Central Command. The crash took place Friday evening. Officials said the accident was under investigation.

  • Donald Trump Jun 23, 2017

    Qatar Weighs Demands to End Crisis Amid Threat of Long Siege

    Faced with a sweeping set of demands, Qatar insisted Friday it can indefinitely survive the economic and diplomatic steps its neighbors have taken to try to pressure it into compliance, even as a top Emirati official warned the tiny country to brace for a long-term economic squeeze....
    Given 10 days to make a decision, Qatar did not immediately render judgment on...

  • Donald Trump Jun 5, 2017

    4 Arab Nations Cut Ties With Qatar, Saying It Backs Terror

    Saudi Arabia and three other Arab countries severed ties to Qatar on Monday and moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to the energy-rich nation that is home to a major U.S. military base, accusing it of supporting regional terror groups. Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates made no demands of Qatar as their decision...

  • The Associated Press May 18, 2017

    Dubai Firm Wants to Haul ‘Up for Grabs' Antarctic Icebergs to Gulf

    A Dubai firm’s dream of towing icebergs from the Antarctic to the Arabian Peninsula could face some titanic obstacles. Where many see the crumbling polar ice caps as a distressing sign of global warming, the National Advisor Bureau Limited sees it as a source of profit, and a way of offsetting the effects of climate change in the increasingly sweltering...

  • director Apr 14, 2017

    Scientists Seek Holy Grail of Climate Change, a Rock That Converts Carbon Dioxide, in Middle East

    Deep in the jagged red mountains of Oman, geologists are drilling in search of the holy grail of reversing climate change: an efficient and cheap way to remove carbon dioxide from the air and oceans. They are coring samples from one of the world’s only exposed sections of the Earth’s mantle to uncover how a spontaneous natural process millions of...

  • ISIS Mar 22, 2017

    Fears ISIS Could Plant Bombs in Planes Driving New Rules: Officials

    A new rule banning some electronics on United States-bound flights from certain airports in Muslim-majority countries is a result of fears that ISIS could plant explosive devices in electronic devices, officials told NBC News....
    Officials did not confirm or deny a recent New York Times report that ISIS was developing an explosive that could be hidden in laptop batteries....
    But law enforcement...

  • Donald Trump Mar 9, 2017

    General Says No Bad Decisions in Yemen Raid, Probe Is Over

    The top U.S. commander for the Middle East told senators Thursday that he has completed an exhaustive review of the Yemen raid that killed a Navy SEAL, and has concluded there were no lapses in judgment or decision-making surrounding the operation....
    Gen. Joseph Votel, who heads U.S. Central Command, said he sees no need for additional investigations into the January mission...

  • officer Mar 6, 2017

    Read President Trump's Revised Travel Ban Order

    Here is the text of President Donald Trump’s new executive order on travel.

  • NBC Mar 4, 2017

    Yemen Strike Kills Al Qaeda Bombmaker: Officials

    The U.S. has hit Yemen with more than 30 airstrikes in less than 48 hours, according to two U.S. defense officials, and the al Qaeda targets killed include an expert bombmaker. As NBC News reports, the death of Mossad al-Adani, al Qaeda’s emir of Abyan governorate and an explosives expert, is a “blow to al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula,”...

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