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American: Bin Laden asked him in '90s to use plane as weapon (The Washington Times)

NEW YORK (AP) – In the terrorism trial of a man accused of being one of al-Qaida’s early leaders, an American described being asked in 1995 by Osama bin Laden to kill Egypt’s president by ramming his plane with his own in midair. “It took me by surprise,” Ihab Mohammad Ali testified recently in New […]

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Saudis evacuate embassy staff from Yemen (Al Jazeera)

Kingdom is the first Arab country to evacuate embassy staff from Sanaa after Houthis took over government in a coup. Saudi Arabia has suspended operations at its embassy in Yemen, and evacuated its staff due to the deteriorating situation in the capital, Sanaa, controlled by the Houthi rebels, the foreign ministry has said. “Due to […]

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Jordan vs ISIL: Time for US to restock ally's arsenal? (Al Jazeera)

Despite making progress in the fight against ISIL, Jordan uses ageing jets and receives less military aid than Israel. Here in Baghdad, Jordan’s actions against ISIL have been watched with great curiosity and intrigue. Many thought that the killing of the Jordanian pilot at the hands of ISIL in such a brutal manner would paralyse […]

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U.S. To Resupply Jordan With Munitions For Campaign Against ISIS: Officials (Newsweek)

Jordan’s King Abdullah, left, arrives to welcome Bahrain’s King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa at Amman airport February 9, 2015. Muhammad Hamed/Reuters WASHINGTON/AMMAN (Reuters) – The United States is readying plans to resupply Jordan with munitions in the coming weeks, possibly including precision-guided arms, expediting support for the kingdom as it expands its role in […]

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YEMEN – Saudi Arabia evacuates embassy staff from Yemen (France 24)

Saudi Arabia has joined Western states in evacuating diplomatic staff from Yemen after a power grab by the Shiite Houthi militia earlier this month. French, British and US embassy staff were also urged to leave this week. The move reflects the hostility of Yemen’s majority Sunni neighbours towards the Iranian-backed Houthis.Riyadh has suspended all work […]

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UAE to West allies: We need more weapons for Islamic State fight (The Washington Times)

By Cheryl K. Chumley ¬† Lt. Col Hassan Ali Alanazi of the UAE Air Force said that his country is ready to ratchet up military operations against rebels and terrorists in Libya, Yemen, Somalia, Afghanistan and Syria, but wants more weapons from allied nations – including the United States. The UAE, which has joined in […]