Feb 6, 2016

Bahrain says it is ready to commit ground forces to Syria

Bahrain is ready to commit ground troops to Syria as part of a U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State group, the Persian Gulf island state said on Friday, a day after its larger neighbor and close ally Saudi Arabia announced a similar pledge. Bahraini ...

Five years after Arab Spring, hopes dashed for change

Jan 13, 2016

Five years after Arab Spring, hopes dashed for change

On Jan. 14, 2011, Tunisians packed the streets of their capital and shocked the world by overthrowing longtime dictator Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali. The revolution shook the Middle East, setting off the hopeful uprisings that came to be known as the Arab Spring. But ...

Jan 4, 2016

Saudi allies scale down ties to Iran amid growing tensions

Allies of Saudi Arabia followed the kingdom’s lead and on Monday began scaling down their diplomatic ties to Iran in the wake of the ransacking of Saudi diplomatic missions in the Islamic Republic, violence that was sparked by the Saudis’ execution of a prominent ...

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

Jun 20, 2015

Bahraini opposition leader released after 4 years

A top Bahraini opposition leader was released Friday after more than four years in prison for his role in protests calling for reform in the Persian Gulf kingdom. The WAAD (National Democratic Action Society) group confirmed that Ibrahim Sharif was released Friday. Sharif was ...

Iran tried to break naval blockade, Yemen minister says

Apr 24, 2015

Iran tried to break naval blockade, Yemen minister says

Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yassin on Thursday accused Iran of trying to break a naval blockade on his country aimed at cutting off supplies to Shiite rebels. In a joint news conference with his Bahraini counterpart, Khalid Al-Khalifa, Yassin said, “Iran is carrying out ...

Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against Islamic State

Feb 17, 2015

Bahrain deploys warplanes to Jordan for war against Islamic State

Bahrain has deployed fighter jets to Jordan to support the U.S.-led air campaign against the Islamic State group, Jordan’s information minister said on Monday. The move comes a week after the United Arab Emirates deployed an F-16 squadron to Jordan to take part in ...

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

Feb 1, 2015

Outspoken Saudi prince to launch pan-Arab news channel

An outspoken billionaire Saudi prince on Sunday launched a pan-Arab satellite news channel aimed at challenging established networks in the region. Prince Alwaleed bin Talal is a nephew of King Abdullah, who died on Jan. 23. In a highly conservative Islamic kingdom, Alwaleed, who ...

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Jan 15, 2015

UAE, Iran advance to knockout stage

Ali Mabkhout eased the tension quickly for his team, scoring after just 14 seconds to set up a 2-1 win over Bahrain that secured a spot in the Asian Cup knockout stage for the United Arab Emirates. Three-time champion Iran earned a place in ...

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Jan 11, 2015

Iran sends Bahrain to opening defeat; UAE routs Qatar

Tournament favorite Iran downed a spirited Bahrain 2-0 and the United Arab Emirates trounced Qatar 4-1 in the opening Group C matches of the Asian Cup on Sunday. Ehsan Hajsafi and Masoud Shojaei scored late in each half to give Iran the win over ...