Threats by Iran lead to joint GCC defense pact

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional grouping of six oil-producing countries in the Middle East, has decided to establish a joint defense system to meet what it called growing regional threats. Briefing reporters on the conclusion of a two-day GCC summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on Tuesday, Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the summit […]

Syria opposition Groups seek consenss at Qatar talks

Syrian opposition groups are set to resume talks in Qatar to try to form a united body in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad. Delegates were quoted as saying that main points had already been agreed. The fractious opposition has been under pressure from the US and other backers

Sieda : Undermining SNC will prolong Assad’s rule

The head of Syria’s main opposition group has warned that those who he says are trying to undermine his Syrian National Council will inadvertently prolong the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Abdelbaset Sieda’s remarks at an SNC convention came as the group pushed back against U.S. criticism

US warns Israel against pre-emptive strike on Iran

US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.

Clinton seeks more inclusive Syrian opposition

The United States indicated on Wednesday that it was undertaking its most aggressive attempt yet to reshape the Syrian opposition, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissing the current leadership as a bunch of out-of-touch exiles who should be replaced with a group more representative