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Marine missing at sea after bailing from stalled aircraft

One Marine is missing after jumping from a tilt-rotor MV-22 Osprey aircraft that briefly lost power after taking off from a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship in the Persian Gulf on Wednesday.

Search underway for Marine who bailed out of Osprey in Persian Gulf

A search is underway in the Persian Gulf for a Marine who was forced to bail out of an MV-22 Osprey that was in danger of crashing, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Search underway for Marine who bailed out of Osprey in Persian Gulf

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A search is underway in the Persian Gulf for a Marine who was forced to bail out of an MV-22 Osprey that was in danger of crashing, the Department of Defense said Wednesday.

Two Chinese Destroyers Arrive At Iranian Port

On September 21 two Chinese destroyers arrived at Iran's Persian Gulf port of Bandar Abbas. The puts the destroyers on the east side of the Gulf while the U.S. Fifth Fleet is currently located on the west, at Bahrain. AFP reports that...Show More Summary

Say what you want about Qatar. Just be careful about doing it on the Web.

last weekNews : BlogPost

  The hyper-rich Persian Gulf state of Qatar likes to roll out a big welcome mat from time to time. Georgetown University and the Brookings Institution have branches there. The various divisions of Al Jazeera draw in Arabic- and English-speaking journalists from around the world. Planners for the 2022 World Cup are promising air-conditioned comfort […]

Persian Gulf states have new role to play in Israeli-Palestinian conflict resolution

HOUSTON – (Sept. 17, 2014) – The shifting regional geopolitics of the Middle East have created new opportunities for the Persian Gulf states to engage in Arab-Israeli conflict resolution, according to a new paper from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. read more

ISIS makes $3M a day from oil smuggling, theft, human trafficking: experts

WASHINGTON — Islamic State militants, who once relied on wealthy Persian Gulf donors for money, have become a self-sustaining financial juggernaut, earning more than $3 million a day from oil smuggling, human trafficking, theft and extortion, according to U.S. intelligence officials and private experts.

Muslim Brotherhood exiles’ exit from Qatar could ease regional quarrel

At least seven officials and clerics associated with Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood are leaving Qatar, members of the group said Saturday, in a move that could mark an easing of a bitter regional quarrel over the Persian Gulf monarchy’s sheltering of fugitive figures from the Islamist movement. Show More Summary

After Foley Beheading, Qatar working to free more U.S. hostages in Syria

WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of the brutal beheading of American journalist James Foley, the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is working to free other captured American hostages. Foley was executed, and whose execution was recorded on video, by the extremist and Islamist terrorist group Islamic State, also known by the acronyms ISIS, ISIL and […]

Deny the Islamic State a safe haven (Guest Voice)

In 2002, my aircraft carrier battle group was conducting retaliatory strikes against Afghanistan when I was directed to move into the Persian Gulf and begin precursor combat operations against Iraq. While meeting with the fleet commander, I told him we were ready to go. But when asked my opinion of the impeding war, I replied [...]

Air Power

Prior to Operation Desert Storm, it was established naval doctrine that aircraft carriers could never operate in the Persian Gulf. The area was so small it left the great behemoths vulnerable to shore-based rockets or raids by small torpedo boats. Show More Summary

Coast Guard fires on Iranian craft

The Associated Press reports that a US Coast Guard crew in the Persian Gulf was forced to fire upon an Iranian vessel in self-defense; Cmdr. Kevin Stephens, a spokesman for the U.S. Navy’s Bahrain-based 5th Fleet, said personnel on a small boat dispatched from the U.S. Coast Guard patrol boat Monomoy fired a single shot […]

US Coast Guard Fires At Iranian Fishing Boat In Persian Gulf

On August 26 the U.S. Coast Guard fired at an Iranian fishing boat when the boat pointed a machine gun at the Coast Guard vessel. The incident occurred when Coast Guard Patrol Boat Monomoy launched a smaller vessel that approached "to query the Iranian dhow" on its activities in international waters. Show More Summary

U.S. Coast Guard fires at Iranian boat in Gulf

A U.S. Coast Guard vessel fired in self-defense on an Iranian boat in the Persian Gulf, the Navy said Wednesday, an encounter that could exacerbate tensions between the two countries as they work to hammer out a lasting deal over Iran's nuclear program.

Foley case lays bare debate over paying ransom

last monthNews : The Newsroom

WASHINGTON (AP) — The beheading of freelance journalist James Foley has forced a new debate between the longtime U.S. and British refusal to negotiate with terrorists, and Europe and the Persian Gulf's increasing willingness to pay ransoms in a desperate attempt to free citizens. Show More Summary

Egypt picks consortium to draft Suez plan

last monthNews : The Newsroom

CAIRO (AP) — Egypt selected a consortium of Egyptian and the Persian Gulf companies Tuesday to develop the government's mega project to transform the Suez Canal waterway into a hub of international investment and free trade zones, officials said.

Qatar’s Dangerous Game: Switzerland of the Gulf, Patron of Islamists

Has Qatar overplayed its hand? The emirate, with 300,000 citizens who enjoy the highest per-capita GDP in the world, has a reputation as the Switzerland of the Persian Gulf: small, wealthy, and dogged about maintaining good relations with its quarrelsome neighbors. Show More Summary

On the Drawing Board 8/8/14

Well, I’m not actually at the drawing board right now, unless you count all the caricatures I am doing of the men and women in our armed forces serving in undisclosed locations in the Persian Gulf this week. But, here’s what is awaiting me when I get back to the studio next week: MAD TV […]

In Friday’s Sun: a thousand points of light. Stay the course. Persian Gulf.

Capricious, unstructured and even dangerous: That’s what American political thinker Walter Lippmann once wrote about the public’s views on foreign policy. “The unhappy truth,” he wrote in 1955, “is that the prevailing public opinion has been destructively wrong at critical junctures. [The people] have compelled governments to be too late with too little, too long [...]

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