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Tunisia's President Beji Caid Essebsi

US commits to Tunisia’s security Subscription

21 May 2015 | By

Tunisian leader on state visit to Washington

Libya migrant smuggling

EU approves naval mission in Libya Subscription

19 May 2015 | By

Operation will target migrant-smuggling gangs

US President Barack Obama

Security tops the agenda at GCC-US summit Subscription

14 May 2015 | By

Defence accord under discussion as US President Obama seeks to reassure GCC states of Washington’s support


Qatar signs $7bn contract to buy 24 Rafale jets Subscription

5 May 2015 | By

Hollande and Sheikh Tamim sign deal in Doha

Qatar buys Rafale fighter jets

Qatar buys Rafale fighter jets Subscription

30 April 2015 | By

Deal includes firm order for 24 jets, with option for another 12

Tear gas

Demand for tear gas in the Middle East surges Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

One of the world’s biggest manufacturers says 2015 sales will break records

US Deputy Secretary of State Anthony Blinken

US to double military aid to Tunisia Subscription

13 April 2015 | By

Growing instability on Tunisia’s border threatens domestic security

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi

Arab states agree to form joint military force Subscription

29 March 2015 | By

Egypt’s President makes announcement following Arab league meeting in Sharm el-Sheikh

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Defence trends

Offshore oil security

Aramco prioritises security Subscription

20 November 2014 | By

Oil major plans raft of new measures for offshore assets


Defence: Middle East steps up military spending Subscription

5 November 2014

Military spending among the Gulf states has been climbing steadily over the past decade or so in response to changing geopolitical threats

Mena military spending aand personnel 2013

Gulf nations step up defence spending Subscription

2 November 2014 | By

The continuing conflict in Syria and the ever-present threat of domestic unrest mean the region’s governments will continue to ramp up military investment


Pushing back against Isis Subscription

2 November 2014 | By

While the US’ allies in the region have joined the coalition against Isis, each has a differing agenda on Syria. Meanwhile, Iran, the one country that could really help, is being ignored

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes

Riyadh reluctantly joins Isis air strikes Subscription

2 October 2014 | By James Gavin

Kingdom’s discomfort is clearly evident

Military police: Members of the kingdom's security forces will be housed and trained in the compounds

Security compounds Subscription

19 June 2014

The King Abdullah project aims to provide homes for security personnel

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