Qatar has signed a $12bn deal to buy F-15 fighters jets from the US. The sale was finalised at a meeting in Washington between US defence chief Jim Mattis and his Qatari counterpart.

Qatar signs billion-dollar US arms deal

worldvideo: Qatar buys fighter planes in billion-dollar U.

Erdogan says Turkey to take part in Mosul operation | Daily Maverick

Erdogan says Turkey to take part in Mosul operation

Update 4pm EST:The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dismiss a bipartisan bill that would have blocked a massive $1.15 billion weapons shipment to Saudi Arabia, to the dismay of peace groups and rights advocates who have called on the U.S. to end its support for the brutal Saudi bombing campaign in Yemen.

Aftermath of reported Saudi-led coalition air strike in Sanaa, Yemen February

In what's becoming almost a recurring theme, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad…

How much is Saudi Arabia to blame for Islamist terrorism? Iran says entirely.

In what's becoming almost a recurring theme, Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote an op-ed in the New York Times attacking Saudi Arabia, a long-standing geopolitical foe of the Islamic Republic.

The US has sold Qatar $12bn (£9.4bn)-worth of fighter jets just days after President Donald Trump accused the country of being a “high-level” sponsor of terrorism. The deal was signed off by the US Defence Ministry and reportedly included 36 F-15 combat aircraft.  US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Qatari Minister of State for Defence Affairs Khalid al-Attiyah met on Wednesday to seal the agreement, according to one source familiar with the deal.

Donald Trump sold Qatar $12bn of weapons the day after accusing it of funding terrorism

Five Iranian planes filled with food have landed at Doha airport as the blockade against Qatar from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries starts to bite.

Iran sends planes stuffed with food to Qatar

Saudi Arabia Egypt Bahrain and UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar accusing it of creating instability in region

Battle for Mosul Tests Obama Strategy to Shift Fight’s Burden From U.S. - The New York Times

Battle for Mosul Tests Obama Strategy to Shift Fight’s Burden From U.S.

The administration’s counterterrorism doctrine aims to spread military responsibilities to regional partners rather than have the United States act alone.

A wide-ranging, uneasy coalition of forces is pushing forward to reclaim Iraq's third-largest city from the Islamic State.

What it’s like on the front lines with Iraqi and Kurdish forces moving on Mosul

A wide-ranging, uneasy coalition of forces is pushing forward to reclaim Iraq's third-largest city from the Islamic State.

Saudi king names son as new crown prince, upending the royal succession line.  The surprise move could have with deep ramifications for the monarchy and the broader Middle East.

Saudi king names son as new crown prince, upending the royal succession

Saudi king names son as new crown prince, upending the royal succession line. The surprise move could have with deep ramifications for the monarchy and the broader Middle East.

One of the first signs of the crisis in which four Arab states have cut ties with Qatar came in a phone call from an anxious government adviser to a Reuters journalist early on May 24.

How Saudi Arabia and allies strong-armed Qatar, blindsided

One of the first signs of the crisis in which four Arab states have cut ties with Qatar came in a phone call from an anxious government adviser to a Reuters journalist early on May

Saudi Arabia and Iran accuse each other of not really being Muslim

Saudi Arabia and Iran accuse each other of not really being Muslim

Muslim pilgrims circle the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, on Sept.

Mohammed bin Salman, named Saudi crown prince on Wednesday, becomes first in line to the throne as the historically conservative nation faces challenges at home and turmoil abroad. | Daily Maverick

Mohammed bin Salman, named Saudi crown prince on Wednesday, becomes first in line to the throne as the historically conservative nation faces challenges at home and turmoil abroad.

Opinion: Young princes in the Persian Gulf are playing with fire.

Qatar stands isolated under accusations of sponsoring terrorism. But this diplomatic crisis is actually about young princes' unbridled quest for power - with the help of Donald Trump, says DW's Bachir Amroune.

[WATCH] Food, fuel and flights: How Qatar may suffer

It may be the biggest political crisis in the Middle East in years. Several Arab countries decided to sever ties with Qatar.

Three potential motives behind the spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours. It's clear that the hacking of Qatar's news agency last month was a premeditated assault. Here's why it happened - and why now. | Middle East Eye

Three potential motives behind the spat between Qatar and its Gulf neighbours. It's clear that the hacking of Qatar's news agency last month was a premeditated assault. Here's why it happened - and why now.

It sounds like an idea from a bad science-fiction novel. Kuwait is planning to build an enormous DNA database that would compile the genetic makeup not only of citizens living in the Persian Gulf state but also of other residents and even temporary visitors. Such a database would be the first of its kind in the world.

Kuwait plans to create a huge DNA database of residents and visitors. Scientists are appalled.

It sounds like an idea from a bad science-fiction novel. Kuwait is planning to build an enormous DNA database that would compile the genetic makeup not only of citizens living in the Persian Gulf state but also of other residents and even temporary visitors. Such a database would be the first of its kind in the world.

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