The Pentagon said Friday it has approved the deployment of 3,000 additional troops and military hardware to Saudi Arabia
Iran oil tanker hit by two missiles in Red Sea off Saudi coast; incident raises tensions between Tehran and Riyadh
The tanker, which was set ablaze, suffered heavy damage and crude had leaked after it was struck in the early morning about 96 km from Jeddah.
Thailand's move on Kra Canal alarms New Delhi as route will boost Chinese naval power in Indian Ocean
The Prime Minister of Thailand has ordered the country's National Security Council to begin examining the feasibility of proposals to build the 120-km Kra Canal, which would slash 1,200 km off the route Chinese warships now take to reach South Asian ports.
Egypt launches major assault on militants in North Sinai ahead of elections, aims to curb insurgency by February end
Egypt began a major assault against militants on Friday focused on the Sinai peninsula, where Islamic State attacks have killed soldiers, police and civilians.
Egyptian authorities say security forces have killed at least 14 Islamic militants in Sinai and an adjacent Suez Canal province following the massacre at a village mosque in the northern part of the peninsula last week that killed 305 people.
At least 54 policemen, including 20 officers and 34 conscripts, were killed when a raid on a militant hideout outside of Cairo escalated into an all-out firefight, authorities said Saturday.
At least 15 terrorists and 12 Egyptian soldiers were killed on Friday in a major attack on an army checkpoint in the Sinai Peninsula, which has for years been battling Islamist insurgency.
Egypt received a show of international support on Thursday as it inaugurated a major extension of the Suez Canal which President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi hopes will power an economic turnaround in the Arab world's most populous country.