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Role of Gulf state pilots said marginal to ineffective in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — Gulf Arab partners have conducted a tiny portion of air strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners have conducted less than 15 percent of air strikes on ISIL in Iraq […]

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Young Qataris’ luxury cars sport ISIL logo as emirate hides role in allied war effort

There is no shortage of luxury cars in Qatar.

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar has been concealing its role in the U.S.-led war against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Diplomatic sources said Qatar has imposed an embargo on all information regarding its participation in the U.S.-led […]

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ISIL Internet sites threaten American schools, teachers in Gulf

Twitter images uploaded by ISIL supporters.

Special to ABU DHABI — The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant has threatened the U.S. presence in the Gulf. The U.S. Navy said ISIL could attack Americans and Western facilities in the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation […]

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Saudis convict terror cell plotting attacks on U.S. forces

The al-Udeid U.S. air base south of Doha. / Rabih Moghrabi / AFP

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar has been linked to a plot to attack U.S. military forces in the Gulf. A court in Saudi Arabia convicted and sentenced 13 people alleged to have formed an Al Qaida cell. The […]

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Qatar emerging as top client for U.S. advanced military platforms despite radical ties

Qatar ordered 10 PAC-3 ballistic missile defense batteries

Special to WASHINGTON — Qatar became the leading U.S. defense client in 2014. Significantly, among the Gulf Arab states, Qatar has the closest ties with Iran, Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials said Qatar ordered a third of U.S. […]

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Report: Competition for Qatari funds breeds ‘greater levels of violence’ in Jerusalem

Israeli police at scene of car attack in Jerusalem on Oct. 22. / Abir Sultan / EPA

Special to JERUSALEM — Rival Palestinian movements have been competing for funds from Qatar, a report said. The Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs asserted that Fatah and Hamas were vying for support from Qatar. In a report, the center […]

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‘Foreign hands’: Egypt’s Sisi declares state of emergency in Sinai after two attacks kill 31 soldiers

"We must know that this terrorist attack was supported by foreign hands to defeat the military, which has been protecting the Egyptian people and their will," President Abdul Fatah Al Sisi said on Oct. 25.

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has imposed a state of emergency in the Sinai Peninsula. The government approved a state of emergency in Sinai after at least 31 Egyptian Army soldiers were killed in two attacks. The attacks on […]

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Poll of legal Gulf Arab residents negative to U.S., backs peace with Israel


Special to WASHINGTON — A poll has reported that most Gulf Arab nationals support peace with Israel and oppose the United States. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy commissioned a poll in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and the United […]

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Gulf Arab allies ask U.S. to stop talking about their role in war on ISIL

Saudi jet fighters. / Fayez Nureldine / AFP / Getty Images

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has stopped providing details of Arab participation in the coalition against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. Officials said Arab partners in the coalition against ISIL no longer wanted Washington to release […]

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Gulf states planning first major construction development since 2008

Kuwait / Reuters

Special to ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council plans to launch an ambitious development plan, a report said. MEED Projects said that the six-member GCC would award $180 billion for construction in 2014. MEED said the development plan […]

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