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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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War Council: U.S. plots an expansion of the war on ISIL at ‘historic’ gathering


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States is working to expand coalition operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Levant. The military’s Central Command has launched a military planning conference to determine doctrine and methods to defeat ISIL in […]

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As U.S. shifts toward Iran, Bahrain turns to Russia for arms


Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain, which hosts the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, is preparing for the delivery of Russian weapons. Bahrain began to examine a rapprochement with Russia in 2012 in wake of U.S. weapons sanctions over its […]

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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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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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IISS: The U.S. withdrawal from Gulf led to Mideast cold war, rise of ISIL

Toby Dodge

Special to ABU DHABI — The United States decision to withdraw from the Gulf has had major consequences, a leading analyst said. A senior fellow of the International Institute of Strategic Studies said that Washington decided to reduce its […]

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Bahrain accuses Qatar buying loyalty of Sunni tribes

Bahraini Prime Minister Prince Khalifa Bin Salman Al Khalifa

Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain has declared an alert amid tension in the Gulf. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom has placed its military and security forces on alert amid concern of renewed Sunni unrest. The threat was said […]

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Egypt chooses Gulf state firms for $4 billion Suez expansion

Egypt is eyeing a 2016 completion date for its expansion of the Suez Cana.

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has awarded contracts to Gulf Arab companies for the expansion of the Suez Canal. The Cairo government has awarded major contracts for the construction of a parallel canal in Suez to companies from several […]

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Bahrainis warns parents: Al Qaida recruiting youths in mosques, gyms and ‘no one is returning’

Bahraini parliamentarian Abdul Halim Al Murad

Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain lawmakers have issued an alert about the work of Al Qaida recruiters for the war in Iraq and Syria. Officials said Al Qaida networks were offering young Muslims salaries and other benefits to […]

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Bahrain expels U.S. diplomat for meeting with Iran-backed opposition

U.S. Assistant Secretary
of State Tomasz Malinowski

Special to ABU DHABI — Bahrain, after years of warnings, has expelled a leading U.S. diplomat for links with the Iranian-backed Shi’ite opposition. The Gulf Cooperation Council kingdom declared U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Tomasz Malinowski persona non grata. […]

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