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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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Qatar gets one of first Lockheed Martin night-vision systems for Apaches

Lockheed Martin's Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (circled).

Special to WASHINGTON — Lockheed Martin has provided details of an aerospace contract with Qatar’s military. L-M said it was awarded a $90.6 million contract to supply the Qatar Emiri Air Force with night-vision sensors. Under the award from […]

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Qatar leads all donors with $1 billion pledge to rebuild Gaza Strip

Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin Mohammed Al Attiyah

Special to CAIRO — Qatar, which hosts the Hamas leadership, has offered the highest pledge to finance the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip. The Gulf Cooperation Council emirate pledged $1 billion to rebuild the Gaza Strip in wake of […]

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Qatar and Turkey — backers of Muslim Brotherhood — formalize strategic ties

Qatari Emir Tamim meets with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in Doha on Sept. 15.  /AA photo

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar and Turkey, the two leading supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, have formed a strategic alliance. Qatar and Turkey agreed to establish a strategic cooperation council that would enhance coordination in the Middle East. […]

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Libya threatens to ‘sever relations’ with Qatar over arms delivery to Islamist rebels

Libyan Prime Minister Abdullah Al Thinni.  /AFP

Special to CAIRO — Qatar has sent weapons to Islamist rebels in Libya. Officials said Qatar sent three military air transports to an airport near the Libyan capital of Tripoli. They said the weapons were unloaded by a major […]

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