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Centcom chief boosts military ties with Qatar despite its split with Gulf allies over Iran

American military planes and support facilities are seen at the Al Udeid Air Base outside Doha, Qatar. /AP

Special to WASHINGTON — The United States does not expect Qatar’s crisis with the Gulf Cooperation Council to hamper military relations. Officials said the GCC’s unofficial boycott of Qatar would not harm U.S. efforts to bolster the six-member Gulf Arab alliance. The officials said Qatar, despite its confrontation with Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the [...]

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Gulf tensions rise: UAE official claims Qatar is UAE’s ‘eighth emirate’

UAE security chief Gen. Dahi Khalfan

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar has been threatened by a Gulf Cooperation Council neighbor. The United Arab Emirates has claimed that Qatar was part of the emirates. A senior official said Qatar represented the eighth emirate of the UAE. “We must put up signs on our borders with Qatar stating: ‘You are now [...]

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‘Very little money arrived’: Hamas gets stiffed by key allies Turkey and Qatar

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan, right, with Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. /AP

Special to GAZA CITY — The Hamas regime has been hampered by the failure of Qatar and Turkey to relay massive aid to the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said Hamas failed to garner significant financial assistance from either Ankara or Doha. The sources said the two Sunni Muslim states, despite their rhetoric, did not [...]

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Report: Gulf Arab alliance split over Qatar’s backing of Iran and Muslim Brotherhood

Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Faisal bin Abdulaziz attends the 130th meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Gulf Cooperation Council in Riyadh, March 4.  /Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

Special to TEL AVIV — The Gulf Cooperation Council could collapse amid its crisis with Qatar, a report said. The Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies asserted that Saudi Arabia could lose its domination of the six-member GCC. In a report, the center said Riyad faced significant opposition to its policies from Oman and Qatar. [...]

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Gulf Arab states weigh sanctions on ‘sisterly’ Qatar for its drift into Iran orbit

Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani attends the Gulf Cooperation Council summit at the Bayan Royal Palace in Kuwait City, on December 10, 2013 . /AFP

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar could face Gulf Cooperation Council sanctions amid its support of Hizbullah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials and analysts said Qatar could be penalized by the GCC for Doha’s support of groups deemed threats to the region. [See also: Breaking bad: Qatar splits with Gulf neighbors over Iran in [...]

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Breaking bad: Qatar splits with Gulf neighbors over Iran in blow to U.S. strategy


Special to WASHINGTON — The unprecedented crisis among the Gulf Arab states threatens U.S. military support to its Arab allies, a report said. The Washington Institute for Near East Policy said the confrontation between three Gulf Cooperation Council states and Qatar would “complicate” efforts by the United States to integrate Gulf Arab strategy. The [...]

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Gulf states split with Qatar over its support for Muslim Brotherhood

Qatari Emir Tamim Bin Hamad

Special to ABU DHABI — The Gulf Cooperation Council has sparked a crisis with Qatar over its hosting of the Muslim Brotherhood. At least three GCC states have withdrawn their ambassadors from Qatar in protest of the emirate’s support of the Brotherhood. Diplomats said Doha dismissed a GCC assessment that the Brotherhood sought to [...]

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Qatar offers to hire 20,000 university-educated Palestinians

Palestinian Labor Minister Ahmed

Special to RAMALLAH — Qatar has agreed to recruit tens of thousands of Palestinians. The Palestinian Authority said Qatar would recruit 20,000 Palestinians to work in the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate. The PA Labor Ministry said Doha would employ skilled Palestinians for long-term contracts. “The responsibilities of the Labor Ministry, in efforts aimed at [...]

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Report IDs 3 Gulf states that succeeded in containing Iran-inspired uprisings


Special to WASHINGTON — Three Gulf Cooperation Council states have maintained stable relations with its large Shi’ite minority, a report aid. The American Enterprise Institute asserted that Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates have avoided Shi’ite unrest believed instigated by Iran. In a report, the institute said the large Shi’ite communities have been [...]

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Hamas regime gets gas for Gaza from Qatar via Israel after 1-year delay

The Gaza Strip's sole power plant.

Special to GAZA CITY — After nearly a year, the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip has finally acquired natural gas from Qatar. Officials said the Hamas regime has received the first gas fuel exported by Qatar. The officials said the fuel, meant for Gaza’s sole electricity generating plant, arrived in the Gaza Strip on Dec. 15 [...]

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