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Egypt hints Qatar involved in attack that killed 22 soldiers near Libyan border

Egyptian army soldiers inspect the site of an attack in al-Wadi al-Gadid, close to the El-Farafrah oasis, in the western desert, some 630 kms west of Cairo, near the frontier with Libya.  /AFP/STR

Special to CAIRO — Egypt has concluded that a foreign intelligence agency could have helped a major Al Qaida-aligned attack on the military near the Libyan border. The Egyptian Interior Ministry said a foreign intelligence agency was believed responsible […]

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The Middle East through Thomas Friedman’s looking glass


Special to Thomas Friedman’s article is a reflection of an inverted world where minor, secondary characters are villains, where genuine villains never appear at the scene, and people are united by good intentions and ties of friendship. By Alexander […]

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Qatar acquires U.S. PAC-3s, Apache copters in $11 billion deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar State Defense Minister Hamad Bin Ali Al Attiyah.  /AP/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Special to WASHINGTON — Qatar has signed agreements to acquire aircraft and missiles from the United States. The Gulf Cooperation Council emirate signed a Letter of Offer and Acceptance for the procurement of the PAC-3 air and missile defense […]

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Qatar joins other Gulf Arab states planning investments in Russia

Russian Direct Investment Fund chief executive officer Kirill Dmitriev

Special to MOSCOW — Qatar is planning a major investment in Russia. A senior official said Qatar would become the latest Gulf Cooperation Council state to invest in Russia. The official said the Qatar Investment Authority has allocated $2 […]

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Qatar expels Brotherhood leaders under pressure from Saudis, Egypt

Yusef Qaradawi

Special to CAIRO — Qatar is said to have expelled at least three leaders of Egypt’s ousted Muslim Brotherhood movement. An Egyptian daily reported that the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate has expelled or forced out a range of Brotherhood […]

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Qatar, under heat from neighbors, expel Brotherhood leaders to Libya


Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar, under pressure from the Arab League, is said to have expelled the Muslim Brotherhood. Diplomatic sources said Doha deported dozens of exiled Brotherhood leaders who escaped Egypt in 2013. The sources said the […]

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Qatar trains Palestinians in Gaza to provide security for it VIPs

Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf.  /AFP/Getty Images/Anwar Amro

Special to GAZA CITY — Qatar has hosted training of Palestinian fighters from the Gaza Strip. Palestinian sources said Qatar was training Palestinians in combat skills for paramilitary and other roles. The sources said most of the Palestinians were […]

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Britain eyes permanent post-Afghan presence in the Persian Gulf

British Defense Secretary Philip Hammond.  /Getty Images

Special to ABU DHABI — Britain has been searching for a permanent military presence in the Gulf. Officials said the British military was seeking to transfer assets from Afghanistan to allies in the Gulf Cooperation Council. The officials said […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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