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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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Qatar bows to heavy pressure from Arab neighbors against Muslim Brotherhood

Cleric Wagdi Ghaneim was among the Muslim Brotherhood members told to leave Qatar.

Special to CAIRO — Qatar, under heavy pressure from Arab states, has demanded the departure of seven leading members of the Egyptian-based Muslim Brotherhood. Brotherhood sources said the Gulf Cooperation Council emirate has informed seven MB operatives that they […]

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U.S. backing called key for Qatar’s covert dealings with terror groups, Iran

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with Qatari Foreign Minister Khalid Bin al Attiyah.

Special to TEL AVIV — Qatar has become a major player in the Arab world because of its pro-Islamist policy and support by the United States, a report said. The Institute for National Security Studies asserted that Qatar […]

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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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Shipment from Qatar inaugurates new Chinese LNG terminal

Qatargas delivered the first cargo of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) to China National Oil Corporation's (CNOOC) Hainan LNG terminal.

Special to ABU DHABI — Qatar has delivered its first cargo of liquefied natural gas to a leading Chinese terminal. QatarGas said it shipped LNG to the Hainan terminal, operated by China National Oil Corp. QatarGas said the shipment […]

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Domestic U.S. gas production boom allows sharp cuts in LNG imports from Qatar


Special to WASHINGTON — The United States has significantly reduced liquefied natural gas exports from Qatar. The U.S. Energy Information Administration said both the United States and the European Union have recorded a significant decrease in Qatari LNG. In […]

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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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