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Apr 29, 2013

In changing region, U.S. committed to military ties with Gulf Arabs

DUBAI/WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Washington is signaling its military commitment to its Gulf Arab allies at a time of unfamiliar strain in their decades old partnership.

Syria’s civil war and Iran’s nuclear program have led to tensions, with Gulf Arab states willing a more assertive U.S. response to bring Iran to heel and force Syrian President Bashar al-Assad from power. Growing U.S. energy independence has further complicated a relationship founded on oil and defense.

Apr 3, 2013
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Dubai police chief says Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in the Gulf

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(Dubai’s police chief Dhahi Khalfan poses at his office during an interview with Reuters in Dubai April 2, 2013. REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah)

Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi’ite neighbour Iran, but Dubai’s veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the “dictators” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Apr 3, 2013

Muslim Brotherhood sows subversion in Gulf: Dubai police chief

DUBAI (Reuters) – Sunni Muslim-ruled Gulf Arab states are often wary of subversion from their powerful Shi’ite neighbor Iran, but Dubai’s veteran police chief reserves most of his wrath for the “dictators” of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dhahi Khalfan’s suspicions focus mostly on the Egyptian branch of the Sunni Islamist organization, propelled to power in the most populous Arab country in elections since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak in a popular uprising in 2011.

Mar 27, 2013

Syrian opposition chief stakes out independent line

DOHA (Reuters) – Could the head of Syria’s fractious opposition achieve the seemingly impossible – build a unified movement capable of toppling President Bashar al-Assad, without becoming beholden to foreign powers or a particular sect or ideology?

An assertive performance at an Arab summit in Qatar this week showed that independent-minded Moaz Alkhatib is prepared to take risks in pursuit of this goal, banking on populist rhetoric and his personal popularity inside Syria.

Mar 27, 2013

Exclusive: Rebuff of missile request helps Assad-Syria opposition leader

DOHA (Reuters) – The refusal of international powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib said on Wednesday

Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties for the time being.

Mar 27, 2013

Rebuff of missile request helps Assad-Syria opposition leader

DOHA, March 27 (Reuters) – The refusal of international
powers to provide Patriot missile support for rebel-held areas
of northern Syria sends a message to President Bashar al-Assad
to “do what you want”, Syrian opposition leader Moaz Alkhatib
said on Wednesday

Alkhatib, a popular figure in the opposition, also said he
would not rescind his resignation as leader of the main
anti-Assad alliance but he would still perform leadership duties
for the time being.

Mar 1, 2013

Exclusive: Chinese trader accused of busting Iran missile embargo

By William Maclean and Ben Blanchard

(Reuters) – A Chinese businessman indicted in the United States over sales of missile parts to Iran is still making millions of dollars from the trade, say security officials who monitor compliance with Western and U.N. sanctions.

These officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the businessman, Li Fangwei, has earned at least $10 million from illegal sales to Iran since his indictment by the New York County District Attorney in 2009.

Feb 17, 2013

Analysis: Rise of Islamists frays strategic UAE-Egyptian relations

DUBAI (Reuters) – Days before his overthrow, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak received a senior visitor from the United Arab Emirates (UAE), one of several Gulf monarchies long supportive of the most Arab populous country and its veteran strongman.

What transpired between Mubarak and Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al-Nahayan is not known, beyond the fact that a letter from UAE ruler Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed al-Nahayan was delivered.

Sep 18, 2012

UK spy agency tests Britons’ cyber skills

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s largest spy service, losing cyber specialists to better-paying private employers, unveiled an online security competition open to all Britons on Wednesday to identify future espionage recruits and raise awareness of cyber attacks.

The Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) said those aged 16 or over and not already working in cyber security could apply to test their ability to guard a computer network but only 150 contestants at most would be eventually allowed to compete.

Aug 2, 2012

Analysis: Syrian army faces tough battle in Aleppo

LONDON (Reuters) – The Syrian army’s brisk recapture of parts of Damascus is unlikely to be repeated in Aleppo, where open rebel supply lines, hard-to-assail narrow streets and an apparent lack of elite manpower will limit its commanders’ options.

The struggle in parts of Aleppo held by insurgents is likely to be more protracted than last month’s battles in the capital, inflicting further bloodshed and damage on Syria’s largest city and driving more of the population out, analysts say.