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Apr 16, 2014

Yemen’s al Qaeda leader vows to attack America in new video

DUBAI (Reuters) – The leader of Al Qaeda’s wing in Yemen has vowed to attack the United States, in a video apparently showing a gathering of the group celebrating a mass jailbreak of fighters.

In February, attackers mounted a bomb, grenade and gun assault on the main prison in Sanaa in which 29 inmates, including 19 jailed for terrorism-related crimes, escaped.

Mar 12, 2014

Saudi listing of Brotherhood as terrorist group complicates Gulf ties

DUBAI/KUWAIT (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s fierce campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood, already on the run in its Egyptian birthplace, has divided a Gulf Arab bloc, causing discomfort in some member states where the Islamist group is embedded in daily politics.

Feuding with Qatar over Islam’s place in a turbulent Arab world, Riyadh recalled its ambassador from Doha last week and branded the Brotherhood, a Qatari ally, a terrorist group.

Feb 23, 2014

Yemen’s federal plan a bold idea, but many hurdles remain

DUBAI (Reuters) – The ink was barely dry on President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi’s plan to stabilize chaotic Yemen before the objections started pouring in.

Leader of a nation seemingly on the brink of breakdown for years, Hadi had hoped he could appease rival political groups by creating a federal state of six regions that would give each more say over political, social, economic and security affairs.

Jan 19, 2014

With eye on troubled region, UAE plans military service for men

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will introduce compulsory military service for young Emirati men, it said on Sunday, a move highlighting the Gulf state’s concern over turmoil in its neighborhood.

The UAE, a federation of seven emirates with mostly an expatriate population, faces no immediate threats from neighbors and has been spared militant attacks that have afflicted other countries such as Saudi Arabia.

Jan 15, 2014

Insight: Maliki consolidates power, fails to reconcile Iraqis

BAGHDAD/DUBAI (Reuters) – Nuri al-Maliki’s political skills have kept him at the pinnacle of power in Iraq since 2006, but the Shi’ite Muslim leader has yet to heal the wounds of a country traumatized by tyranny, occupation and communal strife.

His critics say he has exacerbated that legacy by gaining undue control over the army, police and security services and using them freely against Sunni Muslim and other political foes, while allowing grave abuses in prisons and detention centers.

Dec 13, 2013

In Yemen, al Qaeda gains sympathy amid U.S. drone strikes

SANAA (Reuters) – On January 23, science teacher Ali Nasser al-Qawli had finished supervising school exams in the Yemeni village of Khawlan and was enjoying an afternoon with friends when he encountered the strangers.

They wanted a lift in a taxi Qawli and his nephew were in. A while later, locals say, an American aircraft fired missiles at the vehicle.

Dec 13, 2013

Insight: In Yemen, al Qaeda gains sympathy amid U.S. drone strikes

SANAA (Reuters) – On January 23, science teacher Ali Nasser al-Qawli had finished supervising school exams in the Yemeni village of Khawlan and was enjoying an afternoon with friends when he encountered the strangers.

They wanted a lift in a taxi Qawli and his nephew were in. A while later, locals say, an American aircraft fired missiles at the vehicle.

Dec 8, 2013

Iran, Saudi strategists spar, swap ideas, over Gulf security

MANAMA (Reuters) – Invoking religious faith and desert folklore, Gulf Arab officials proclaim wariness about a possible thaw in relations between their ally the United States and regional rival Iran.

A former Iranian official says the Islamic Republic and its neighbours should learn peaceful coexistence, without Gulf Arabs relying on the West for security. U.S.-Iranian d├ętente could bolster stability from north Africa to central Asia, he says.

Dec 8, 2013

Al Qaeda thrives in Yemen amid weak security, stalled dialogue

MANAMA (Reuters) – Brazen al Qaeda attacks on top government targets in Yemen are unlikely to abate while security services remain divided, ill-equipped and infiltrated by militants, and efforts to repair the country’s fractured political life remain stalled.

An al Qaeda-affiliated group attacked the defense ministry in Sanaa on Thursday, killing 56 people, in a harsh reminder that extremist groups are able to operate in heavily secured areas of the capital despite a security crackdown.

Dec 7, 2013

Qatar pushes for Gulf Arab inclusion in Iran talks

MANAMA (Reuters) – Gulf Arab states must have a seat at nuclear talks between world powers and neighbouring Iran because of their own stake in regional stability, Qatar’s foreign minister said on Saturday.

Gulf Arab capitals cautiously welcomed an interim nuclear accord between Tehran and six powers agreed on November 24, but some officials said Western allies had not briefed them adequately on a deal central to regional as well as global security.