Aug 24 (Reuters) – Al Qaeda-linked militants in Syria on
Sunday freed an American writer missing since 2012 following
what officials said were efforts by the Gulf Arab state of Qatar
to win his release.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a statement that
Peter Theo Curtis had been held by Nusra Front, al Qaeda’s
official wing in Syria whose rivalry with militant group Islamic
State has fueled war among the insurgents themselves.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The Mosul Dam was always meant to be a symbol of Iraq’s grandiose ambition to escape poverty and underdevelopment.
But from the start, the $1.5 billion barrier north of the city was beset with significant engineering problems, now made worse after it became the center of a battle between Islamist insurgents and U.S. and Iraqi forces.
ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) – Yemen’s al Qaeda wing has ordered men and women in the east to obey its strict interpretation of Islamic law, saying it aimed to set up an emirate in the remote area, local media and a resident said.
The announcement by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) will stoke concerns about the territorial ambitions of militant groups weeks after al Qaeda offshoot Islamic State declared its own caliphate across parts of Syria and Iraq.
SANAA/DUBAI, July 21 (Reuters) – A clampdown on state
spending was an effort by Yemen’s government this month to win
public support before its biggest economic reform in years:
higher fuel prices. But an angry public may not be won over.
In the capital Sanaa, where roads to petrol stations have
been choked for months by queues of cars waiting for scarce fuel
supplies, the frustration is palpable.
DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahrain interrogated its top opposition leader on Wednesday after expelling a senior U.S. diplomat for meeting him, a remarkable slap at Washington from the ally that hosts the U.S. Navy’s Middle East fleet.
U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Tom Malinowski left Bahrain late on Tuesday, the U.S. embassy said, after the foreign ministry ordered him out because he had “intervened flagrantly” in the country’s internal affairs by “holding meetings with one party”.
AL-MAHFAD, Yemen, (Reuters) – At first glance, the neat handwriting in blue ink could be from a school notebook.
Prise apart the pages – stuck together by sand and water – and it becomes clear that the book belonged to a militant from al Qaeda. Discarded in shrubbery in the mountains of southern Yemen, it covers everything from the principles of a raid – “Surprise, firepower, a sacrificial spirit, quick performance” – to the ultimate goal: “Establishing an Islamic state that rules by Islamic Sharia law.”
DUBAI (Reuters) – The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot now calling itself the Islamic State has called on Muslims worldwide to take up arms and flock to the ‘caliphate’ it has declared on captured Syrian and Iraqi soil.
Proclaiming a “new era” in which Muslims will ultimately triumph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi issued the call to jihad – holy war – in an audio message lasting nearly 20 minutes that was posted online on Tuesday.
DUBAI (Reuters) – The leader of the al Qaeda offshoot that has taken control of parts of Iraq and Syria has urged Muslims around the world to fight to avenge wrongs committed against their religion.
Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, head of the group that now calls itself the Islamic State, issued the call to jihad – holy war – in an audio message lasting nearly 20 minutes that was posted online on Tuesday.
DUBAI, June 10 (Reuters) – A proposal to set up a Saudi
Arabian sovereign wealth fund attracted debate at a meeting of
the kingdom’s influential Shura council advisory body but failed
to yield a result, state media reported on Tuesday.
A report by the council’s financial committee has said the
National Reserve Fund, which would invest part of the kingdom’s
vast hydrocarbon wealth, would build on its financial stability.
RIYADH/DUBAI, June 8 (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s Shura
Council, an influential advisory body to the government, will
discuss a proposal for the country to establish a sovereign
wealth fund that would invest some of its vast oil earnings,
local media reported.
The National Reserve Fund would “guarantee the financial
stability of the kingdom” by investing its reserves, Saad Mareq,
head of the council’s financial committee, was quoted as telling
the pan-Arab Asharq al-Awsat daily on Saturday.