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Jul 1, 2013

UAE to issue verdicts for 94 defendants seeking to seize power

DUBAI (Reuters) – A United Arab Emirates court will deliver verdicts on Tuesday in the case of 94 Emiratis charged with plotting to overthrow the government, a sensitive case reflecting the authorities’ deep mistrust of Islamist groups after the Arab Spring.

Dozens of people have been detained in a crackdown on Islamists in the past year amid heightened worries among officials about a spillover of unrest in other Arab countries.

Jun 23, 2013

France says Syrian rebels need to wrest areas from radicals

DOHA (Reuters) – Syrian rebels need to wrest back control of territory held by Islamist militants whose involvement in the conflict gives Bashar al-Assad a pretext for more violence, French President Francois Hollande said on Sunday.

Radical Islamist groups such as the al Qaeda-linked Nusra Front have joined in fighting against the Syrian president’s forces in the conflict which has killed more than 90,000 people and displaced millions.

Jun 23, 2013

Western, Arab states to step up Syrian rebel support

DOHA (Reuters) – International opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed on Saturday to give urgent military support to Western-backed rebels, aiming to stem a counter-offensive by Assad’s forces and offset the growing power of jihadist fighters.

Assad’s recapture of the strategic border town of Qusair, spearheaded by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, and an expected assault on the divided northern city of Aleppo have alarmed supporters of the Syrian opposition.

Jun 22, 2013

Kerry presses Taliban to revive Afghan peace bid

DOHA (Reuters) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry put the onus on the Taliban to revive stalled efforts to end Afghanistan’s 12-year-old war and warned the militants on Saturday they might lose their new office in Qatar if the peace bid collapsed.

U.S. officials were due to hold preliminary discussions with the Taliban in Qatar last Thursday – but they were called off after the Afghan government objected to the fanfare surrounding the militants’ opening of an office in the Gulf state.

Jun 22, 2013

Friends of Syria agree to supply urgent rebel aid

DOHA (Reuters) – Western and Arab opponents of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed on Saturday to give urgent military support to Western-backed rebels, aiming to stem a counter-offensive by Assad’s forces and offset the growing power of jihadist fighters.

Assad’s recapture of the strategic border town of Qusair, spearheaded by Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas, and an expected assault on the divided northern city of Aleppo have alarmed supporters of the Syrian opposition.

Jun 22, 2013

Kerry seeks to coordinate aid to Syrian rebels

DOHA (Reuters) – Washington wants Western and Arab allies to commit to directing all aid to Syrian rebels through the Western-backed Supreme Military Council, a senior U.S. official said before talks in Qatar on Saturday, to try to reduce the power of jihadi groups.

Speaking before U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Doha for the meeting with European and Arab foreign ministers, the official said the United States was also seeking to ensure that aid promises for the tens of thousands of refugees fleeing the conflict are honored.

Jun 19, 2013

UAE will try 30 Emiratis, Egyptians for illegal Brotherhood cell

DUBAI (Reuters) – The United Arab Emirates said on Wednesday it would put on trial 30 Emiratis and Egyptians accused of setting up an illegal branch of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, part of a crackdown on the Islamist organization that has soured relations with Cairo.

Ties between Egypt and the UAE have been strained since the revolution that toppled veteran Egyptian ruler Hosni Mubarak, a long-time Gulf ally, in 2011, and the Muslim Brotherhood’s subsequent rise to power.

Jun 19, 2013

Taliban host Qatar pushes to forefront of Afghan peace broking

DUBAI (Reuters) – Qatar’s hosting of a Taliban office for peace talks with the United States is the latest in a series of foreign policy gambits stretching over a decade – some peace-broking efforts, but others, notably in Libya and Syria, involving armed support.

U.S. officials are expected to meet delegates from the Afghan Islamist insurgency in the Qatari capital Doha on Thursday to try to advance peace efforts in Afghanistan, where the United States has battled the insurgents for 12 years.

May 10, 2013

UAE defendants deny Islamist plot, demand abuse inquiry

DUBAI (Reuters) – Islamists charged with a coup plot in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have said they were abused in custody and, in a statement on social media, demanded an independent inquiry.

The trial of 94 Emiratis, which began in March, is seen as an attempt by the U.S.-allied Gulf Arab state to address what it says is a security threat from the banned Muslim Brotherhood.

May 6, 2013

Bahraini lawmakers call on U.S. envoy to end “interference”

DUBAI (Reuters) – Bahraini lawmakers have urged the government to stop the U.S. ambassador in Bahrain from “interfering in domestic affairs” and meeting government opponents, newspaper reports and a lawmaker in the U.S.-allied Gulf state said on Monday.

The reports said the government had agreed to the proposal and would take diplomatic measures, but it was not immediately clear what those steps would entail.