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United States

William Maclean

Jan 23 2017

Glad to see Obama go, Gulf Arabs expect Trump to counter Iran

DUBAI Gulf Arab states are quietly applauding the arrival in the White House of a hawkish leader opposed to their adversary Iran, even if they suspect Donald Trump's short temper and abrasive Tweets may at times heighten tensions in the combustible Middle East.

Dec 21 2016

Aghast at Iran's Syria gains, Gulf Arabs see potential in Trump

RIYADH "Where are you, Oh Arabs, Oh Muslims, while we are being slaughtered?"

Dec 21 2016

Aghast at Iran's Syria gains, Gulf Arabs see potential in Trump

RIYADH "Where are you, Oh Arabs, Oh Muslims, while we are being slaughtered?"

Dec 10 2016

U.S. boosts Syria anti-IS forces, urges Gulf military self-reliance

MANAMA The United States will send 200 additional military personnel including special forces to the campaign against Islamic State in Syria to create a "tornado" of pressure against the group's Raqqa hub, U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said on Saturday,

Dec 09 2016

UK's Johnson courts Gulf after Saudi comments draw putdown

MANAMA Britain's exit from the European Union will mean it can forge free trade deals with Gulf Arab allies, foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Friday in a speech also heralding closer defense ties to the conservative monarchies.

Nov 27 2016

Gaza risks becoming easy launchpad for Islamic State: Qatari minister

DOHA Palestinian infighting and years of an Israeli blockade could turn the impoverished Gaza Strip into an easy "launching pad" for Islamic State recruiters, Qatar's foreign minister says.

Nov 26 2016

Qatar will help Syrian rebels even if Trump ends U.S. role

DOHA Qatar will continue to arm Syrian rebels even if Donald Trump ends U.S. backing for the multinational effort, Doha's foreign minister said in an interview, signaling its determination to pursue a policy the U.S. President-elect may abandon.

Nov 20 2016

Rich world angst about foreigners threatens refugee aid: U.N. refugee chief

DUBAI The rise of nationalism in rich countries poses a worrying challenge to the tide of migrants fleeing wars, the U.N. refugee chief said on Sunday, urging international cooperation to manage the flows pragmatically "rather than building walls".

Nov 09 2016

Rhetoric or reality? Arabs struggle to decode Trump's Mideast rhetoric

DUBAI The future leader of the Middle East's top foreign ally is, in the words of a Saudi prince, an anti-Muslim "disgrace", openly disdainful of Arab security partnerships, who believes Saudi Arabia would cease to exist for long without the United States.

Nov 09 2016

Rhetoric or reality? Arabs struggle to decode Trump's Mideast rhetoric

DUBAI The future leader of the Middle East's top foreign ally is, in the words of a Saudi prince, an anti-Muslim "disgrace", openly disdainful of Arab security partnerships, who believes Saudi Arabia would cease to exist for long without the United States.

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