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Saudi's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir insisted that Hariri, who is a dual Saudi-Lebanese citizen "moves freely as a Saudi citizen and is able to leave whenever he wants".

Lebanon's president has accused Saudi Arabia of having "detained" Prime Minister Saad Hariri and using a notorious private security contractor to guard him.

Lebanon president says Saudi has 'detained' PM Hariri Lebanon president says Saudi has 'detained' PM Hariri

The New Arab

Lebanon president says Saudi has 'detained' PM Hariri

Lebanon's President Michel Aoun on Wednesday said Saad Hariri's failure to return to his country amounted to his detention in Saudi Arabia, contrary to the Vienna Convention.

UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with <em>Blackwater</em>-linked mercenaries'

The New Arab

UAE 'planned to invade Qatar with Blackwater-linked mercenaries'

Qatar's former deputy prime minister has accused the United Arab Emirates of plotting to invade Doha with an army of mercenaries.

Sudanese activists fear lifting sanctions will 'greenlight' regime atrocities

Matt Broomfield

Sudanese activists fear lifting sanctions will 'greenlight' regime atrocities

In-depth: Sudanese activists have told The New Arab of their fears the Sudanese regime will step up human rights violations now US sanctions ...

James Snell

America first, everywhere else second, Afghanistan last

Comment: The White House has finally announced a strategy in Afghanistan, but the risk of an outsourced, mercenary approach is not off the cards, writes James Snell.

The New Arab

Trump set to outline new US strategy for Afghanistan

President Donald Trump is set to outline the Washington's latest strategy on Afghanistan following months of deliberation and policy review.

The New Arab & agencies

Trump mulls new US strategy in Afghanistan

In-depth: Trump has assembled his national security team at Camp David as the administration remains split over what stance to adopt on the ...

The New Arab

US court overturns Blackwater guard's conviction over Baghdad massacre

A US appeals court has overturned a former Blackwater guard's conviction over the massacre of 17 unarmed Iraqis in Baghdad in 2007.

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Tristan Dunning

Deconstructing the idea of foreign fighters in Syria

Comment: Facile interpretations of jihadist motivations are dangerous and counterproductive, writes Tristan Dunning.

Robert Cusack

IS suicide bombers target Iraqi base outside Baghdad

Two IS suicide bombers were able to infiltrate territory controlled by the Iraqi army to detonate explosives inside a security base only 50km ...

Libya strongman in UAE for talks on military 'cooperation'

The New Arab & agencies

Libya strongman in UAE for talks on military 'cooperation'

Libyan strongman Khalifa Haftar has met with UAE leaders for talks on military cooperation, state media said Sunday, days after announcing the ...

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

David Isenberg

Erik Prince to Prince Zayed: The private military connection

Erik Prince is back. He's not only pitching colonial capitalism in DC, but huckstering ex-SF-led armies of sepoys to wrest Afghanistan, Yemen ...

The UAE is 'employing' <em>Blackwater</em> to run its army

The New Arab

The UAE is 'employing' Blackwater to run its army

Reports are emerging of ex-Blackwater CEO's increasing involvement in the UAE's military affairs, with few, if any, UAE citizens ...

Iraqi lawmakers demand inquiry into '<em>Blackwater</em>-linked' security firm

The New Arab

Iraqi lawmakers demand inquiry into 'Blackwater-linked' security firm

Iraqi parliamentarians have called on Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi to scrap contracts with a US company over alleged connections to the ...

Diana Alghoul

Syrian regime media says The White Helmets are 'Illuminati'

Pro-Assad media outlets - notorious for spinning elaborate conspiracy theories - have again attacked Syria's civil rescue team The White Helmets, accusing them of being part of a global conspiracy.

The New Arab

Iraqi government 'hires American mercenaries to secure Baghdad-Amman highway'

"The provincial government and the central government have contracted with private security police to secure the international road and control ...

Marc Cher-Leparrain

The UAE has it in for the Muslim Brotherhood

The long read: UAE foreign policy has been actively fighting political Islam in all its forms, pitting the Emirates directly against Qatar and ...

The New Arab

Operation Fallujah: 240 airstrikes in nine days

Video: The battle to re-take control of a major Iraqi Islamic State group stronghold intensifies, as rights activists raise alarm over the ...

Iraq forces push into streets of IS-held Fallujah Iraq forces push into streets of IS-held Fallujah

The New Arab

Iraq forces push into streets of IS-held Fallujah

Led by an elite counter-terrorism unit, Iraqi forces have pushed deeper into IS-held Fallujah, marking a new and potentially perilous urban ...

Al-Araby al-Jadeed staff

Bombing targets Yemen's foreign ministry in Aden

The Yemeni foreign ministry in the southern port city of Aden was the target of a bomb attack on Wednesday night, with the scale of the damage ...

US private security contractors 'return to Iraq'

Othman al-Mukhtar

US private security contractors 'return to Iraq'

An Iraqi military source says that private security contractors are once again operating in Iraq, performing a variety of functions from ...

<em>Blackwater</em> guards jailed for 30 years over Iraq murders

AAAJ and agencies

Blackwater guards jailed for 30 years over Iraq murders

A former Blackwater guard was sentenced to life in prison and three others received 30-year sentences for their roles in a 2007 mass ...

'<em>Blackwater</em>' to protect road between Baghdad and Amman

Othman al-Mukhtar

'Blackwater' to protect road between Baghdad and Amman

Private US-based companies will attempt to restore security for the transport of oil and western diplomatic missions.

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