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Saudi Arabia and the UAE have been dealing with a pair of controversial Washington lobbyists to sway the US government to sanction Qatar, an explosive new report has revealed.

This marks the first time a country other than Russia reportedly offered assistance to help Donald Trump win the US presidency.

Top Emirati air force commander revealed as American mercenary

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Top Emirati air force commander revealed as American mercenary

Boom and bust: A UAE commander has been revealed as former US military officer and breast enhancement salesman Stephen Toumajan.

Saudi Arabia 'willing to send troops' to Syria: FM

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Saudi Arabia 'willing to send troops' to Syria: FM

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said the kingdom is willing to send troops to Syria as part of a wider coalition, if proposed, according to ...

Washington seeking Arab force to replace Syria presence: report

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Washington seeking Arab force to replace Syria presence: report

President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed interest in extricating the US from its foreign entanglements.

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Mueller 'foreign meddling' probe expands into UAE campaign-influencing allegations

Mueller, the special counsel, is looking at claims the UAE funnelled money to Donald Trump's campaign team during his successful election bid.

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US investigating possible UAE attempts to buy Trump influence

The Mueller investigation team is looking at possible attempts by the UAE to gain influence in the US, as the swoop on foreign interference in ...

Tom Charles

UAE can't replicate Manchester City's easy victories

Comment: Moving up the regional league table will be tough with rulers known for foul play, writes Tom Charles.

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Blood-rusted Sword: MbS 'using elite force' to detain princes

Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is using an elite force from the National Guard to suppress dissent in the royal ...

<em>Blackwater</em> founder says mercenaries should tackle Libya migrant crisis

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Blackwater founder says mercenaries should tackle Libya migrant crisis

Founder of private military company Blackwater, Erik Prince, has suggested mercenaries should police migrants within Libya, saying his ...

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Saudi FM: Hariri free to leave 'whenever he wants'

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 ...

Saudi Arabia 'employing <em>Blackwater</em> mercenaries to guard Hariri'

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Saudi Arabia 'employing Blackwater mercenaries to guard Hariri'

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

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

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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, ...

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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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 ...

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