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Public tensions have died down following reports of a skirmish between Emirati and Saudi vessels that was blamed on a dispute over the route of the Dolphin pipeline which brings Qatari gas to the UAE

Saudi Arabia | United Arab Emirates (UAE) | Qatar
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Senior United States Department of Defence officials have criticised the defence industry for inadequate quality control on missile defence programmes, saying the administration planned to use more fixed-price contracts.

Issue 874 - 10 April 2010

Who's signed what? Border agreements

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Saudi-Qatar: Following several high-level meetings between Saudi Arabia and Qatar in mid-2008, both sides agreed to the delimitation of maritime borders between their countries and beyond the Khor Al-Udeid inlet (in the far south of Qatar). The minutes of the meeting of

Saudi Arabia | Qatar
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A rise in crimes such as carjacking, mugging and harassment, and continued warnings of a possible terrorist attack as AQAP regroups, are testing the international security community

Saudi Arabia
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Since the beginning of 2009, there have been signs that the long-awaited overspill of jihadist violence from Yemen into Saudi Arabia has gathered pace, leading up to last month’s Saudi offensive against militant targets in the Yemeni borderlands.

Saudi Arabia | Yemen
Issue 861 - 26 September 2009

UAE arrests suspected RAK terror cell

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When a 'terror plot' emerges everyone is quick to rush in with their interpretation of the (usually shadowy) events. "An armed cell related to a regional government" was reportedly uncovered over the summer in the northern emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah (RAK). Kuwaiti newspaper Al-Jarida,

United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue 861 - 26 September 2009

Pattern of Saudi terrorism in 2009

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The past eight months have been unusually busy for counter-terrorism in Saudi Arabia, which has been on a raised level of alert since the increase in terrorist attacks in Yemen in Q1 08.

Saudi Arabia
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The Kingdom is on high alert after the audacious assassination attempt during Ramadan – the first recorded Al-Qaeda attack on a Saudi royal in recent times – and the security focus is on the border with Yemen

Saudi Arabia | Yemen
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Among the most vocal princes in articulating Saudi anti-terrorism policy has been prominent businessman Prince Mohammed Al-Faisal. In a 2 September interview with The Washington Times -

Saudi Arabia
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Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) navies are rapidly building up powerful fleets of muscular corvettes and multi-role offshore patrol vessels, making it likely that nations such as the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Oman will soon boast the most advanced surface combatants in the region.

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Oman | United Arab Emirates (UAE)
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The emirate represents the second most threatened in the GCC after Saudi Arabia, and Kuwaitis are significantly represented among Al-Qaeda’s leadership

Kuwait
Issue 859 - 08 August 2009

Al-Houthi threat spreads

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The Al-Houthis' threat to a united Yemeni state is less well articulated than the Southern Movement's challenge to President Ali Abdullah Saleh, but it remains a major thorn in Sanaa's flesh. In spite of Qatari and domestic

Yemen
Issue 858 - 25 July 2009

A jihadist presence in Bahrain

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Like Yemen, the militant threat in Bahrain is intimately linked to Saudi Arabia. This was underlined by recent attempts to secure the extradition of three Bahrainis being held in Saudi Arabia on terrorism charges. Bahrain’s Al-Adala group (National Justice Movement) and National Detainees Committee are demanding the release of the men. The first is Guantanamo detainee Abdullah Majid Al-Naimi, who was detained by Saudi police at the King Fahd causeway on 10 October; he is one of six Bahrainis detained at Guantanamo, a surprisingly high number given Bahrain’s tiny population.

Bahrain
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Dealing with a growing number of returned prisoners from Guantanamo Bay is burdening an already complex process of putting terror suspects on trial, testing relationships between states and exacerbating sectarian rifts

Saudi Arabia | Bahrain | Yemen
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In a partial success for German and French diplomacy, this €2bn electronic security contract award is primarily a technological security decision for a project long coveted by Paris.

Saudi Arabia