The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), a regional grouping of six oil-producing countries in the Middle East, has decided to establish a joint defense system to meet what it called growing regional threats. Briefing reporters on the conclusion of a two-day GCC summit in the Bahraini capital Manama on Tuesday, Secretary-General Abdullatif Al-Zayani said the summit […]
Syrian rebels say a former army missile specialist in their ranks used captured shoulder-launched weapons to down two government aircraft in as many days last month.
Qatar has asked Syria’s newly formed opposition coalition to appoint an ambassador to the Gulf Arab state, the first Arab country to publicly announce it will accept an envoy from the body.
Hezbollah chief Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah slammed on Monday the Arab countries that “are sending arms to Syria rebels but have not sent one bullet to Gaza ” and mocked Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassem al-Thani’s comments in Cairo.
Qatar’s prime minister on Saturday slammed the Arab League meetings in Cairo, and called for a review of the pan-Arab body’s dealing with the Palestinian issue, stressing that the meetings are a waste of money and time and the statements that follow the meetings are meaningless.
Syrian opposition groups are set to resume talks in Qatar to try to form a united body in the fight against President Bashar al-Assad. Delegates were quoted as saying that main points had already been agreed. The fractious opposition has been under pressure from the US and other backers
The Syrian National Council on Friday asked for a delay to a decision on uniting President Bashar al-Assad’s foes but a major activist network quit the bloc and other groups went ahead with a unity meeting.
The head of Syria’s main opposition group has warned that those who he says are trying to undermine his Syrian National Council will inadvertently prolong the rule of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Abdelbaset Sieda’s remarks at an SNC convention came as the group pushed back against U.S. criticism
US military commanders have warned their Israeli counterparts that any action against Iran would severely limit the ability of American forces in the region to mount their own operations against the Iranian nuclear programme by cutting off vital logistical support from Gulf Arab allies.
The United States indicated on Wednesday that it was undertaking its most aggressive attempt yet to reshape the Syrian opposition, with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton dismissing the current leadership as a bunch of out-of-touch exiles who should be replaced with a group more representative