UAE Busts Saudi-Emirati Cell Plotting 'Terror' Attacks

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UAE authorities on Wednesday announced busting a cell of Saudi and Emirati members plotting "terror" attacks in the two countries and other states.

The suspects "imported material and equipment with the aim of committing terror acts," said an official statement on WAM state news agency. The arrests came after coordination between security authorities in the two Gulf states.

The suspects were described as members of the "deviant group," a term usually used in Saudi Arabia to refer to al-Qaida-linked Islamists.

"Security authorities acted "after confirming that those elements were plotting to jeopardize security" in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and "other brother countries," the statement said, adding that they would be put on trial.

Unlike Saudi Arabia, the UAE has never seen attacks by al-Qaida, but authorities have in past months arrested dozens of Islamists accused of links to the Egypt-born Muslim Brotherhood.

In July, Abu Dhabi said it dismantled a group plotting against state security without identifying their affiliation or the number of arrests.

The prosecutor general, Salem Said Kabish, said an unspecified number of people were being questioned for having formed "a group aimed at damaging the security of the state."

WAM said at the time they were also suspected of "rejecting the constitution and the founding principles of power in the Emirates" and of having links with foreign organizations.

The United Arab Emirates is a federation of seven sheikhdoms led by oil-rich Abu Dhabi, the capital, and also comprises Ajman, Dubai, Fujairah, Ras al-Khaimah, Sharjah and Umm al-Qaiwain.

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Thumb jcamerican 26 December 2012, 17:02

It is funny, they arrest them in their countries. Yet they send them financial support and weapons as long they are away from them.

Thumb lebanon_first 26 December 2012, 17:23

I find this very weird... I thought they were close to the moslem brotherhood, Qatar is financing al qaeda in syria, and yet they arrest them...I wonder what the end game of the GCC leaders is.

Thumb lebanon_first 26 December 2012, 20:47

I know that Qatar and bandar bin sultan in saudi are the most extremist of the bunch while king abdallah of Saudi is a peace loving monarch, allah ykhalli 3ayich. Maybe the GCC is divided between qaeda trouble makers (Qatar, Bandar...) and "peace lovers" (King abdallah, Emirates)

Missing beirutbastard00 26 December 2012, 20:51

@mowaten... agreed.

Missing bigjohn 26 December 2012, 22:13

This game has been played for years by the US and its puppet allies in the middle east. Since the start of the Arab spring, the US wanted revolutions ONLY in Syria and Iran (Libya was added later). Even prior to Arab spring the US and their Arab allies supported Jihad against the Soviet Union in Afghanistan but not their allies. The end game for the Kings is to stay in power and have their population fight ANYONE other than them (even if sometimes they end up fighting their American allies unintentedly). I remember clearly in 1975, the KSA was giving money to the PLO AND the Phalangists who were fighting each other. They have always used their purse to get groups not to oppose them politically. If it was not for the gas and oil money, the illiterate kings would have been the laughing stock of the Arab world and they would not have lasted a day.

Default-user-icon + oua nabka + (Guest) 26 December 2012, 17:38

inevitabely the evil will return and make havoc with the people who are funding evil

Thumb mouallek 26 December 2012, 20:21

Inta karim bil satlaneh ! Waffer shouay aleyna. Rouh irtah!

Missing beirutbastard00 26 December 2012, 20:49

psp kamen??? uuuffff

Missing beirutbastard00 26 December 2012, 20:52

i dont get it! dont they want democracy?? lool taste of their own medicine...

Missing bigjohn 26 December 2012, 21:53

Al-Kafi...I do not know who Abu Bakr is and it does not matter. ALL RELIGIONS consider themselves right and everyone else wrong (who will not go to heaven or some other wonderful place). ALL RELIGIONS consider OTHER persons who follow a religion different than theirs as "infidels". What is important is how is practiced today. I am not aware of a single HA leader who publicly called non-Shia (living today) "infidels" . That is not the case of the Wahabi/Salafi Sunni Islamists. I strongly support a secular state and oppose ALL SECTARIAN PARTIES (even though some are worst than others)

Missing youssefhaddad 27 December 2012, 02:14

The Monster of extremism preys on Muslims mostly this is why Islamic states fight them ferociously.

Thumb kanaandian 27 December 2012, 03:01

Democracy in UAE is referred to as terrorism, same as the other Gulf states. lol. Well it really is ever so often. lol.

Default-user-icon Nooa (Guest) 27 December 2012, 09:08

Allah ye7mei el Emarat w sha3abha Ishallah God will bless this place I love this country so much it is the best country in the world.

Missing samiam 27 December 2012, 10:50

and go after HA, Amal, SSNP as persio/syrian terrorists and criminals.

or do you not like hypocritical comments that much...