Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, president of the United Arab Emirates, listens to the national anthem during a ceremony in Abu Dhabi January 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Murat Cetinmuhurdar)
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Seven men arrested last year on suspicion of planning attacks on the United Arab Emirates were jailed Monday for belonging to an Al-Qaeda network and aiding its affiliate in Syria.The UAE, an important military and business partner of the West, said at the time of the arrests in April 2013 that the men were Arab nationals who had been helping Al-Qaeda with recruitment, financing and logistical support.The nine men on trial were accused of supporting the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaeda affiliate fighting Bashar Assad's government in Syria. Other charges included forming an Al-Qaeda cell in the UAE while two of the defendants were accused of setting up websites to spread Al-Qaeda's ideology, WAM said.
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