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July 17, 1981

The GCC -- a new group of sparsely populated, oil-rich Gulf states -- is gaining unwanted attention from fellow Arabs. Political analysts say two members of the Gulf Cooperation Council are feeling new political pressures, perhaps because of joining the group. The GCC has been criticized by Arab leftists as pro-American. Western diplomats praise the GCC -- Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman -- as an independent organization sharing security and other services.

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A high-level Kuwaiti official is quoted by Arab political sources as saying that recent bomb attacks in Kuwait probably were aimed at "subverting the Arab Gulf states" in the GCC. And hostile rhetoric is mo unting between Oman and pro-Soviet South Yemen.m