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Four Arab nations sever diplomatic ties with Qatar, exposing rift in region

 

By Kareem Fahim, Karen DeYoung

 

DUBAI — Four Arab nations led a diplomatic break with Qatar on Monday, moving swiftly to isolate the small but influential country in a feud that stunned the Middle East and divided a coalition of monarchies that the United States had hoped to rally to fight the Islamic State and counter Iran.  

 

The countries — Gulf Cooperation Council members Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, along with Egypt — released coordinated statements accusing Qatar of supporting terrorist groups and saying that as a result they were cutting links to the country by land, sea and air. Other countries, including Yemen, later joined the four-nation bloc in severing ties with Qatar, which hosts a forward base for the U.S. military’s Central Command and is home to the widely watched Al Jazeera television network.

 

 

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/four-arab-nations-sever-diplomatic-ties-with-qatar-exposing-rift-in-region/2017/06/05/15ad2284-49b4-11e7-9669-250d0b15f83b_story.html

 

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An update on this is that there are now 6 countries that have cut their ties with Qatar

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-06-05/gulf-rift-deepens-as-nations-cut-diplomatic-ties-to-qatar/8589988

 

Following suit, one of Libya's three rival governments has announced cutting diplomatic relations with Qatar, and Yemen's Government has cut relations with the country.

 

Saudi Arabia said Qatari troops would be pulled from its ongoing war in Yemen.

All the nations also said they planned to cut air and sea traffic to the peninsular country.

Qatar is also home to the sprawling al-Udeid air base, which is home to the US military's Central Command and some 10,000 American troops.

It was not clear if the decision would affect American military operations.

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This is crazy!

Russian hackers believed to have planted false news story in Qatar that sparked major conflict in the region


http://www.businessinsider.com/qatar-hacked-by-russia-trump-saudi-arabia-2017-6


Trump says Middle East leaders told him Qatar funded terrorism

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-middle-east-leaders-qatar-funding-terrorism-article-1.3225330

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