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    2017.06.05 - Qatar

    As Gulf states cut ties with Qatar, Trump team debates Muslim Brotherhood terror designation

    http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017...signation.html

    There’s a battle inside the Trump administration over what to do about the Muslim Brotherhood, the group at the center of Monday’s pivotal decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain to cut ties with Qatar over allegations it supports terrorism, experts familiar with the situation say.
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    5 Arab States Break Ties With Qatar, Complicating U.S. Coalition-Building

    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/0...-emirates.html

    In an abrupt and surprising move, the five Arab states not only suspended diplomatic relations, as they have in the past, but also cut off land, air and sea travel to and from Qatar. All but Egypt, which has many thousands of people working there, ordered their citizens to leave the country.

    Qatar, a relatively small country jutting into the Persian Gulf, has a border with Saudi Arabia and is vulnerable to its larger neighbor. It imports almost all of its food, about 40 percent of it directly from Saudi Arabia. Several residents, reached on the internet chat, said that people were stocking up on food and cash.
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    Threat to 2022 World Cup in Qatar as Arab states cut travel links

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    The UAE and Egypt have given Qatari diplomats 48 hours to leave both countries
    Airlines from many of the affected countries, including EgyptAir, Etihad Airways and Emirates, said they are to cancel flights to and from the Qatari capital Doha
    The Gulf allies said they had closed their airspace to Qatar Airways, which has suspended all its flights to Saudi Arabia
    Bahrain's state news agency said it was cutting its ties because Qatar was "shaking the security and stability of Bahrain and meddling in its affairs"
    The Saudi-led Arab coalition fighting Yemen's Houthi rebels also expelled Qatar from its alliance because of its "practices that strengthen terrorism" and its support of extremist groups.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-40155829
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    Quite a dilemma for the US.

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    The Shocking Trigger Behind Today's Gulf Scandal: Qatar Paid Al-Qaeda, Iran $1BN In Hostage Deal

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...bn-hostage-dea

    According to the FT, the catalyst that forced the Saudis and their allies to unveil the cut in diplomatic and economic ties, is that Qatar allegedly paid up to $1 billion to Iran and al-Qaeda affiliates "to release members of the Gulf state’s royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, according to people involved in the hostage deal"; the secret deal was allegedly one of the triggers behind Gulf states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with Doha.

    In an amusing twist, one FT source - a Syrian opposition figure who has worked with an al-Qaeda mediator on hostage swaps in Syria. - adds that "if you want to know how Qatar funds jihadis, look no further than the hostage deal.... And this isn’t the first — it is one of a series since the beginning of the war."

    It gets better: the hostage transaction was also linked to a separate agreement, signed in March 2017, to facilitate the evacuation of four mutually besieged towns in Syria — two surrounded by jihadi forces and two besieged by Shia militias — according to the FT's sources: "Syrian rebels and diplomats." One western diplomat said the arrangement provided Qatar the “cover” to finance the hostage deal.

    “Iran and Qatar had long been looking for a cover to do this [hostage] deal, and they finally found it,” he said.
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    Social media reports from Doha showed supermarket shelves empty as nervous consumers began to worry that stocks of food and water would run out. As much as 40% of Qatar’s food comes over the Saudi border.

    The small but very wealthy nation, the richest in the world per capita, was also expelled from a Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...over-terrorism

    The US military said it had “no plans to change our posture in Qatar” amid the diplomatic crisis. Qatar is home to the sprawling al-Udeid airbase, which houses the US military’s central command and 10,000 American troops.

    Saudi Arabia however kept up the pressure on Qatar by saying it was withdrawing al-Jazeera’s media licence and closing its Saudi office, saying the Qatar-funded broadcaster had promoted terrorist plots and supported the Houthi rebels in Yemen.
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    When Saudi Arabia can condemn another nation for supporting terrorism ... that's when you know we live in an upside down world.
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    Saudi Arabia Gives Qatar 24 Hour Ultimatum As Analysts Warn Of "Military Confrontation"

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...-confrontation

    Shortly after imposing a naval blockade in the immediate* aftermath of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, one which left the small Gulf nation not only politically isolated and with severed ties to its neighbors but potentially locked out of maritime trade and crippling its oil and LNG exports, on Tuesday SkyNews Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions that have been conveyed to Kuwait, which is currently involved in the role of a mediator between Saudi and Qatar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elley Mae View Post
    Saudi Arabia Gives Qatar 24 Hour Ultimatum As Analysts Warn Of "Military Confrontation"

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...-confrontation

    Shortly after imposing a naval blockade in the immediate* aftermath of the Qatar diplomatic crisis, one which left the small Gulf nation not only politically isolated and with severed ties to its neighbors but potentially locked out of maritime trade and crippling its oil and LNG exports, on Tuesday SkyNews Arabia reported that Saudi Arabia has given Qatar a 24 hours ultimatum, starting tonight, to fulfill 10 conditions that have been conveyed to Kuwait, which is currently involved in the role of a mediator between Saudi and Qatar.
    That will be interesting. I wonder what will happen to the US airbase there.


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    Interesting....The Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting a vital U.S. air base and for its "enduring commitment to regional security," sticking to a message of reassurance even as President Donald Trump, via Twitter, applauded a decision by Arab powers to cut ties to the Gulf ally.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g...-idUSKBN18X2G2

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    Quote Originally Posted by jamiect View Post
    Interesting....The Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting a vital U.S. air base and for its "enduring commitment to regional security," sticking to a message of reassurance even as President Donald Trump, via Twitter, applauded a decision by Arab powers to cut ties to the Gulf ally.
    https://www.reuters.com/article/us-g...-idUSKBN18X2G2
    The Saudis are his best friends now, since they gave him the gaudy gold necklace and promised Ivanka money for her 'charity'.

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    "Forget Terrorism": The Real Reason Behind The Qatar Crisis Is Natural Gas


    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-0...is-natural-gas

    The real reason behind the diplomatic fallout may be far simpler, and once again has to do with a long-running and controversial topic, namely Qatar's regional natural gas dominance.

    Now, in a separate analysis, Bloomberg also debunks the "official narrative" behind the Gulf crisis and suggests that Saudi Arabia’s isolation of Qatar, "and the dispute’s long past and likely lingering future are best explained by natural gas."


    The tiny gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime source of arms to rebels.
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    The cost of Qatar’s intervention, its latest push to back an Arab revolt, amounts to a fraction of its international investment portfolio. But its financial support for the revolution that has turned into a vicious civil war dramatically overshadows western backing for the opposition.

    And, as Bloomberg adds, "that opportunity came with U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent visit to Saudi Arabia, when he called on “all nations of conscience” to isolate Iran. When Qatar disagreed publicly, in a statement the government later said was a product of hacking, the Saudi-led retribution followed."

    To be sure, in a series of tweets, Trump himself doubled down on the "official narraitve", taking credit for Qatar's isolation (perhaps forgetting that a US base is housed in the small nation).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer17 View Post
    The Saudis are his best friends now, since they gave him the gaudy gold necklace and promised Ivanka money for her 'charity'.
    Ivanka is an advocate for the fund, World bank for female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

    Obama also was given a gaudy gold necklace, & michelle & hillary also got pricy gifts from SA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elley Mae View Post
    Ivanka is an advocate for the fund, World bank for female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

    Obama also was given a gaudy gold necklace, & michelle & hillary also got pricy gifts from SA.
    Yup, they all get showered with gifts . And the Saudis absolutely love the Bush family. Or at least they pretend to
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