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Post  bb1 on Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:32 am

This unfolding tale is extremely strange...

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/qatar-egypt-saudi-arabia-bahrain-united-arab-emirates-uae-terror-links-diplomatic-ties-gulf-middle-a7772886.html

Qatar has hit out at the decision of five Arab nations to cut military and diplomatic ties with the country, saying there is "no legitimate justification" for the move.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of Qatar said it had been the victim of a "campaign of lies" designed to destabilise the region, hours after Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE declared they would be severing all ties.

Qatar said the decision was a "violation of its sovereignty", and promised its own citizens that the row will not be allowed to affect them.

But the move effectively cuts off Qatar from the outside world, with the peninsular nation lying off the Saudi mainland, and analysts said such a move could have lasting economic damage.

Emirates, the major international airline based in Dubai, announced it would suspend Qatar flights starting from Tuesday. Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways said it too would suspend flights to Qatar "until further notice."

It wasn't immediately clear how the announcement would affect Qatar Airways, one of the region's major long-haul airlines, which routinely flies through Saudi airspace.

Yemen's internationally recognised government also cut ties with Qatar later on Monday, accusing it of working with its enemies in the Iran-aligned Houthi movement, state news agency Saba reported.
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Post  bb1 on Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:36 am

Also here:

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-04/saudi-arabia-egypt-uae-bahrain-cut-diplomatic-ties-block-all-borders-qatar

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE, & Bahrain Cut Diplomatic Ties, Shut All Borders With Qatar

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Did Qatar just get scapegoated in the 'war on terror'? One thing seems clear, support for a Syrian gas pipeline will be dwindling and with it the need for a Syrian war.


All very odd - unless Qatar is going to be left to carry the can for the Saudi-backed Wahhabist terror cult.


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Post  Lamplighter on Mon Jun 05, 2017 9:43 am

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2014/09/05/is-qatar-the-foremost-supporter-of-the-islamic-state-s-sunni-jihad/
Look no further than a series of official documents from the Obama administration about Qatar, and you will see that it is a major financial hub, fundraising for jihadist groups including the Taliban, al-Qaeda, and others. In April, in the State Department’s country reports on terrorism, they specifically worried about Qatar’s relationship with Islamist groups. They worried Qatar had enabled a very permissive environment for fundraising for jihadist groups. It’s obvious why the Taliban set up its political office in Doha and why the Taliban wanted these five to send off to Qatar. They know it’s a very permissive environment with Islamist sympathies.

Qatar is also unapologetically supportive of the Muslim Brotherhood, a global organization founded by a stout Hitler admirer that seeks the same endgame as Al Qaeda and the Islamic State: a worldwide Sunni caliphate.
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Post  bb1 on Mon Jun 05, 2017 10:04 am

Thanks, LL, that's very interesting. IMO, it's been obvious for a long time that, under the glitz and glamour of their airline, and Al Jazeerah, Qatar is a pretty nasty place, what with the virtual slave labour that keeps it going, and other things.

Sounds like they've been doing things that even the Saudis can't ignore - which is pretty bad indeed.

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Post  bb1 on Tue Jun 06, 2017 9:41 am

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jun/06/qatar-panic-buying-as-shoppers-stockpile-food-due-to-saudi-blockade

Qatar: panic buying as shoppers stockpile food due to Saudi 'blockade'
Officials try to reassure citizens after Saudi Arabia and three other Gulf states moved to cut off land, sea and air routes to energy-rich nation

Shoppers in Doha were taking no chances despite Qatari officials telling citizens not to panic after Saudi Arabia imposed a de facto food blockade.

Qatar shares its only land border with Saudi Arabia and relies heavily on importing food, much of it from Gulf countries.



Arab nations including Saudi Arabia and Egypt on Monday cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting extremism, in the biggest diplomatic crisis to hit the region in years.

Multiple queues up to 25-people deep formed in Carrefour supermarket in Doha’s City Center mall, one of the busiest shopping areas in the Qatari capital, hours after five Arab states cut diplomatic ties with the kingdom.

Shoppers piled trollies and baskets high and shelves were stripped of essentials such as milk, rice and chicken.
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Post  bb1 on Wed Jun 07, 2017 4:30 pm

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-07/turkey-fast-tracks-bill-approving-troop-deployment-qatar

In the ongoing diplomatic crisis between Qatar and its Gulf/Arab peers, which is either the result of Saudi nat gas envy or - for those who watch CNN - Russian hacking, Turkey has emerged as a vocal supporter of the small but wealthy state. On Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Erdogan defended Qatar, saying he personally would have intervened if accusations that the tiny Gulf emirate supports "terrorism" were true and said he intends to "develop" ties with the embattled Gulf state hit by sanctions from Saudi Arabia and its allies.

"Let me say at the outset that we do not think the sanctions against Qatar are good," Erdogan said in a speech in Ankara."Turkey will continue and will develop our ties with Qatar, as with all our friends who have supported us in the most difficult moments," he added in reference to last year's failed coup. The support puts Turkey in a complicated position because while the NATO member has close ties with Qatar it also has good relations with the other Gulf states, especially Saudi Arabia.

Turkey's support for Qatar also has ideological reasons as in the past both both have provided support for the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and backed rebels fighting to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

Erdogan was careful not to criticise Riyadh, calling on the member nations of the Gulf Cooperation Council to "resolve their differences through dialogue".

"Efforts to isolate Qatar ... will not solve any problem," said Erdogan, praising Doha's "cool-headedness" and "constructive approach".

"Presenting Qatar as a supporter of terrorism is a serious accusation," the Turkish leader said. "I know [Qatar's leaders] well and if that had been the case, I would have been the first head of state to confront them" which of course is ironic coming from near-dictator, who last year cracked down on over 100,000 Turkish citizens accusing them of cooperating with Fethulah Gulen's "shadow state", and who has been accused of using false flag terrorist attacks to crack down on the Kurdish minority in his country.

On Wednesday morning Turkish support for Qatar escalated after the country's parliament was expected to fast-track a draft bill allowing its troops to be deployed to a Turkish military base in Qatar, officials from the ruling AK Party and the nationalist opposition said.

According to Reuters, lawmakers from Erdogan's AK Party have proposed debating two pieces of legislation: allowing Turkish troops to be deployed in Qatar and approving an accord between the two countries on military training cooperation, AKP and nationalist opposition officials said. The draft bills, which were drawn up before the spat between Qatar and its Arab neighbours erupted, are expected to be approved by the Ankara parliament later on Wednesday.
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Post  bb1 on Fri Jun 23, 2017 4:46 pm

http://news.sky.com/story/blockading-countries-send-list-of-13-demands-to-qatar-10924634

Qatar has been told it must close the broadcaster Al Jazeera and meet 12 other demands to lift a blockade by countries including Saudi Arabia.

Qatar reportedly has 10 days to meet the list of conditions.

As well as shutting down Al Jazeera, which Qatar has previously said it would not do, the boycotting five Arab countries also want it to cut diplomatic ties with Iran.

The demands call on Qatar to end its alleged support for organisations including Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas and Islamic State.

It comes nearly three weeks after Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Yemen, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt imposed a tight blockade on Qatar, their neighbour in the Gulf
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Oh, I can just see Qatar rushing to shut down AJ on the Saudis' orders. Not.

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