Qatar in crisis

Print edition : July 07, 2017

Kuwait’s Emir Sheikh Sabah al Ahmad al Sabah with Qatar’s Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani in Doha, Qatar. Kuwait’s Emir travelled to Qatar to help mediate an end to a crisis that has seen Arab nations cut off ties with the tiny energy-rich nation. Photo: AP/kuna

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud with the King of Bahrain, Hamad bin Issa al-Khalifa, in Jeddah on June 7. Photo: AFP/Saudi Press Agency

U.S. President Donald Trump and Qatar's Emir at a bilateral meeting in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on May 21. Photo: AP

The Combined Air Operations Centre at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. The centre provides command and control of air power over Iraq, Syria, Afghanistan and 17 other nations. Photo: The New York Times

A handout graphic provided by Flight Radar shows how Qatar Airways flights are managing bans on flights through the airspace of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt, by flying over Iranian airspace. Photo: AP

A tripartite alliance of Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Israel, with the blessings of the U.S., seeks to isolate Qatar accusing it of sponsoring terrorism and supporting Iran, but its real grouse is that the Gulf state backs groups such as Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood.
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