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Los Angeles Times- 27 August 2017
Accused of funding terrorism and being too cozy with Iran, Qatar says it has done no wrong

“Qatar does not fund terrorism whatsoever — no groups, no individuals. Not from afar or from a close distance,” Sheik Saif bin Ahmed al Thani, director of the government communications office, said in an interview with The Times’ editorial board and reporters.
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The Washington Post- 18 August 2017
The truth about Qatar
By Gary Wasserman, former professor at Georgetown School of Foreign Service in Qatar

The Qatar I lived in for eight years is unrecognizable from the television ads running in Washington. In these Saudi-sponsored spots, Trump administration officials denounce Qatar’s aid to terrorists while fires burn in the background. This is a harsh and largely unfair judgment of the peaceful, globalist city-state I knew.
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The Wall Street Journal- 13 August 2017
Qatar Will Not Be Intimidated
By Dr. Mutlaq Al-Qahtani, special envoy for Qatar’s foreign minister for counterterrorism and mediation of conflict resolution

As the Gulf crisis enters its third month, it is clear the blockade against Qatar has not succeeded.
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Bloomberg- 27 July 2017
End the Blockade Against Qatar
By HE Ali Shareef Al Emadi, Finance Minister of the State of Qatar

For two months, the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia have led an illegal and unwarranted blockade on Qatar. The blockaders have attempted to use trade and economic levers as weapons – by closing borders, forbidding exports to Qatar, forcibly recalling their citizens, and censoring information.
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The Washington Post- 25 July 2017
The Qatari foreign minister makes his nation’s case

In a meeting with a group of journalists from The Washington Post, Qatari Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani lamented what has been “a very long two months” for him and his colleagues. Since early June, four Arab countries — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt — have imposed a diplomatic and trade boycott of Qatar, which they accuse of colluding with extremist groups and seeking to destabilize its neighbors. Thani and other Qatari leaders reject these allegations.
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The Hill- 24 July 2017
Qatar plays pivotal role in US national security efforts
By LT. Gen. John Castellaw and Monte Palmer

Before 9/11, ensuring the free flow of resources from the Persian Gulf was the primary reason for our military engagement in the area. Since 9/11, countering ISIS and similar terrorist groups and deterring Iran have been the primary reasons for U.S. forces in the Gulf region. Through it all, Qatar has been a strategic security partner and a vital ally to America.
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Bloomberg- 23 July 2017
U.K. Joins U.S. in Calling for an End to Boycott of Qatar

Britain has joined the U.S. in calling for an end to the boycott of Qatar after the country pledged to fight terrorism.
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The New York Times- 19 July 2017
Qatar Criticizes ‘Face-Saving’ Move by Arab Antagonists in Gulf Crisis

The seemingly eased demands on Qatar made by the four Arab countries that have severed relations with it are an insincere “face-saving approach” to resolving the Persian Gulf crisis, Qatar’s United Nations ambassador said on Wednesday.
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NBC News- 18 July 2017
Who Planted the Fake News at Center of Qatar Crisis?

“Fake news” designed to harm Qatar’s relations with the U.S. played a major role in the diplomatic split between the tiny Gulf nation and its neighbors, say both U.S. officials and the Qatari government.
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The Washington Post- 16 July 2017
UAE orchestrated hacking of Qatari government sites, sparking regional upheaval, according to U.S. intelligence officials

The United Arab Emirates orchestrated the hacking of Qatari government news and social media sites in order to post incendiary false quotes attributed to Qatar’s emir, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad al-Thani, in late May that sparked the ongoing upheaval between Qatar and its neighbors, according to U.S. intelligence officials.
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The Washington Post- 11 July 2017
Qatar agrees to combat terrorism financing under deal with U.S.

In a not very subtle display of why the United States wants the Persian Gulf countries to quit feuding and concentrate on what’s important, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday signed an agreement to work with Qatar to curtail terrorism financing.
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The Washington Post- 6 July 2017
It’s not fair to blame this conflict on Qatar
By Patrick Theros, President of the US-Qatar Business Council and former US Ambassador to the State of Qatar

Ali Shihabi’s June 30 letter, “A leader willing to take risks,” would have us believe that Saudi Arabia’s imprudent effort to destroy the independence of a small neighboring state is justified because Qatar “recklessly undermines its neighbors’ security.”
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The New York Times- 6 July 2017
Qatar Stands Up to the Neighborhood Bullies
By Fahad bin Mohammed Al-Attiya, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Russia

My country, Qatar, is a nation under siege. For the past month, its borders and airline routes have been closed off by a regional bloc consisting of Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt. The authorities in the neighboring Gulf states have forced the repatriation of Qatari citizens, regardless of age and health.
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The Washington Post- 22 June 2017
The blockade on Qatar is a smokescreen. Here’s what’s behind it.
By Sheikh Meshal bin Hamad Al-Thani, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to the United States

Today is Day 18 of the diplomatic, economic and social blockade of Qatar by several of its Arab neighbors, and so far, no conditions for the lifting of the blockade have been presented to us. On Tuesday, State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said: “The more time goes by, the more doubt is raised about the actions taken by Saudi Arabia and the UAE [United Arab Emirates].
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The New York Times- 21 June 2017
Misguided Attacks on Al Jazeera
By The Editorial Board

Muzzling Al Jazeera, the state-funded news station that has projected Qatar’s influence throughout the world, was high on the agenda when Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Yemen moved to isolate the tiny nation on June 5.
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The New York Times- 20 June 2017
State Dept. Lashes Out at Gulf Countries Over Qatar Embargo

The State Department on Tuesday issued a blistering critique of Saudi Arabia and other Persian Gulf countries for enforcing a two-week embargo against Qatar without giving the tiny country any specific ways to resolve a crisis over accusations of Qatar’s funding of terrorism.
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CNN- 12 June 2017
Gulf crisis threatens to separate Qatari mom from her children

In a large villa on the outskirts of Qatar’s capital Doha, one family gathers to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, handing out candy and singing songs.
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