Arab Countries Issue List Of Qatar-Linked 'Terrorists' Rejected By Doha

Trump initially took sides with the Saudi-led group before apparently being nudged into a more even-handed approach when USA defense officials renewed praise of Doha, mindful of the major US military base hosted by Qatar that serves, in part, as a launch-pad for strikes on Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

Al-Jazeera's offices have been shut down by authorities in Saudi Arabia and Jordan.

In a sign of support for Doha, Turkey's parliament on Wednesday approved an agreement to expand the number of troops deployed to a Turkish base in Qatar. "No one is giving them the right to separate families and displace people".

"We decided to make it clear that enough is enough", Jubeir added.

Qatar strongly denies the allegations and has expressed a willingness to engage in talks to resolve the crisis.

The reports have added to the deterioration of relations between Qatar and its neighbors, who have accused Qatar of funding terrorism.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who tweeted Tuesday about Qatar funding extremists, called Qatari ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on Wednesday and offered to host leaders at the White House to resolve the crisis.




Analysts have raised the prospect of a palace coup in Qatar, a hereditary monarchy with a history of such changes in leadership.

Kuwait - which unlike most of its fellow Gulf Cooperation Council members has not cut off ties with Qatar - has been leading efforts to mediate. A written statement from the Qatar Interior Ministry released late Wednesday claimed that the QNA was first hacked in April using "high techniques and innovative methods".

Qatar's foreign minister rejected attempts to interfere in the country's foreign policy on Thursday, defying calls from the emirate's Gulf neighbours despite an escalating crisis.

Russian hackers are believed to have been part of the hack of the Qatar news agency, CNN reported Tuesday, raising concerns that the Russian government would continue to be involved in cyber operations to disrupt foreign elections and alliances.

He said the hacking had been confirmed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

"If there is any sensible argument or sensible accusation, we are ready to answer", Sheikh Mohammed said.

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