US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

The official is pointing to offers that Kuwait and Turkey have made to mediate.

Erdogan told the leaders that regional problems should be solved through dialogue, said the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to restrictions on speaking to the media. They know our efforts to combat financial terrorism and terrorism.

The US military uses a vast air base in Qatar as a crucial hub for its military operations in the region, now focused on the fight against the Islamic State group.

Even as Trump applauded the Arab countries' move, the Pentagon on Tuesday renewed praise of Qatar for hosting United States forces and its "enduring commitment to regional security".

The president's sharp critique of Qatar pulled the USA directly into a conflict that American diplomats had wanted the bickering parties to resolve among themselves.

President Donald Trump sided with Saudi Arabia and other Arab countries Tuesday in a deepening diplomatic crisis with Qatar, appearing to endorse the accusation that the oil-rich Persian Gulf nation is funding terrorist groups.

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Qatar's stock market rebounded in early trade on Tuesday after plunging the previous day but the Qatari riyal fell against the US dollar. Al-Udeid Air Base is home to U.S. Air Force Central Command and is where American officers speak regularly by phone with Russian counterparts to ensure safe flights over Syria.

The Qatari government has said a May 23 news report on its Qatar News Agency attributed false remarks to the nation's ruler that appeared friendly to Iran and Israel and questioned whether President Donald Trump would last in office.

Corker, who has previously said he wished Trump's iPhone would be taken away from him, emphasized the importance of the major USA air base in Qatar "to the activities we have going on in the region".

He avoided criticizing the president Tuesday while stressing the need for cooperation in the Middle East. While he has even held out hopes that a communal effort could pave the way for Israeli-Arab rapprochement, the Qatar crisis serves as a reminder of the region's many fault lines that challenge USA diplomacy. "We appreciate the role that they are playing in trying to de-escalate it". He did not say how the Arab blockade might do that.

Sheikh Mohammed told the channel that the measures taken against Qatar affected its citizens and family ties in the Gulf Arab region, but said Doha would not take counter measures.

He tweets: "Perhaps this will be the beginning of the end to the horror of terrorism!"

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Qatar vehemently denies the accusations.

And in its bid to lobby the USA administration, the Saudis spent about $270,000 at Trump's hotel in Washington between October and the end of March, new foreign agent filings show.

The White House said Trump "underscored that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability".

Trump earlier Tuesday suggested on Twitter that his visit to Saudi Arabia last month helped inspire multiple Arab nations to sever ties with Qatar.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology", he tweeted.

Trump's harsh words for the Qataris were a departure from his rhetoric during his visit to Saudi Arabia, when he met with Qatar's emir and called the relationship "extremely good".

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USA officials were blindsided by Saudi Arabia's decision to sever diplomatic ties with Qatar in a coordinated move with Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), current and former officials in Washington told Reuters. All of the countries are friendly with the USA, putting Trump in a potentially awkward position.

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