Trump accuses Qatar, Mideast host to U.S. troops, of funding terror

Sheikh Hamad took over as Qatar's emir in 1995 and expanded his nation's presence on the global scene through negotiating hostage releases, briefly flirting with diplomatic ties to Israel, hosting a Taliban office and creating Al-Jazeera. The countries also said they would eject Qatar's diplomats. Qatar vehemently denies such support.

He added: "Doha now is completely isolated".

Other names involving Egypt include more Brotherhood members and those once belonging to Gamaa Islamiya, an Islamist group that carried out a series of bloody attacks in Egypt in the 1990s before renouncing violence in 2000s. He said Qatar needed to shut down or limit its Al-Jazeera news network, as well as stop funding extremist groups and others.

The Arab countries closed air, sea and land links with Qatar, barred the emirate´s planes from their airspace and ordered Qatari citizens out within 14 days.

The feud has raised fears of wider instability in an already volatile region that is a crucial global energy supplier and home to several Western military bases.

They then sought to clean up the president's comments by stressing U.S. -Qatari cooperation remained intact and crediting the country with working hard to stem funding and support for extremists.

In this photo released by Emirates News Agency, WAM, the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, right, is received by UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to hold.

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In a phone call with Qatar's ruling emir, Sheikh Tamin bin Hamad Al Thani, Trump said he wanted to help Qatar and its Arab neighbors resolve the row that has upended any sense of Gulf unity, suggesting a possible White House summit among leaders.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani told a news conference that Qatar, host to the biggest United States military base in the Middle East, wanted to maintain brotherly ties with its powerful neighbours in a region critical to world energy supplies.

But Tillerson said the crisis was indeed affecting the US military. Earlier in the week, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to take credit for the Saudi-led move to punish Qatar, saying it could be the start of the end of terrorism in the Middle East. The agreement did not detail a timeframe or the number of troops. Doha is the world´s largest exporter of natural liquefied gas. On Wednesday, Emirati officials shut down the airline's offices in the UAE.

"The previous emir is a big supporter of this whole extremist agenda, so we do have an issue", the official said.

Qatar has an independent streak that has often angered its neighbours, attracting criticism for hosting the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas, and supporting Islamist rebels in Syria.

"Qataris are questioning whether this is going to end up in seeing a change in leadership itself in Qatar", Al Qassemi told the AP in his office in Sharjah, near Dubai.

As anger mounted in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, Qatar's foreign minister tried to limit the fallout. "We need to put everything in check".

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