Saudi Arabia Ups Pressure on Qatar

(Washington Institute for Near East Policy) Simon Henderson - A recent visit by a top-level Saudi delegation to Qatar is believed to have discussed Saudi Arabia's concern about Qatari support for Muslim Brotherhood elements in the member states of the GCC, Libyan Islamists, and Hamas in Gaza. For Washington, the scale of the differences between the Gulf neighbors could affect the U.S. military's ability to operate in the Persian Gulf region, where responsibilities for action against the extremists of the Islamic State have been added to protecting the sea lanes and deterring Iranian subversion. The writer is director of the Gulf and Energy Policy Program at The Washington Institute.

2014-09-01 00:00:00

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