The Gulf rift two years later: Qatar’s Islamist ties

June 5 marked the second anniversary of the Gulf rift. In 2017, the Saudi-led quartet (Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain, and Egypt) imposed a blockade on Qatar, citing Qatar’s relations with Iran and terrorist organizations. To date, Qatar refuses to acknowledge the quartet’s 13 demands—issued in the early weeks of the rift—which include severing ties with Islamists and downgrading engagement with Iran.       Sources report that Saudi Arabia raised the Qatar-Iran connection to secure U.S. approval for the embargo, but Qatar’s association with Islamist actors serves as the “real casus belli.” Saudi Arabia’s silence on other links between Gulf Cooperation Council...

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