According to the reports Gulf state’s royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip is one of the triggers behind Gulf states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with Doha. US$1 billion (S$1.4 billion) were paid to Iranian and al-Qaeda-linked forces in Syria to release the members of the Gulf state’s royal family. The kingdom cut their ties because Qatar embraces multiple terrorists and sectarian groups aimed that causes the chaotic situation at the region, including the Muslim Brotherhood, ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) and Al-Qaeda, and promotes the message and schemes of these groups through their media constantly. The ransom deal which was concluded in April, heightened concerns among Qatar’s neighbors about the small gas-rich state’s role in a region plagued by conflict and bitter rivalries. Qatar paid out the ransom to secure the release of 26 members of a falconry party. Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain took the extraordinary step of cutting off diplomatic ties and transport links to Qatar, alleging the country fuels extremism and terrorism. Critics accuse it of seeking to punch above its weight diplomatically, meddling in regional affairs and using the Arabic channel of Al Jazeera, the satellite television network it set up, as a propaganda tool. The crisis could have cause consequences for the citizens across the Middle East.
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