Arab nations put dozens with Qatar ties on terror list

Arab nations put dozens with Qatar ties on terror list
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Four Arab nations added dozens of people and groups believed to be tied to Qatar to a terror sanctions list on Friday, The Associated Press reported, further amplifying the diplomatic rift between Doha and several other countries.

Qatar rejected the sanctions list, saying it was the result of “baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact,” according to the AP. 

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt placed 59 individuals and 12 organizations on the blacklist, including several members of the Sunni-Islamist group the Muslim Brotherhood.

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The blacklist is the latest chapter in an ongoing dispute between Qatar and several Arab countries that began earlier this week when a group led by Saudi Arabia abruptly cut diplomatic ties with Doha, alleging that it supports terrorism.

Several other countries have since followed suit, further isolating the small Arabian Gulf country and stirring concern in Washington. Qatar is home to the forward headquarters of Central Command, and as many as 10,000 U.S. troops are stationed there.

For its part, Qatar has rejected the notion that it supports terrorism and has insisted that it is among the most active regional forces in countering extremism.

“We lead the region in attacking the roots of terrorism — by giving young people hope through jobs, replacing weapons with pens by educating hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees and funding local community programs globally to challenge extremist agendas,” it said, according to the AP.