US suspects Russian hackers planted fake news behind Qatar crisis

Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump told Salman that a united Gulf Cooperation Council is "critical to defeating terrorism and promoting regional stability", according to a White House readout of the conversation. "It's important that the Gulf be united for peace and security in the region", the senior official told Reuters.

Saudi Arabia and allies including Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain announced Monday they were severing diplomatic relations and closing air, sea and land links with Qatar.

Oil producer Gabon condemned Qatar for "failing to respect global commitments and agreements on counter-terrorism", a statement from its foreign ministry said, The Central African nation was "preoccupied with Qatar's continuing support for terrorist groups", it said.

Russian Federation used a combination of hacking, propaganda, and social media campaigns in an attempt to influence the outcome of the U.S. election, that led to Donald Trump being elected president.

Qatar is home to the biggest USA airbase in the Middle East, Al-Udeid, where some 10,000 military personnel are stationed.

"UAE have banned Qatari nationals from transiting through UAE, so we're looking to see if that affects any passengers", Qantas Airways Ltd International Chief Executive Gareth Evans said.

“During my recent trip to the Middle East, I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology, ” Trump said in a series of morning tweets.

Qatar has for years parlayed its enormous gas wealth and media influence into a broad influence in the region. But Gulf Arab neighbours and Egypt have always been irked by its maverick stances and support for the Muslim Brotherhood, which they regard as a political enemy.

In the wake of Trump's first trip overseas after taking office, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and broke off diplomatic relations.

"We've chose to take steps to make clear that enough is enough", Adel Al-Jubeir told journalists in Paris.

Maersk, the world's biggest container shipping line, said it was unable to transport goods in or out of Qatar because it could not take them through the UAE port of Jebel Ali. Another question was whether the mounting crisis would impede regional unity on fighting the Islamic State group and other extremist threats in the region, although US military and diplomatic officials have thus far insisted they anticipate no change to cooperation on those efforts.

It also speculated that US President Donald Trump would not remain in office for his full term.

On May 23, the Qatar News Agency published a story that they alleged was falsely attributed to the country's emir, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani.

"All effected passengers in Doha on route to Saudi Arabia have been assisted with alternative onward travel arrangements", the airline said.

Oil prices fell on concern that the rift would undermine efforts by OPEC to tighten output.

Speaking to the BBC, Qatar's foreign minister Sheikh Mohammed Abdulrahman Al-Thani gave the first response to Trump's tweets, denying any Qatari funding "of terrorism".

The Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said on Monday Ankara hopes that the countries create a solution through dialogue and calm.

If Qatar is economically weakened or decides to retaliate against Trump's 140-character allegations, it has leverage.

  • Leroy Wright