Members of Iran-backed militia Kata’eb Hizbollah, which kidnapped the Qataris in 2015, on parade in Baghdad © Reuters
Zero Hedge: The Shocking Trigger Behind Today's Gulf Scandal: IN In Hostage Deal
The FT has unveiled what its believes is the key trigger behind the shocking overnight collapse in diplomatic relations between Qatar and its Gulf neighbors. According to the FT, the catalyst that forced the Saudis and their allies to unveil the cut in diplomatic and economic ties, is that Qatar allegedly paid up to $1 billion to Iran and al-Qaeda affiliates "to release members of the Gulf state’s royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, according to people involved in the hostage deal"; the secret deal was allegedly one of the triggers behind Gulf states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with Doha.
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WNU Editor: The Financial Times broke this story. The link to their story is here .... The $1bn hostage deal that enraged Qatar’s Gulf rivals (Financial Times). Apparently this is not the first time that Qatar doled out funds to militant groups .... but from what I am reading .... because of the huge amount of money that was paid out, it became the final straw that "broke the camel's back".