Qatar may have paid terrorists $1 bln for release of captured royal family members

13:40, 06 June 2017
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A ransom payment of up to $1 billion to Iranian and al-Qaeda-linked forces in Syria may have been the tipping point for Qatari-Gulf Arab relations, AOL.com reported citing the Financial Times.

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Qatar paid out the hefty ransom to secure the release of 26 members of a falconry party, some of whom were members of Qatar's royal family, who had been hunting in southern Iraq, "commanders of militant groups and government officials in the region" told the Financial Times, AOL.com wrote.

The news of Qatar's ransom comes after Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and a powerful military leader in Libya all severed ties with Doha on Monday.

Read alsoReuters: Saudi Arabia, Egypt, UAE sever ties with Qatar over 'terrorism'Qatar and the other Gulf Arab states have sparred in the past over Qatar's softer stance on Iran and their support for the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist organization founded in Egypt, but a source told the Financial Times that "the ransom payments are the straw that broke the camel's back."

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