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Fighting while funding extremists

The biggest lost in the Qatar crisis may turn out to be, the fight against Islamic State

The Editorial Board | NYT 

Even sophisticated observers admit to confusion and consternation about the Middle East, where rivalries and jealousies among nations have reached new levels of complication. Saudi Arabia and some of its neighbours decide to punish Qatar and some of its citizens, ostensibly for fostering and financing Islamist terrorism. But Saudi Arabia itself has been accused of underwriting extremists. No matter: President Trump, captivated by Saudi royalty, sides with the Saudis — even though the United States has two important bases in Qatar. Baffling, right? But here is one clear bottom ...

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First Published: Tue, June 20 2017. 11:26 IST