Qatari sheikh calls for national meeting to end crisis

Sheikh Abdullah bin Al-Thani
Updated 18 September 2017
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Qatari sheikh calls for national meeting to end crisis

JEDDAH: A member of the Qatari royal family has urged the people of Qatar to be “the messengers of peace” in the dispute with its Gulf neighbors. 
“To my family, the children, the businessmen, and all the people of Qatar. I invite you to meet to be messengers of wisdom and peace, and advocates for the uniting of the hearts,” Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali Al-Thani said on Sunday. 
Sheikh Abdullah said he felt pain at seeing the dispute going from bad to worse, and called for a meeting at Qatari national level to discuss a crisis “which we can no longer remain silent in.”
The dispute began in June, when the Anti-Terror Quartet comprising Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt severed diplomatic relations and imposed a trade and travel boycott over Qatar’s financing of terrorist groups and interference in its neighbors’ internal affairs. 
Sheikh Abdullah said the situation was deteriorating, and “pushing us to a fate we do not want to reach.”
He said King Salman of Saudi Arabia was committed to the safety of Qatar and its people. Sheikh Abdullah called on the people of Qatar to communicate with him and set a date for a national meeting.


Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

Updated 17 August 2018
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Iraqi warplanes hit Daesh targets in Syria, killing 28

IRBIL, Iraq: Iraqi security officials say Iraq’s air force carried out two airstrikes targeting Daesh group inside Syria, killing at least 28 Daesh militants.
They say one of the two airstrikes by F-16s targeted a meeting of would-be suicide bombers who intended to strike in Iraq during next week’s Muslim Eid Al-Adha holiday.
About 20 militants were killed in that airstrike, while eight died in the second one. Both targets were inside Syria near the Iraqi border.
Iraq announced the strikes on Thursday but details on targets and casualties only emerged on Friday. The statement said the targets were identified by the Eagles Cell, Iraq’s top counterterrorism agency.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.