Russian hackers block US ally in the Persian Gulf

After Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East Last month, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain blocked the sea, land and air border with Qatar, breaking off trade and diplomatic ties. Countries accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and rapprochement with Iran.

“We were isolated because we are successful and progressive. We are a platform for peace. We are not ready to yield and will never yield to the independence of our international policy, “Qatar’s Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Adbulrakhman al-Thani said, rejecting accusations of supporting terrorism.

The situation in the region began to deteriorate after the site of the state news agency of Qatar was hacked and a false report was published about Iran’s support from the official of Qatar. Behind this attack are Russian hackers, according to CNN, referring to reports by US government officials.

First, the president of the United States, Donald Trump , welcomed the actions of [the aforementioned Arab countries against Qatar ], Noting on Twitter: “They say that they will firmly oppose the financing of … extremism and all the references point to Qatar. Perhaps this is the end of the horrors of terrorism. ” He, however, approvingly approached Qatar during bilateral meetings.

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Commenting on the situation in the region, the US Treasury noted good cooperation with Qatar in the fight against the financing of terrorism, and Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davies said: “Our base is stationed in Qatar, they Perfectly manage both the territory of placement, and also as a partner in the fight against IGIL, “reports The Daily Beast.

There are 2.7 million people in Qatar (70% of whom are foreign employees) and housed between 8,000 and 10,000 US military personnel at Al Udeid Air Base in Doha, reported Western media. In 2016, the base was used for B-52 fighters, which fired on the targets of IGIL in Iraq and Syria, as well as for the campaign in Afghanistan, reports CNN.

Germany also called on the Arab countries to unlock Qatar. “Together with our American colleagues, but above all in the region, we must try to find a solution, especially to lift the sea and air blockade,” German Foreign Minister Zigmar Gabriel announced.