Qatar Leader Favors Sending Arab Troops

Washington Post
January 15, 2012
Pg. 12

Syria

Qatar Leader Favors Sending Arab Troops

The leader of Qatar said recently that Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop a crackdown that has killed thousands since March.

Sheik Hamad Bin Khalifa al-Thani’s comments to CBS’s “60 Minutes,” aired Sunday evening, are the first by an Arab leader to call for the deployment of troops inside Syria. They come amid growing claims that a team of Arab observers dispatched to the country has failed to reduce the bloodshed.

Asked whether he backs Arab nations intervening in Syria, Sheik Hamad said, “To stop the killing, some troops should go.”

Qatar, which once had close ties with Syria, has been a harsh critic of the crackdown under President Bashar al-Assad.

–Associated Press

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