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Qatar Holds Joint Military Drill With USA

Doha (August 22, 2017): The American military and Qatari armed forces carried out the parachute exercise in a show of military co-operation in Doha earlier today. 

The joint exercises come more than 70 days after Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states cuts ties with Qatar.

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt imposed an unprecedented land, sea and air blockade on their rich Gulf neighbour on June 5.

Qatar has rejected accusations that it supports extremists groups and signed a counter terrorism agreement with the US last month.

Under the patronage of Minister of State for Defence Affairs H E Dr Khalid bin Mohammed Al Attiyah and in the presence of Maj Gen Hamad Talihan Al Hajri, Head of Military Manpower at the Qatari Armed Forces, the Qatar’s Joint Special Forces and US Special Operations Central Forces conducted a joint exercise in the Sealine area, southern Qatar.

The Directorate of Moral Guidance in the Qatar’s Ministry of Defence explained that this exercise is part of the cooperation between the two teams over the course of three years in the field of planning and training on all tasks and duties required for special forces at the Qatari Armed Forces. The two-stage parachute jump through military aircraft (C-130) included two jumps.

In the course of the joint achievements, the Qatar Team for Military Jump was ranked second in the world during the latest World Military Championship in which 42 countries participated.

Qatari Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohamed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani has said that the countries behind the blockade have not yet provided evidence to back up accusations that Qatar supports terrorism.

He said: “We have seen continuing escalation and attempt to market the accusation that Qatar supports terrorism without providing any evidence…

“Unfortunately, this is their constant behaviour since the beginning of the crisis.”

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has tried to protect US interests by rowing back on Donald Trump’s apparent support for the boycott early on.

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