USA TODAY published an opinion piece on Tuesday by contributor Ilam Berman who called out Qatar ‘as a double agent in war on terror.’
“The Qatari crown has emerged as a major backer of a bevvy of radical groups,” Berman, who is a senior vice president at the American Foreign Policy Council, wrote.
“The recent diplomatic move against Qatar — which includes a suspension of travel to the kingdom, as well as a call for Arab businesses to review their contacts and contracts there – smacks of a coordinated bid to ratchet up the costs of Doha’s rogue behavior,” Berman added.
The op-ed on USA Today comes at the same day as US President Donald Trump weighed in on the current crisis engulfing the Qatari government and its Emir, Sheikh Tamim Al-Thani. Trump said Middle East leaders pointed the finger toward Qatar during his meeting in Riyadh last month when probed on who was responsible for terrorist financing in the region.
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain severed diplomatic relations with Qatar in a coordinated move on Monday. Yemen, Libya's eastern-based government and the Maldives joined later and transport links were shut down.