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originally posted by: order in chaos
I wonder if the following is related to the currently unfolding events in Middle East:
Qatri royals rush to Switzerland
Kidnappers who snatched nine members of the Qatari royal family have demanded the release of a Shia cleric facing the death penalty in Saudi Arabia in return for their freedom.
Armed men kidnapped at least 26 Qatari hunters, including members of the royal family, from their camp near Samawah province, 230 miles from Baghdad last week.
Reports suggest they are being held by Iranian-linked Shia elements who have set out political and sectarian demands for their release.
Date 22 September 1980 – 20 August 1988 (7 years, 10 months, 4 weeks and 1 day)
Saudi Arabia in 1988, cut its diplomatic relations with Iran and ensured that no Iranian could obtain a Saudi travel visa for performing the Hajj (Pilgrimage)