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Initial reports are coming out of Qatar about an attempt by a military group to overthrow the current ruling elite led by Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani
There is also talk that the leaders were flown to hiding by US forces
The news about the military coup attempt coincided with a statement issued by certain figures in Qatar's ruling family, who oppose the current regime, announcing they do not recognize the legitimacy of Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, while they backed his brother, now exiled in France, Abdul Aziz bin Khalifa Hamad Al-Thani. The statement was signed by 66 opposition figures, including 16 from the ruling Al Thani family. They directed serious charges against the Emir, including the establishment of relations with Israel, total coordination with the United States of America and breaking the Arab ranks. They also claimed his close family members and his wife's family members are involved in cases of corruption and social injustice.
I always nuance the positions of the governments of nations to those of their citizens, because worldwide political appointments have had the tendency to occur with much less that 50% of popular vote in recent history.
Al Arabiya was created to be a direct competitor of the Qatar-based Al Jazeera. As a response to Al-Jazeera's criticism of the Saudi royal family throughout the 1990s, members of the Saudi royal family established Al-Arabiya in Dubai in 2002.
UPDATE 4: Al Arabiya now has a story up saying the article was posted to their website by the Syrian Electronic Army (pro-government hackers).
Why it took almost a day to post that information isn’t addressed. An internet analyst we spoke with also said it would be difficult for hackers to have that much access to Al Arabiya’s content management system unless they had really poor security.
What do you make of all this?