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They accused the tiny Gulf state of harbouring extremist groups and suggested Qatari support for the agenda of Saudi Arabia's regional arch-rival Iran.

The U.S. military not only conducts air operations out of al Udeid that support the fight in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, it also hosts the Tampa, Fla. -based U.S. Central Command's forward headquarters.

He avoided criticizing the president Tuesday while stressing the need for cooperation in the Middle East. Six other governments also have suspended diplomatic ties. He is known for his constant criticism of the policies of Qatar over the years. It was especially galling to Qatar's neighbors that precisely in the period following the September 11 attacks, when governments in the region were seeking to suppress the extremist Islamist tendencies that underpinned the terrorists' ideologies, Qatar continued to help nurture Islamist movements. "In all battlefields, there are adversaries", the foreign minister said.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said isolating Qatar, including the use of sanctions, would not resolve any problems.

It said it ordered shipping agents not to receive any vessels owned by Qatari companies or Qatari nationals and not to unload any goods from Qatar.

Corker said: "We know that our Arab friends have differences, right?"

Morocco has refrained from taking sides in moves to isolate Qatar, but some of those Gulf nations are its close allies.

"During my recent trip to the Middle East I stated that there can no longer be funding of Radical Ideology", he tweeted.

Partly in reaction to the false news report, Qatar's neighbors, led by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have cut off economic and political ties, causing a broader crisis.

In Germany, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir also said he wants to see a response from the Arab countries' demands "soon".

Jordan also signaled a willingness to work with neighboring countries to help end the crisis, according to government spokesman Mohammad Al-Momani.

Aboul Gheit says in a statement that he is following closely the developments of the crisis and hopes for Arab nations to overcome their differences in the near future "to safeguard Arab national security from the threats it faces".

The measures are more severe than during a previous eight-month rift in 2014, when Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE withdrew their ambassadors from Doha, again on the grounds of alleged Qatari support for militant groups.

U.S. investigators believe Russian hackers breached Qatar's state news agency and planted a fake report that contributed to the crisis, according to USA officials briefed on the investigation.

It was the latest example of the tightrope that United States officials are walking as Trump's tweets raise questions about existing USA policy and the carefully scripted talking points used to explain it.

Qatar's position within the coalition of Gulf Arab nations has been different from other members.

It's not yet clear whether the USA has tracked the hackers in the Qatar incident to Russian criminal organizations or to the Russian security services blamed for the United States election hacks.

The West African country of Mauritania has joined the swelling ranks of the countries cold-shouldering Qatar.

The Gulf countries ordered their citizens out of Qatar and gave Qataris overseas 14 days to return home to their peninsular nation, whose only land border is with Saudi Arabia.

Jonathan Schanzer, a vice president at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, said the Israelis have "not been happy with the presence of Hamas in the capital of a major US ally".

"As the State of Qatar insists on continuing its policies, the Government of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania has made a decision to sever its diplomatic relations with the State of Qatar".

The dispute between Qatar and the Arab countries escalated after a recent hack of Qatar's state-run news agency.

United States officials say the Russian goal appears to be to cause rifts among the USA and its allies.

"But we can not accept that we have a partner sitting with us around the same round table that is undermining our stability and undermining security in the region".

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