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Gulf alliances up for grabs with fractious GCC split over Qatar crisis one year on

It was not immediately obvious how serious the issue would become when the Qatar crisis began with the planting of ‘fake news’ stories on the Qatar News Agency (QNA) website on 24 May 2017. The region has seen plenty of divisions and arguments between members of the Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) before – not least in 2014 when Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE briefly withdrew their ambassadors from Qatar. However, it soon became clear this was something different.

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