Saudi Arabia Shuts Local Al Jazeera Office For “Promoting Plots Of Terrorist Groups”

Shortly after Saudi Arabia announced it had cut ties with Qatar over Doha’s alleged support for Islamists and Iran, on Monday the kingdom said it had also shut the local office of Al Jazeera, Qatar’s influential satellite channel, and had revokved its license. Riyadh views Al Jazeera as critical of its government, but the outlet says it is an independent news service giving a voice to everyone in the region. The move was announced by state television.

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    Why is this story getting no coverage on the major American networks?

    • mobuyus

      People may start demanding that aljezeera’s sister affiliate station CNN be shut down as well.

  • Spatchcocked

    This is Trumps doing…which is meet.

  • Spatchcocked

    We’ll see how far the Soddies go in following Trumps orders…….I’m sure getting them to shut down their networks…or else…is another demand.
    Their proselytizing internationally is on the list as well no doubt….we’ll see if the financing dries up at all…….fewer mosques and madrasahs being built ….

    I imagine the House of Sod were threatened with their very survival.


  • Linda1000

    Every once in awhile the Gulf states have to have a fight about something. I think Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani got a little too close to Ozero and the Muslim Brotherhood and then Iran. Iran and Qatar have been arguing for years about rights to a huge gas field around an island sort of in the middle of the Arabian Gulf but closer to Qatar. Anyway, Qatar is Sunni and too small so the elders of Saudi, Abu Dhabi, Dubai will have the final say over Sheikh Tamim. Bahrain is owned by Saudi (their weekend playground) and is Shiite majority but ruled by the Sunni Emir Sheikh Isa bin Salman Khalifa so there is always tension. Qatar is not the stabilizing force in the ME region and Egypt and Jordan depend heavily on aid from the U.S. and some from Saudi so they add more clout because they were impressed with Trump.

    • Bernie

      It is all about money and who controls what. Take over and Terminate Iran and 90% of the terrorism in the world will stop.

      • Alain

        Plus tribal affiliation.

  • tom_billesley

    Gulf nations ‘cut off relations with Qatar after country paid $1 BILLION ransom to Al-Qaeda to free kidnapped royals’
    The hefty ransom reportedly secured the release of 26 members of a falconry party, which included some members of Qatar’s royal family, who were kidnapped by jihadis while hunting in southern Iraq in December 2015.