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Bannon: Saudi, Egypt, UAE prepared to occupy Qatar

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon [Gage Skidmore/Flickr]
Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon [Gage Skidmore/Flickr]

The UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt were planning to invade and occupy Qatar, remarks made by the Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon confirm.

Made 10 months ago, during a meeting at Hudson Institute, a conservative American think tank, Bannon said US President Donald Trump's summit with Arab leaders in Riyadh held in May discussed a plan to occupy Qatar. His comments only surfaced this weekend.

"We went into the summit with UAE, Saudi Arabia and others; the number one thing was that we must take care of this financing of radical Islam, and there can be no more – as President Trump said – no more games," Bannon said.

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"You can't have it both ways. You can't on one side say you are a friend and an ally and on the other side be financing the Muslim Brotherhood or Hamas," he added, referring to Qatar.

"I do not think it's just by happenstance that two weeks after that summit, you saw the blockade by the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, Egypt and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on Qatar," Bannon said.

At the time of the summit, Bannon said, he had information that Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Egypt were ready to step in and carry out the plan.

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