Saturday, January 14, 2012

Qatari Leader: Send Arab Troops Into Syria

The leader of Qatar has said Arab troops should be sent to Syria to stop the regime's violent crackdown on protesters.

Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani's comments, made to CBS, are the first by an Arab leader calling for the deployment of troops inside Syria.

They come amid growing claims that a team of Arab League observers dispatched to the country to curb the bloodshed has failed in its mission.

Qatar, which once had close relations with Damascus, has been a harsh critic of the 10-month crackdown by President Bashar al Assad's government.

The wealthy and influential Gulf state withdrew its ambassador to Syria in the summer to protest against the killings.

The leading Qatar-based al Jazeera television has also been a strong supporter of the Arab uprisings, although some say the station remained largely silent during anti-government protests in the Gulf state of Bahrain. more