This screen grab from an undated video released by the Qatar based television al-Jazeera, shows Peter Theo Curtis, a 45-year-old author and freelance journalist, while detained in Syria. AFP PHOTO/ AL-JAZEERA
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Qatar, which mediated the release of a US hostage held by Al-Qaeda in Syria, seeks to prove its role in confronting the Islamist radicals it has been accused of supporting, experts say.In June, Qatar brokered a deal under which five Taliban militants were freed in return for the release of US Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who was captured by Afghan militants.Despite unprecedented tensions between Qatar on one hand, and Saudi Arabia, the Emirates and Egypt on the other, Attiyah took part with his three counterparts in an Arab meeting held on Sunday.According to experts, Qatar has been left with no choice but to join international and regional efforts to contain the rise of Islamist extremists.Qatar's support for the Muslim Brotherhood, banned in several Arab countries and listed as a "terrorist" group by Riyadh, has already left Doha in hot water with most of its Gulf neighbours.
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