Qatari special operations personnel conduct a military free-fall Friendship Jump over Qatar.
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Qatar's emir is persona non grata to four U.S.-allied Arab states that accuse his wealthy Gulf nation of sponsoring extremists, but he recently received a warm welcome at the sprawling military base his troops share with thousands of American soldiers.Yet even before the Qatar crisis began on June 5, some in Washington questioned the U.S. military's reliance on a base in a country whose leadership has supported Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood. However, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani's visit to the base on Sept. 11 added new tension.One photograph at the base, released by state media, showed a stenciled poster of Sheikh Tamim, an image now seen across Doha as a sign of support for the ruler amid the boycott.U.S. bases routinely welcome leaders of their host countries, Thomas said.
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