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Turkey is preparing to send up to a thousand troops to Qatar after President Erdogan publicly criticised four Arab powers who are demanding that the tiny Gulf state cede to their demands before they lift a blockade.

Sending reinforcements will increase tensions because the closure of Turkey’s military base was one of 13 demands set as the price of lifting an embargo imposed by Qatar’s neighbours, led by Saudi Arabia, three weeks ago. Riyadh has accused Qatar of supporting terrorism and fostering links with its regional rival Iran.

Saudi Arabia, which has itself been accused of supporting terrorism, has become a target for extremists in recent years, with Islamic State calling for attacks on the kingdom. The authorities foiled an attack on the Grand Mosque…

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