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Iraqi oppositionists appear safe in Qatar for now

Politically besieged Doha is moving closer to Iraq, which raises concerns about the future of the Iraqi opposition residing in Qatar.
Iraqi Foreign Minister Naji Sabri prays during Friday prayer in a
mosque in Baghdad April 4, 2003. Terrified civilians fled into Baghdad
on Friday after U.S. forces battled their way into the nearby
international airport, their biggest prize yet in a war to oust a
defiant President Saddam Hussein. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic


BAGHDAD — Qatar's relations with Iraq, which have been expanding since Qatar recently found itself shunned by its fellow Gulf countries, are raising questions about whether Doha will continue to host opponents of Iraq's government. 

Among the most prominent figures hosted by Qatar are the wife of the late Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, Sajida Khairallah Talfah; the last foreign minister in Saddam’s regime, Naji Sabri al-Hadithi; and Saddam's longtime aide Arshad Yassin.

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