In an interview to be broadcast Sunday on "60 Minutes," the emir, a former ally of Syrian President Bashar Assad, said he supports protesters in the Arab world who are seeking "justice and dignity." He is the first Arab leader to suggest a military intervention in Syria, where an estimated 5,000 people have been killed in an ongoing government crackdown on large protests.
Asked directly about sending troops, the emir responded: "For such a situation to stop the killing ... some troops should go to stop the killing."
Qatar, where the 250,000 citizens have the largest per-capital income in the world thanks to the world's third-largest natural gas deposits and large oil reserves, is one of the few Arab countries that has not been rocked by protests. The state owns al-Jazeera, the Arabic-language broadcaster that has played an influential role in the "Arab Spring."
"The top people in the Arab countries" have often been critical of al-Jazeera, the emir said.
Assad agreed to an Arab League peace plan for Syria that included a monitoring team in the country. But dissidents say the killings continued while the monitors were there.
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