An artist's impression of the Qatar Foundation Stadium, one of the venues for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. A FIFA task force recommended today that soccer's showcase tournament be played from late November to the end of December. AP hide caption

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A member of the Saudi border guards mans a machine gun at the border with Iraq in July. Since the so-called Islamic State launched its offensive this summer in Iraq, Saudi Arabia has sent thousands of troops to the region. Faisal Nasser/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Facing Threats From ISIS And Iran, Gulf States Set To Join Forces
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Shortly before they left Qatar on Wednesday, Grace and Matthew Huang spoke with Dana Shell Smith, the U.S. ambassador to Qatar, at the Hamad International Airport in Doha. Osama Faisal/AP hide caption

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter told a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka, on Tuesday that FIFA wasn't responsible for the working conditions of laborers who are building the stadiums for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. He said the companies that employed the migrant workers should be responsible for their safety. M.A. Pushpa Kumara /EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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FIFA President Joseph Blatter is flanked by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (right) and Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani on Dec. 2, 2010, in Zurich, Switzerland, after the announcement that Russia will host the 2018 World Cup and Qatar in 2022. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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FIFA President Joseph Blatter (second right) is flanked in Zurich, Switzerland, on Dec. 2, 2010, by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov (right) and Qatar's Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani after the announcement that Russia will host the soccer World Cup in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Michael Probst/AP hide caption

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FIFA President Sepp Blatter and Qatar Football Association President Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifa Bin Ahmed al-Thani exchange documents in Doha, Qatar, on Dec. 16, 2010, after the Arab country won the bid to stage the 2022 FIFA World Cup. Osama Faisal/AP hide caption

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Instead Of Sending Students Abroad, Qatar Imports U.S. Colleges
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Soldiers on camels take part in a military parade on Qatar's National Day in the capital Doha last Wednesday. The city's rapidly growing skyline is in the background. Despite its small size, Qatar has used its wealth to play an outsized role in regional affairs. Chen Shaojin/Xinhua/Landov hide caption

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How Tiny Qatar 'Punches Above Its Weight'
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Foreign laborers work at the site of a new road in Doha, Qatar, last month. According to recent media reports, immigrants working on projects for the World Cup in 2022 have been subject to abuse and harsh working conditions. EPA /LANDOV hide caption

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Will Qatar's World Cup Games Be Played Over Workers' Bodies?
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Qatar's former emir, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, is shown last week in the capital, Doha, shortly before he stepped down on June 25 in favor of his 33-year-old son. Such voluntary abdications are exceedingly rare in the Gulf. Bertrand Langlois/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The emir of Qatar, Sheik Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, 61, abdicated on Tuesday in favor of his 33-year-old son. Sheik Hamad is shown here during an Oval Office meeting with President Obama in April. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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