Mahmoud Hasan: six years of borderless Qatari scandals

Since 2010, Qatar has occupied a prominent place in the classified documents that WikiLeaks used to publish. These documents unmasked the face that Doha was keen to conceal from public opinion as embodied in Al Jazeera channel’s close association with the Qatari politics – despite the channel’s claim that it is independent – and the relationship of the Qatari government-funded channel with the US intelligence. Lately, Doha appeared in what was known as “Panama Documents” on money laundering and was also shown to be funding Daesh which is already known by Washington.

Dubious Al Jazeera
Qatar has used Al Jazeera as a tool to compromise its GCC and Arab neighbours with a view to be their leaders. Its ambition and clumsy policy, however, led to its fall.

Qatar’s Al Jazeera TV played a dubious role in the crises that hit Egypt, Syria and Libya, spreading rumours during the Arab Spring revolutions which led to the collapse of their national institutions.

Qatari research centres have intensified their work in recent years and produced a number of studies for broadcasting through the Qatari news channels, especially Al Jazeera, for targeting the powerful Arab armies in the Arab region in the hope of creating a false position for a tiny state in terms of thinking, politics and area.

Through WikiLeaks, Al Khaleej is highlighting below 6 years of Qatari scandals:

The WikiLeaks website revealed that Doha had a close relationship with extremist organisations such as Daesh by presenting emails by the losing candidate in the US presidential election, Hillary Clinton, in which she admitted that Qatar was providing financial and logistic support to Daesh militants.  These included an email sent by Clinton to John Podesta, director of her presidential campaign, who filled the post of adviser to the US president, on September 27, 2014. The e-mail contained a plan of 8 points for fighting Daesh in Syria and Iraq.

Clinton said: “While the military operations are going on, the US needs to use diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to put pressure on the Government of Qatar, which is secretly providing financial and logistic aid to such extremist organisations in the region as Daesh.” Clinton added that these efforts would prompt Qatar to seek a balanced policy between its passion for ensuring its hegemony over the Islamic world and the consequences of the US’ serious pressures.


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