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Follow the money: Qatar accused in London of funding terrorism

https://www.mideastdiscourse.com/2021/06/08/follow-the-money-qatar-accused-in-london-of-funding-terrorism/

Steven Sahiounie, journalist and political commentator

A court case is making its way through the commercial division of the UK High Court in London, which alleges Qatar funneled money to the Al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, Jibhat al-Nusra.  Qatar National Bank and Doha Bank stand accused of facilitating the transactions.  The UK and Qatar are close allies, and Doha Bank does business in London. 

Nine unnamed Syrians filed a claim for damages against two Qatari banks, multiple charities, businessmen, politicians, civil servants, and other defendants, alleging that the Gulf state’s monarch’s private office was central to a scheme of illicit money transfers to Jibhat al-Nusra. The accusers are claiming damages for financial losses, torture, arbitrary detention and threats of execution at the hands of Jibhat al-Nusra. Matthew Jury, the managing partner at McCue & Partners, said: “British justice is the envy of the world, a refuge for victims to hold perpetrators of international crimes to account and we must ensure it remains that way.”

The case alleges that the conspiracy includes the Muslim Brotherhood, meetings in Turkey and money laundering. The defendants include Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani, Qatar’s former prime minister, and Abdulhadi Mana al-Hajri, the owner of Ritz hotel in London.

In November 2020, allegations of perverting the course of justice emerged in London in the case against Doha Bank. Ben Emmerson QC, who represents four of the claimants, told the high court that interference with justice had included “harassment, intimidation, pressure, unlawful covert surveillance overseas, threatened visits by armed and masked men during the night, attempted bribery and criminal inducements”. The Met police counter-terror unit investigated the allegations. 

In August 2020, a courtroom transcript revealed by the Nordic Monitor website exposed that Turkish Brigadier General Semih Terzi was killed on the direct orders of Lt. Gen. Zekai Aksakalli, the then head of Turkey’s Special Forces Command.

The court transcript containing the testimony of Col. Firat Alakus, of the intelligence section of the Special Forces Command, revealed that Terzi discovered the illegal transfer of Qatari funds to jihadists in Syria.  In a hearing at the 17th High Criminal Court in Ankara in March 2019, Alakus testified that Qatar was involved in the conspiracy against the Syrian government, and funds were funneled to support terrorists after they were transferred to Turkey.

“Terzi knew how much of the funding delivered to Turkey by Qatar for the purpose of purchasing weapons and ammunition for the opposition was actually used for that and how much of it was actually used by public officials, how much was embezzled,” Alakus said.

In 2013, the Financial Times reported that Qatar had spent as much as $3bn bankrolling opposition groups in Syria. Jibhat al-Nusra is listed by the UN, US and EU as a terrorist group; however, it became the strongest armed group on the ground fighting for ‘regime change’ in Syria. Western media continues to wrongly refer to Jibhat al-Nusra as ‘rebels’ as they occupy Idlib today and hold about three million civilians as human shields. 

In 2017, a number of Arab countries imposed a land blockade against Qatar and cut relations citing Qatar’s support for terrorism.

David Cameron, former Prime Minister of the UK, fully supported the US-NATO ‘regime change’ project in Syria, designed to remove a secular president and replace him with a Muslim Brotherhood puppet who would be compliant with the West, and Israel.

The recent media reports on the case accusing Qatar have used the term ‘secret’ in describing the funneling of money to fund terrorists in Syria, but it was never secret, and everyone who was a victim of terrorism in Syria was well aware the money was coming from Qatar through Turkey, which served as the base of operations for the terrorists.

Turkey was the physical location, Qatar provided the funding, but it was the US Central Intelligence Agency’s office in Southern Turkey which coordinated weapons, training, satellite imaging and logistics for the terrorists in Syria.  Weapons were sent from Libya to Turkey via Hillary Clinton’s ordered ‘Rat Line’ and handed over to the terrorists. Turkey used military trucks to ferry weapons across the border to Idlib, and in one case, an American reporter witnessed a UN truck carrying arms and terrorists crossing the border.  Serena Shim was killed shortly after her reporting. 

In a 2017 interview, Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, admitted that Qatar supplied financial support to the terrorists, but he explained that the money was supplied at the behest of the US.  Jassim’s defense points the finger of blame at former US President Obama, who was the co-architect of the war on Syria, alongside former French President Nicholas Sarkozy.

“Anything that went, went to Turkey and was coordinated with US forces,” al-Thani explained on Qatari TV, while adding, “All distribution was done through the US and the Turks and us and everyone else that was involved, the military people.” He had previously voiced similar admissions in an interview with the US journalist Charlie Rose.    Qatar is home to the al-Udeid air base, hosting some 11,000 US soldiers, making it the largest US military base in the entire region. 

Radical Islam is a political ideology, and all of the terrorists and so called ‘rebels’ were following Radical Islam.  France’s Macron now states that France is at war with Radical Islam after having suffered many terrorist attacks on French soil.  However, Sarkozy, Obama, and Cameron knowingly supported terrorists in Syria for their narrow political agenda, to effect ‘regime change’.  A devastating terrorist attack involving innocent lives lost in Paris is a tragedy, but the same attack multiplied 100 times in Damascus is justified.  Qatar, Turkey, US, EU, and the UK all have blood on their hands. 

Steven Sahiounie is an award-winning journalist

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magicmirror
magicmirror
June 10, 2021

“British justice is the envy of the world, a refuge for victims …..”
ask Assange….

jdd
jdd
Reply to  magicmirror
June 10, 2021

. . . Ask the untold millions of victims of the peoples that were subjected to the rule of the empire on which “the sun never sets.”

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
Reply to  jdd
June 10, 2021

Q: “The Sun never sets on the British Empire, because God doesn’t trust the British in the dark.”

Such thankless Untermensch
Such thankless Untermensch
Reply to  jdd
June 10, 2021

Just another one of our ‘white man’s burden’ moments.

Stupid Pet Tricks
Stupid Pet Tricks
Reply to  magicmirror
June 10, 2021

They once had the Magna Carta, then turned it into the Magna Farta.

We've sold the London Bridge five times over
We've sold the London Bridge five times over
Reply to  magicmirror
June 10, 2021

He was a few billion pounds short of a refuge.

Hopium
Hopium
Reply to  magicmirror
June 10, 2021

For all those concerned about Assange, here is a petition you can sign to hopefully get him released. Sadly there are only a few thousands signatory when there should be millions. https://www.change.org/p/la-justice-du-royaume-uni-gen%C3%A8ve-lance-un-appel-pour-lib%C3%A9rer-assange

Josef Goebbels
Josef Goebbels
Reply to  Hopium
June 11, 2021

“Sadly there are only a few thousands signatory when there should be millions.”

Propaganda works

Florian Geyer
Florian Geyer
Reply to  magicmirror
June 10, 2021

Well said and so very true.

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
June 10, 2021

HYPOCRITES! The UK Regime + Deep-State created grooms funds the ‘White Helmets‘ Terrorist Organization besides arming funding using AQ + ISIS as Proxy ‘Agents of Chaos Death + Destruction‘ together with their usual Accomplices + Partners in Crimes.

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Integrity Initiative
Integrity Initiative
Reply to  Brokenspine66
June 10, 2021

We do it all in the name of integrity.

Brokenspine66
Brokenspine66
Reply to  Integrity Initiative
June 10, 2021

Yep, the UK’s Deep-State Off-Shoots ‘Integrity Initiative‘ & ‘Institute for Statecraft‘ made serial Bullshitting + Gaslighting to an unappreciated Artform like their biggest successes such as the Skripal + Navalny Poisoning Hoaxes and the absolute masterpiece of one of their accomplished acolytes Chistopher Steel, the phony BS ‘Dosier‘ and foundation of the Russiagate Hoax.

truth in advertising
truth in advertising
Reply to  Integrity Initiative
June 11, 2021

Seems you should be calling yourselves “Integrated Initiative”, as in ‘integrated with MI6’.

Nick Knack
Nick Knack
June 10, 2021

Not to worry, Qataris. The US hosts a naval base there and will be sure to quash any unpleasant rulings against your favor.

Naval Jelly Greases the Wheels
Naval Jelly Greases the Wheels
Reply to  Nick Knack
June 10, 2021

There’s an old American saying that pertains to those blossoming democracies of the Arabian peninsula: ‘Don’t throw the baby out with the incubator’.

Elmer 'Clapper' Fudd
Elmer 'Clapper' Fudd
Reply to  Naval Jelly Greases the Wheels
June 10, 2021

I never met a dictator that I didn’t want to turn into an ally. If bribery or blackmail don’t work, put the fear of assassination in their heads.

truth in advertising
truth in advertising
Reply to  Elmer 'Clapper' Fudd
June 11, 2021

Be sure though that they understand you’ll make it look like it’s coming from the other side.

Florian Geyer
Florian Geyer
June 10, 2021

 Matthew Jury, the managing partner at McCue & Partners, said: “British justice is the envy of the world, “

I would argue that British Justice is a myth and always has been.
Paedophilia for example rarely ‘convicts’ the powerful.

The BLM furore and Covid scams have shown to all with eyes to see, that British Justice is dead.

Employing rabid terrorists to fight wars of choice is a cowardly act indeed.

Juris Imprudence
Juris Imprudence
Reply to  Florian Geyer
June 11, 2021

Breaker Morant, a bird’s eye view of the British justice machine.

jpthiran
June 11, 2021

…intresting…good information on the enormous Syrian tragedy and the huge responsabilities of the West!…very sinister all this conspiracy!…

Mondo Cane
Mondo Cane
June 11, 2021

Just London up to its old tricks again, trying to strongarm Qatar into funding terrorists strictly through its white helmets franchise.

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