Staff writer, Al Arabiya English
Qatar has been told by the Trump administration to stop financial assistance to pro-Iranian militias in the Middle East after Doha’s dealings with these groups came out in the open.
“At a time when the US government is trying to persuade Iran to end its support for terror groups in the Middle East, we do not believe it is helpful that Qatar continues to have ties with such organizations.”
With the American air base Al Udaid that is at the heart of its anti-ISIS campaign based in Qatar as well as the latter being an ally in the war on terror, it was inconceivable that the Trump administration would look the other way when it came to dealing with Doha.
The Qatari explanation is that the communications were necessitated by the urgent “need to secure the release of members of the Qatari royal family who were kidnapped while on a hunting expedition in southern Iraq.”
In one of the intercepted emails, a senior Qatari official reports that £50 million was paid to Soleimani in April 2017, while another £25 million was paid to an Iraqi Shia terror organization that is accused of killing scores of American troops in southern Iraq.