Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Syrian opposition: secret accord

The British Times published an article in January 2012 that said Saudi Arabia and Qatar joined in a covert deal to fund weapons acquisitions by the Syrian opposition to topple the regime of Bashar Assad. A secret accord between the governments of Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the Syrian opposition was reached after the Arab League of Nations foreign ministers Cairo meeting in January 2012. A representative of the Syria opposition told the British newspaper that Saudi Arabia offered any assistance. He added Turkey also took an active part in supporting the opposition by delivering arms across the Syria-Turkey border. 

Mehmet Ali Ediboglu, a deputy from the province of Hatay, said to a United Arab Emirates outlet the National there were great quantities of Turkey-made fire arms in Syria. Ediboglu was part of the Turkish Republican People's Party team coming to Syria in September 2011. The Syrian officials showed the delegation truckloads of weapons unloaded in deserted buffer zone between Syrian and Turkish checkpoints. According to the Turkish deputy’s interview the weapons were delivered by the Muslim Brothers.

Pro-Israeli Debka internet-outlet close to the Israeli Intelligence Mossad reported as far back as August 2011 that NATO delivered shoulder-fired air defense systems, anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns to the opposition forces across the territory of Turkey. “Syrian rebels have been receiving training inside Turkey” Debka reported. NATO and the USA organized a campaign to recruit thousands of Muslim volunteers from different countries to boost the might of Syrian “rebels”. The Turkish army provided them with training and safe passage across the Turkey-Syrian border. 

Syria now views Saudi Arabia as its number one enemy and accuses it of trying to destroy the country by arming jihadists and other rebels fighting to oust President Bashar al-Assad.





January 27, 2012 - Gulf States to arm Syrian opposition?

In 2012 Qatar bought 200 “Leopard 2″ battle tanks and the German government responded positively to the Saudis request to buy up to 270 of the Leopard 2 tanks. In a new request, the sheikhs petitioned the German government for its approval of the purchase of a few hundred “Boxer” armed transport vehicles.

June 25, 2013 – Saudi Arabia: ‘Syrian rebels must be armed’

November 7, 2013 – Syria: Saudi Arabia to spend millions to train new rebel force

December 12, 2013 – Why Is Saudi Arabia Buying 15,000 U.S. Anti-Tank Missiles for a War It Will Never Fight?

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December 21, 2013 - U.S. blocking Iranian role in Syrian peace talks next month - Thirty countries, including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Kuwait, have been invited to participate in the opening session of the peace conference...

Photo: Picture of a U.S. military base in Qatar, thousands of warplanes. A part of it is used to bombard Afghanistan.


In the name of Allah


Qatar has the largest American Base outside the US.  The american aircraft bombs Afghanistan everyday.  'in the name of Allah'...


Latest News Syria: Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi

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June 30, 2013

Iranian Foreign Minister, Ali Akbar Salehi, stressed during a meeting with new Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, the necessity of preserving the national sovereignty and territorial integrity of Syria to provide suitable conditions to emerge from the current crisis and move towards the Syrian-Syrian political dialogue.

Salehi, who is visiting Qatar heading a political delegation, explained the Iranian policy towards Syria and the importance of consolidating security and stability in the Gulf region, stressing the necessity of upgrading regional cooperation.

The Qatari Emir described Iran as an influential country in the region, stressing the importance of making use of Iran's capacities to resolve and settle regional problems.

Iran's Chief of Staff: U.S.-Western calculations about Syria have all failed

Iranian Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces Major-General, Hassan Fairouz Abadi, stressed that the calculations of the US and the West have failed in Syria and victory is now in the hands of the resistance in the region.

In a speech, Fairouz Abadi slammed the behavior of some countries which support terrorists in Syria with weapons, saying "The west must know well that the balance of power on the ground does not change by the flow of weapons to al-Qaeda and its allies in Syria."

He added that the West and the Zionists have lost the lead as sending weapons to the terrorists in Syria is no more feasible and does not help them carry out their schemes.

Kerry: Political solution to Syria crisis only way out

US Secretary of State, John Kerry said that the political solution to the crisis in Syria is the only way out.

Kerry, who concluded a visit to the occupied Palestinian lands, said in a press conference on Sunday ''I am looking forward to talks with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, because the situation in Syria is dangerous, and part of the talks will focus on how to ramp up efforts to have a bearing on the events.''

Kerry affirmed that peaceful solution is the only way to save Syria, stressing that there is no military solution to the crisis.

Washington is sending contradictory signals on Syria as Kerry's statements emphasize the importance of political solution while the US announced that it will provide military aid to the armed terrorist groups in Syria.

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Latest News Syria: Washington wants a 'political solution'


U.S. military base in Qatar

Latest News: Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office


'Taliban fighters welcome Qatar office'

Jun 21, 2013

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan // Taliban fighters on Friday hailed the rebels' new office in Qatar as evidence of their success on the front lines but vowed to battle on until all US forces leave Afghanistan.

The opening of the office in Qatar was seen as a first step towards a peace deal as the US-led NATO combat mission ends next year, but a furious Kabul accused the rebels of posing as a government-in-exile.

Talk of a meeting between US and Taliban officials has been put on hold, and the US has stressed the office must not be treated as an embassy for the hardliners who were ousted from power in 2001.

"We welcome the opening of the Taliban office in Qatar, and we are happy about it," Mullah Ehsanullah, a local Taliban fighter in the Zherai district of southern province Kandahar, told AFP by telephone.

"With the establishment of this office, we want to hold talks with the international community like an independent and sovereign state.

"We are reaching our goals in defeating the US, now we want to free our country from occupation. We want to build our country on our own."

When the Qatar office opened on Tuesday, it used the title of the rebels' 1996-2001 government, the "Islamic Emirate Of Afghanistan" and flew the white Taliban flag -- a provocative symbol of oppression to many Afghans.

Afghanistan's envoy to the United Nations, Zahir Tanin, on Thursday described the opening as "theatrical" which he said contravened an agreement on how the occasion would be managed.

A well-informed member of the Afghan Taliban in Pakistan told AFP that peace moves would not impact the fighters' guerrilla campaign of roadside bombs, suicide attacks and ambushes.

"There is not likely to be any immediate change on the ground, with fighting ongoing despite the starting of talks," he said, warning that any Qatar deal would be hard to implement as the insurgents were decentralised.

"Taliban representatives in Doha are not very powerful and influential within the insurgency," he said, speaking from Pakistan.

"So they might not be powerful enough to impose the outcome of negotiations on the main shura (council) which has the power."

In Pakistan's tribal district of North Waziristan -- the country's most notorious bastion of militants -- a regular visitor told AFP that insurgents believe peace talks are possible only if all US troops leave Afghanistan and all Taliban prisoners are freed.

"It (the peace process) is new but I'm not very hopeful," said the visitor to Miranshah, the main town in the district.

"The Taliban know that the Afghan government may allow the US to keep nine military bases in the future, which means the US will not withdraw.

"In the mind of many jihadis, as long as the US is in Afghanistan one way or the other, they will fight them."

The Taliban on Wednesday claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on the largest US-led military base in Afghanistan that killed four Americans.




'U.S. military base in Qatar for operations in Afghanistan'

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Following joint military operations during Operation Desert Storm in 1991, Qatar and the United States concluded a Defense Cooperation Agreement that has been subsequently expanded. In April 2003, the U.S. Combat Air Operations Center for the Middle East moved from Prince Sultan Air Base in Saoudi Arabia to Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base south of Doha, the Qatari capital.

Al Udeid Air Base (Arabic: قاعدة العديد الجوية) is also known as Abu Nakhlah Airport (Arabic:مطار أبو نخلة). It houses foreign coalition personnel and assets. It is host to a forward headquarters of United States Central Command, headquarters of United States Air Forces CentralNo. 83 Expeditionary Air Group RAF, and the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing of the USAF. In 1999, the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Hamad, reportedly told US officials that he would like to see as many as 10,000 US servicemen permanently stationed at Al Udeid.

Al Udeid and other facilities in Qatar serve as logistics, command, and basing hubs for the U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) area of operations, including Iraq and Afghanistan.


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Qatari investment fund pays £400m for Park Lane hotel

InterContinental is latest London asset for emirate investing oil and gas cash in European real estate

28 March 2013 

The gas and oil wealth of Qatar has been used to snap up another UK asset after the emirate bought the InterContinental London Park Lane hotel in a £400m deal.

Constellation Hotels, part of the Qatar Holding investment vehicle that has invested in Sainsbury's and Barclays, has paid £301.5m for InterContinental Hotel Group's 57-year lease on the 447-bedroom property close to Hyde Park, the company announced on Thursday.

In a separate £100m deal it also acquired the freehold from the Crown Estate, the property company that controls the assets of the Queen. The Qataris beat six other bidders to the deal, thought to include other sovereign wealth funds from the Middle East and Asia. The level of competition meant the £301.5m price tag gave IHG a 62% premium to the hotel's book value.

One IHG source said: "We are pretty pleased." The move comes after it emerged last year that the Qataris had backed indebted Irish property investor Patrick McKillen, who was seeking £70m to buy a controlling stake in Maybourne Hotel Group – which includes Claridges – from billionaire brothers David and Frederick Barclay.

The increasingly bitter saga between McKillen and the twins ended up with the two sides fighting for control of the hotels in London's high court.

The latest announcement comes after a run of deals that are thought to have resulted in Qatar investing £3bn in European real estate in the 12 months to mid-August 2012, the equivalent to six weeks' revenue from the country's liquefied natural gas exports, according to Reuters.

It is also Qatar's latest asset in London, after investments in the Shard skyscraper, Harrods department store and the athlete's village in the Olympic Park.

However, despite these high profile moves, the Qatari companies remain opaque. A spokesman for Qatar Holding declined to comment on the deal, as he had been given no details by the sovereign wealth fund.

Those who have worked with Qatar Holding say it is the personal investment vehicle of the emir – Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani – and it prefers to buy overseas assets in order to diversify its vast natural resource wealth into investments that guarantee future prosperity.

The chairman of Qatar Holding is Sheikh Hamad Bin Jassem Bin Jabor al-Thani, Qatar's prime minister, cousin of the emir and known to City bankers as HBJ.

He first made headlines in the UK a decade ago following a £500m arms deal between Qatar and BAE Systems after which £7m was transferred into two Jersey trusts of which he was a beneficiary. The funds were frozen by the Jersey Financial Services Commission, which then began a court case and investigation.

HBJ paid the Jersey authorities £6m as a "voluntary reparation" as "the structures put in place by his advisers may have contributed to the cost and complexity of the inquiry" and the case was dropped while all parties denied any wrongdoing.

There have been other brief controversies too, and most recently Barclays has been dealing with allegations about its relationship with Qatar at the peak of the 2008 financial crisis, when the emirate was the main contributor to a £7.3bn lifeline that allowed the bank to avoid a taxpayer bailout.

The Serious Fraud Office and Financial Services Authority are reportedly investigating whether Barclays lent Qatar funds to buy shares in the bank.

Photo: Constellation Hotels' acquisition of the InterContinental on Park Lane is the latest in a string of high-profile London property deals by the Qataris. 


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Qatar is backing the so called 'Free Syrian Army' and the terrorists groups in Syria with money and weapons...