Wednesday, July 16, 2014

U.S. Selling $11B in Weaponry to Gulf State That Supports Hamas, Syrian Jihadists

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July 16, 2014

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Qatar’s then-emir, Hamad bin Khalifa al-Thani, and Hamas’ Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh during the Qatari leader's visit to the Gaza Strip in October 2012. (AP Photo/Mohammed Salem, File)
( – At a time when Hamas continues to fire salvos of rockets into Israel while rejecting a ceasefire proposal, the United States has finalized a deal to provide the Palestinian terrorist group’s leading supporter, Qatar, with weaponry worth $11 billion.
The deal signed at the Pentagon Monday by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his Qatari counterpart comes just months after a senior U.S. Treasury official in a speech deplored Qatar’s open support for Hamas, and covert funding for jihadists in Syria, including the al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra and the al-Qaeda offshoot the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS).
Despite concerns about this terror-sponsorship, the U.S. regards the small, natural-gas-rich Gulf state as a key regional ally. Qatar’s Al Udeid Air Base hosts the forward headquarters for U.S. Central Command.
Pentagon press secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said the agreement to sell Qatar $11 billion worth of Apache helicopters and Patriot and Javelin defense systems “underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense.”
“This is a critically important relationship in the region,” Kirby said. “And the secretary is pleased to be able to continue to make it stronger.”
During Qatari Defense Minister Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah’s visit to Washington he also met with chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey  and CIA director John Brennan.
A statement by the Gulf state’s official news agency QNA said the U.S. officials during those meetings had “praised the leading role of the State of Qatar in maintaining the security and stability of the region.”
Qatar’s foreign and security policy decisions do not always align with U.S. interests, however.
In a speech last March, the Treasury Department’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, David Cohen, said fundraisers in Qatar were collecting donations for extremists in Syria, including ISIS and al-Nusra.
“Press reports indicate that the Qatari government is also supporting extremist groups operating in Syria,” he said. “To say the least, this threatens to aggravate an already volatile situation.”
In recent months, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki also has accused Qatar, as well as Saudi Arabia, of funding ISIS-led Sunni jihadists who have seized significant territory north of Baghdad.
Amid the current upsurge of violence in the Gaza Strip, Qatar’s close relationship with Hamas is again in the spotlight.
In that same speech in March, Cohen said that Qatar “has for many years openly financed Hamas, a group that continues to undermine regional stability.”
Leaked classified U.S. diplomatic cables attributed to the U.S. Embassy in Doha tracked Washington’s concerns about the Qatari financial and political support for Hamas over the years following the Palestinian terrorist group’s violent seizure of the Gaza Strip in 2007.

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