Qatar’s funding for Hezbollah threatened US troops, report claims

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Aug 6, 2020

August 6, 2020

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Qatar’s alleged financing of weapons deliveries to the militant organisation Hezbollah endangered the lives of some 10,000 US troops stationed in the country, Fox News reported on Wednesday.

A private security contractor provided a dossier to the US news channel revealing that a member of the Qatari royal family had authorised the delivery of military equipment to the group in Lebanon, which has been designated a terrorist organisation by the US and the European Union.

The Gulf state’s Al Udeid military base is home to two US Air Force squadrons and a forward headquarters of US Central Command.

The documents, Fox News reported, showed in detail how the royal family member had supported the group since 2017.

The contractor, who gave a false name to protect himself from potential retaliation overt the dossier, told the US broadcaster that his intention was to stop Qatar from “funding extremists”.

He added that the “bad apples need to be taken out of the barrel”.

The contractor also alleged that Qatar’s ambassador to Belgium and Nato, Abdulrahman bin Mohammed Sulaiman Al Khulaifi, tried to cover up the royal family’s role in financing Hezbollah with a bribe of €750,000.

Hezbollah was founded by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Lebanon in 1982 as a proxy militia for Tehran.

It retains close links with Iran and depends on it for financial support.

Updated: August 6, 2020 04:15 AM

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