Iran claims Qatar wired $5 billion to Syrian rebelsAugust 11, 2013
An Iranian news agency has claimed that Qatar is sending a whopping 5 billion U.S. dollars to rebels fighting the Assad’s Shia-aligned Alawite regime. The money is allegedly being transmitted through Qatar Charity (QC), which will administer 60 percent of the funds, while the radical Turkish charity IHH will allocate the balance of the money.
This story came out a month ago, but we missed it at the time—probably because we don’t normally read articles by Iranian state-affiliated media with poor sourcing and doubtful numbers. Maybe they meant “million” instead of “billion,” or “Syrian pounds” instead of “USD.”
At any rate, Qatar’s use of QC and Turkey’s use of IHH to further their own foreign policy objectives by financing Islamist rebels abroad is consistent with what we already know to be true. At a minimum, this article reveals that Iran too has become concerned about the increasing power of QC and IHH, and we should be as well.
Qatar Charity Wiring $5bln to Syria Rebels
TEHRAN (FNA)- Qatar has undertaken to pay another USD5 billion to the rebels in Syria, sources revealed on Saturday.
“Following the Friends of Syria meeting in Doha, Qatar has undertaken to pay a sum of USD5 billion to Syrian rebel groups,” a diplomat present at the recent Doha meeting told FNA.
“All this money is now being paid to the rebels in Syria through the Qatar Charity (QC) foundation,” added the source.
“The rebels are due to spend USD3 billion of the financial aid under the direct supervision of the Qatari government,” he explained, and added, “And the remaining USD2 billion will be spent under the supervision of Turkey’s IHH.”
Meantime, other sources revealed that directors of the regional bureaus of the US, British, French, Turkish, Saudi, Qatari and Jordanian intelligence agencies had met in Ankara last month to discuss a rebel attack in reprisal for the Syrian army’s recent victory in Al-Qusseir and extension of increased financial aid to the militants.
“Top intelligence officials of the US, Britain, France, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Jordan convened in an urgent meeting at the British ambassador’s residence in Ankara on June 7 to discuss an immediate rebel attack on the Syrian government and army positions in reprisal for the Syrian army’s recent victory in Al-Qusseir,” a liaison officer coordinating the meeting told FNA.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous due to the sensitivity of his information and for fear of his life, said that the urgent meeting was called to assess the psychological impacts of the Syrian army’s victory in Al-Qusseir on rebel groups and work out a morale-boost response to Damascus.
The source said one of the key issues discussed at the meeting pertained to “increasing financial aids to the rebels by Saudi Arabia and Qatar”…