Skip to comments.Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali?
Posted on 01/22/2013 8:43:36 AM PST by bayouranger
Oil-rich gulf state Qatar has a vested interest in the outcome of the north Mali crisis, according to various reports that have been picked up by French MPs, amid suspicion that Doha may be siding with the rebels to extend its regional influence.
Since Islamist groups exploited a military coup in the Malian capital of Bamako in early 2012 to take control of the entire north of the country, accusations of Qatari involvement in a crisis that has seen France deploy troops have been growing.
Last week two French politicians explicitly accused Qatar of giving material support to separatists and Islamists in north Mali, adding fuel to speculation that the Emirate is playing a behind-the-scenes role in spreading Islamic fundamentalism in Africa.
French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and Communist Party Senator Michelle Demessine both said that that Qatar had questions to answer.
If Qatar is objecting to Frances engagement in Mali its because intervention risks destroying Dohas most fundamentalist allies, Le Pen said in a statement on her party website, in response to a call by Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani for dialogue with the Islamists.
The first accusations of Qatari involvement with Tuareg separatists and Islamist groups came in a June 2012 article in respected French weekly the Canard Enchainé.
In a piece title Our friend Qatar is financing Malis Islamists, the newspaper alleged that the oil-rich Gulf state was financing the separatists(http://www.france24.com/en/20130121-mali-refugees-unhcr-interview-islamist-cut-off-hands).
A month later Sadou Diallo, the mayor of the north Malian city of Gao [which had fallen to the Islamists] told RTL radio: The French government knows perfectly well who is supporting these terrorists. Qatar, for example, continues to send so-called aid and food every day to the airports of Gao and Timbuktu.
The presence of Qatari NGOs in north Mali is no secret. Last summer, in the wake of the separatist takeover, the Qatari Red Crescent was the only humanitarian organisation granted access to the vast territory.
One member of the Qatari humanitarian team told AFP at the end of June that they had simply come to Gao to evaluate the humanitarian needs of the region in terms of water and electricity access.....
~~ I'm shocked! The filthy qataris wouldn't betray the kafirs, right?
It would be an extension of the effort Qatar is already making in Egypt, Libya and in Tunisia.
Another State Dept home run!
Maybe Algore knows?
Seriously, though, Qatar has been suspected of funding jihad in the past.
Qatar wants to establish Al-Gorezeera TV in Mali
Tune in to Al Jazeera to find out. Same goat time. Same goat channel!
Instead of running around in the Sahara desert France should tackle the problem at its root. And let ELF exploit the Qatari oil reserves for all I care.