The Qatari regime seeks to pull itself out the failure quagmire in all ways and means with no regard to any morals and legality, or to any consequences. This is a very serious situation which poses a threat not to the security of the region only but to the world at large, especially that Qatar has huge financial network and funds which have been used in weaving conspiracies and plots in an attempt to resolve its crisis or by gaining some points by harming the boycotting countries in a very suicidal way sometimes.

the Qatari regime did not only support terrorism but rather it created it, and not only supported the enemies of the Arab and Islamic nation, but rather instigated them and participated with them in subversive acts against the Arab states. This regime did not like the idea of any Arab country achieving victory over terrorism, so it started to plot and weave conspiracies and help enemies and terror against them.

Evidence of this is many, but the most obvious one is that the Qatari regime has formed a secret network in African countries, especially those with extreme poverty, to recruit and train their youth and then send them to fight with the Houthi group in Yemen against the Arab Coalition led by Saudi Arabia and the UAE to restore legitimacy. This is a betrayal of the fraternal people of Yemen and of the Arab and Islamic nation. It is a blatant violation of all international laws, treaties and human rights conventions; an action that includes several crimes at the same time: human trafficking, passive and subversive interference in African countries and exploiting the poverty of their peoples in order to recruit their youth and sending them to death. In addition to joining the Houthis in the killing of the Yemeni people, not to mention that this is a clear breach of Security Council Resolution No. 2216 on Yemen.

Although Qatar had been a member of the Arab Coalition for the Restoration of Legitimacy in Yemen, it had always been working for the Houthi coup and the Iranian project in Yemen, and the Qatari intelligence reached the limit of conspiring with al-Houthi and the Revolutionary Guard when it provided them with extremely serious information about the Arab Coalition forces and their places, which consequently led to the death of dozens of Arab Coalition forces. This has revealed the Qatari intentions from the very beginning, and unveiled its hostile goals towards the Arab states, especially the Gulf ones.

Qatar used to use the Africans illegally in the ranks of its small army as many reports have suggested. It exploited the poverty of these peoples to recruit their youth and then push them into hotbeds ignited by Qatar and Iran in the region. Such environment has prompted Qatar to establish an intelligence network that have stations in a number of African countries, especially Mali, Chad, Somalia, Nigeria and others, with the aim of recruiting young people and subjecting them to brainwashing, training and sending them to fight alongside the Houthis in Yemen.

This method began in conjunction with the tour of the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim to West African countries at the end of last year, which had the aim of expanding the Qatari and Turkish activities in the African continent by using economic incentives, humanitarian aids and development, and to reach African societies for the aim of exploiting human resources in ways that serve the interests of political Islam and through which it can recruit and train groups and then sending them to cover the loss of  the Houthi group caused by the Yemeni forces and the Arab Coalition. After their failure in recruiting Yemeni tribesmen, Houthis, through Qatar and Iran, resorted to the African continent to recruit terrorists and to fill their ranks in order to compensate the losses of their militia.

What helped Qatar to infiltrate rapidly in the African countries was the need of the terrorist groups there for support and fund as it was clear that the drug trade and kidnapping foreigners were no longer sufficient to meet the needs of these terrorist groups, and that what prompted them to open channels of cooperation with Qatar in return of financial support. This was confirmed by the French intelligence on more than one occasion that the National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa and Boko Haram had all received significant financial support from Qatar.

Because of these Qatari terrorist schemes which have begun to unfold, many problems and crises have been raised within the countries of the African continent because of the armed terrorist groups that Doha has supported for many years. This has prompted many countries of the continent to take diplomatic stances against Qatar, including Eritrea, Djibouti, Somalia, Mauritania, Mauritius, Comoros, Niger, Chad, Gabon and Senegal. However, Qatar’s groups and arms are still active in many African countries and work in several tracks, the most important of which is the creation of militant groups and creating rifts between African governments and Qatar’s boycotting countries.

These activities revealed several important facts to the Arab and world public opinion, the most important of which are:

First: The Qatari plot with the Iranian Safavid project has its roots since the beginning of the rule of Hamad bin Khalifa after his coup against his father in 1995. This has not started after the boycott as some might think.

Second: The decision to boycott Qatar was a wise one and aimed to combat terrorism, stop Iranian expansion and protect the security and stability of the homelands from the Iranian-Qatari subversion.

Third: The Qatari regime has recently turned into a vehicle for the Iranian regime, which sought to harm the interests, security and stability of Arab countries and peoples with an Arabic tool.

Fourth, these Qatari activities reveal the extent to which the Houthi groups are suffering of a severe shortage in their combat elements after their significant losses, thanks to the Yemeni national forces, backed by the Arab Coalition.

Experts and observers have always mentioned how Doha is exploiting the poverty, ignorance and conflicts in some African countries to recruit mercenaries that are used to target the security and stability of neighboring countries, especially Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. These activities were carried out through institutions and local organizations under the guise of aid, led by Qatar Charity and Tamim Foundation, an active institution in recruiting terrorists which is a part of the Muslim Brotherhood organization, and was able to infiltrate the poor people to deliver weapons and money to the militants.

Al Mezmaah Studies & Research Centre

16 May 2018