The government of Qatar paid to international terrorists hundreds of millions of dollars for the release from captivity of members of the Royal family, captured in southern Iraq. On Monday, 5 June, the Financial Times reports with reference to the warlords and government officials in the region.
According to the publication, the transaction took place in April. The money was used to repurchase 26 people taken hostage in the course of falconry, and the rescue of 50 soldiers captured by jihadists in Syria.
Official Doha denies supporting terrorists, however, a source close to the government of the Emirate, confirmed the newspaper the fact of the transfer of some money. However, he does not know the exact amount, and don’t know exactly where the money went. Sources from both parties involved in the negotiations for the release, saying that 200 to 300 million dollars went to the payment group “Tahrir al-sham”, formerly known as “Jabhat EN-Nusra” (banned in Russia).
5 June Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the UAE announced the rupture of diplomatic relations with Qatar, accusing Doha of supporting terrorist organisations, including the banned in Russia “Islamic state” (IG) and “al-Qaeda”, as well as committing acts to destabilize the political situation in these Arab States. To their solution later joined by Yemen, Libya, the Maldives and Mauritius.