Written by Randall Stevens
Rhymes with “Gutter”
Qatar, the little known country on the Arabian peninsula with the “worst” counterterrorism reputation in the region (worse, ahem, than Iran), who also hosts two of the largest American bases in the entire world, Al Udeid and As Saliyah, and who had 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed on payroll, once again appears to be at the center of a scandal. This time, research proves that Boko Haram was founded with the support of the Qatari royal family through a Mauritanian proxy. Not only that, but Qatar was a strong supporter of the Libyan rebels, not only as an advocate through Al Jazeera, but going so far as to participate in military operations. Qatari fighter jets bombed Gaddafi targets, and Qatari special forces reportedly provided basic infantry training to rebel fighters.
There are several aspects that connect the Qataris to the Boko Haram and their allied Islamist insurgencies. Members of the Qatari royal family, the al Thanis, were reported to be among the early supporters of Boko Haram. The former president of Mauritania, Maaouya Sidi Ahmed Ould Taya, a Sunni Muslim, currently resides in the capital of Qatar, Doha. Taya has been linked to Boko Haram (providing “lots of funds”), which was founded in 2002 as, one report puts it, a “money making venture.” Taya now teaches at a Ahmed bin Mohammed Military School in Qatar.
It may seem bizarre to start an Islamist group as a money making venture. Yet it is perfectly sensible, considering that the unpoliced regions of North Africa are smuggler territory. Take, for example, the case of al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM). Formed in 1998 out of the Groupe Islamique Armé (an Algerian insurgency group), they operate across northern Africa, including in Mali, Algeria, Chad, Libya, Tunisia, Niger, and Morocco. AQIM is known for kidnapping (sound familiar?) and smuggling, most notably cigarette smuggling. In 2009, a Boeing 727 was discovered, torched, in the Malian city of Gao. It had departed from Venezuela, and was reported filled with cocaine. This was dubbed “Le Boeing de la Coke” by the French press. Smuggling, whether cigarettes or cocaine, kidnapping, slavery, and jihad – that is the AQIM/Boko Haram way. Is it any wonder that when interviewed, one Somali who joined Boko Haram was quoted as saying, “At least I could get a job. The rate of unemployment is a threat to security.”
Drugs are nothing new for the Muslim Brotherhood Qataris. It has already been reported that they are in a strategic venture with the Pakistani National Logistics Cell, who serve as heroin transporters for the Taliban (and couriers for NATO in Afghanistan). But why stop with opium? Cocaine is at least as profitable, and it’s a whole different market. Diversification is a basic business principle, and the Qataris, who operate a huge sovereign wealth fund (Qatar Investment Authority), understand this concept well.
King David’s Empire
If there is one man who has a lock on Islamism and drugs it is the Indian born Dawood Ibrahim. Among the most wanted men in the world, he enjoys the protection of the Pakistani ISI (intelligence agency) for his enterprise, dubbed D-Company. A major player in Bollywood, Ibrahim has also been tied to several infamous terror attacks, including the 1993 and 2008 bombings in Mumbai, which killed hundreds. In addition to running the Hawala system (used for money laundering), Ibrahim profits handsomely from the Taliban’s opium operations. The market for South American cocaine appears to be one of his newer ventures, for in 2009 Ibrahim’s brother Anis was granted a passport by the government of Belize, a country known for drug transiting and money laundering. (Wonder who ordered up Le Boeing de la Coke?) Additionally, Dawood Ibrahim has been tied with the crystal meth business. So vested is Dawood with the Muslim Brotherhood and the ISI, that he reportedly pledged 30% of his earnings to the ISI in exchange for continued protection.
On a slightly different subject, Ibrahim got his start with the Hindu mafia crowd. These are the same people who are close with the Hindu Nationalists, represented by the Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP. The BJP, and their leader, the violent, murderous Narenda Modi, just happened to win the Indian elections in a huge landslide victory this month. The BJP itself comes out of the Indian RSS, a movement which idolizes Adolph Hitler (much like the Muslim Brotherhood). Modi, who very likely has back channels to Ibrahim’s criminal organization, will now be the Prime Minister of India.
This network of Islamism and South American drug cartels probably sounds crazy. Yet how else do you explain the fact that Californian members of the (El Salvadoran) drug cartel MS13 have recorded themselves on video fighting the Islamists (on the side of Bashar al-Assad) in Syria? Yes, alongside the MS13 “homie” is a member of the Armenian Power gang, dressed in Hezbollah military garb. In this global turf war, Sunni Islamists/Muslim Brotherhood/al Qaeda are facing off against Hezbollah/Iran/MS13/Armenian organized crime. Hezbollah, a Shiite fundamentalist group (unlike the Sunni Muslim Brotherhood), is a major player in the cocaine business, operating in Mexico as well as Venezuela.
All of this may appear to be so unseemly that it is unfathomable that the United States would ever be involved. There are good reasons for American entanglement.
The Qatari’s American Playthings
Below is a sampling of the American establishment’s entrenchment with Qatar.
Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service
Among America’s most respected universities, Georgetown has a campus in Doha for the School of Foreign Service. According to their own website, “The University’s on-going academic discussions with policymakers, independent actors and decision makers, positioned in Washington, D.C and in Doha, Qatar as the center of east-west relations has ensured the relevancy and vibrancy of Georgetown’s programs of study for the coming century.”
Yup, we train American diplomats in Doha – the same Doha that finances terror from Africa to Syria to Europe to Asia. This may, possibly, help explain how Huma Abedin, despite her various documented family connections to the Muslim Brotherhood, became one of Hillary’s closest confidants. Huma was her Deputy Chief of Staff at the State Department, and before that her “body woman.” Under Hillary’s tenure, State even befriended the international mouthpiece of the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Jazeera superstar Yusuf al-Qaradawi, in order to negotiate with the Taliban.
Carnegie Mellon Qatar
Carnegie Mellon has a substantial footprint in Qatar. They offer no less than five majors of study, including Biological Sciences, Business Administration, Computational Biology, Computer Science, and Information Systems.
This may sound relatively harmless (or not), until you remember that that Carnegie Mellon is partnered with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security for project involving cyber security, including preventing cyber attacks. As Carnegie Mellon’s website explains:
“The Software Engineering Institute (SEI) is a federally funded research and development center sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense and operated by Carnegie Mellon University. The SEI’s core purpose is to help others make measured improvements in their software engineering capabilities.”
While the SEI is not physically in Qatar, Carnegie Mellon Qatar clearly has leveraged the expertise of their parent university, which is integral to the nation’s cyber security.
Boeing, America’s preeminent aerospace manufacturer, as well as a critical military contractor, is described by one senior executive as in a kind of “marriage” with Qatar. Said their Vice President for Sales, “The relationship is very strong; it’s kind of like a marriage. Sometimes things are okay and sometimes you’re fighting a little bit.” Not only does Boeing sell commercial airliners, such as the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, to Qatar Airlines, which has grown faster than any airline in the world in recent years, but also Apache attack helicopters.
The largest American oil company has been in Qatar since the early 1990s. Helping the al-Thanis exploit the world’s third largest natural gas reserves (behind Iran and Russia, incidentally two of their greatest geopolitical foes), as of 2010 ExxonMobil had approximately 550 employees in Qatar. Qatargas, the state monopoly LNG company for which ExxonMobil works, had revenues of $37.2 billion in 2011. So intertwined in the affairs of Qatar is the company that in 2013, they sponsored the “Qatar ExxonMobil Open 2013,” an annual tennis tournament, for the 19th straight year.
As has been noted in previous articles, these universities and companies are just a taste of the American involvement with Qatar. Other notable presences include (the foreign policy think tank) The Brookings Institution, Weill Cornell Medical College, Texas A&M, Northwestern University, and Virginia Commonwealth University.
To support the hunt for the Nigerian girls, Obama has pledged reconnaissance drones. Nevermind that NATO airstrikes were deployed to remove Gaddafi, who had, following 9/11/2001 been cooperating with U.S. authorities. The plight of these children apparently do not merit American military might. Meanwhile Canada, a nation which many perceive as the paragon of a peaceful international nation, has sent special forces to aid in the search (albeit, allegedly, they will not engage in any fighting). Meanwhile, a very recent report has suggested that all of North Africa is on the verge of political catastrophe: “Instability and insurgent network activity across Northern Africa in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mali, Morocco and Tunisia — and the proliferation of that type of activity into and across Europe — has been increasingly worrying security officials in recent years.”
Considering the larger picture of American entanglement in Qatar – the only open supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood, the financiers of terror, a nation which profits handsomely from slavery and narcotics while purporting to be holy rollers – is it any surprise that we find ourselves routinely on the side of Qatar and their Islamist insurgent groups? Whether in Libya, or Syria (where rebels are now observed firing American missiles), or Nigeria, the United States under Obama’s leadership has predictably acted as mercenaries for the Muslim Brotherhood and their various manifestations across the globe. To stop this will be tantamount to challenging some of the most revered American institutions, including the preeminent airline manufacturer and oil companies, the American military (who has two massive bases there), the State Department, and a sizable chunk of academia. Yet if nothing is done, chaos, the chaos that makes smuggling humans and drugs so much easier (and more profitable), will continue to spread.
Finally, it should not be considered taboo to suggest the Obama administration is on the wrong side of this battle, wittingly, willfully, and wholeheartedly. According to an article in The Daily Beast:
“The dispute inside the intelligence community falls along familiar lines about al Qaeda. The White House has emphasized the distinctions between al Qaeda’s core and its affiliates and other aspiring jihadists, who the White House sees as operating almost entirely independent of the central group.
However, another faction inside the U.S. intelligence community—one that comprises the current leadership of the Defense Intelligence Agency and others working in the military—see al Qaeda as a flatter organization that coordinates between nodes and operates through consensus in the model of an Islamic Shura council.”
The time for wondering whether there is a coordinating body at work for the global jihad is over. Qatar fulfills this role, and the Defense Intelligence Agency seems to understand that.
Following the pattern of so many military commanders working for this administration, on April 30, the Chief of the Defense Intelligence Agency for the past two years, Lt. General Michael Flynn, announced he would be retiring at the end of the summer. The Naxali are a Maoist insurgency group based out of eastern India. They have been known to cooperate with the Pakistani ISI, a supporter of Islamic terrorism as well as the protectors of Osama bin Laden, as well as the Abu Sayyaf Group, an al Qaeda group in the Philippines.
see part 1: The Nigerian Connection: Boko Haram, Obama and Qatar