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  • U.S. signs agreement for $11 billion arms sale to Qatar

    07/25/2014 2:18:40 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 28 replies
    Reuters ^ | Monday, July 14, 2014 | Staff
    (Reuters) - The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab ally Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion. "Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement. It was the biggest U.S. arms sale so far this year, according to media reports. "This is a critically important relationship in the region," said Kirby....
  • The Long Arm of Qatar

    07/25/2014 9:02:35 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 1 replies
    TCS News ^ | July 25, 2014 | Randall Stevens
    Though few Americans paid any attention at the time, in November of last year, Secretary of State John Kerry announced to the world that this summer would be defined by violence against the Jewish state. Warning Israel to make a deal with the likes of Hamas and Fatah, Palestinian parties who do not acknowledge Israel’s right to exist, Kerry said, “Does Israel want a third intifada? … “I believe that if we do not resolve the issues between Palestinians and Israelis; if we do not find a way to find peace, there will be an increasing isolation of Israel. There...
  • Qatar, Saudi rulers meet in Jeddah for Gaza cease-fire talks [Israel and Hamas]

    07/23/2014 8:37:06 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 1 replies
    Today's Zaman ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Staff
    For the first time since an unprecedented diplomatic rift among Gulf powerhouses, Qatar's emir flew to Saudi Arabia late on Tuesday in a surprise visit and met with King Abdullah to discuss cease-fire efforts that have yet to bring an end to 15 days of war in the Gaza Strip. A senior Saudi official told The Associated Press that Saudi Crown Prince Salman, and Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin also attended the meetings with Qatar's Sheik Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the coastal city of Jeddah. King Abdullah's security adviser Prince Bandar bin Sultan and the king's son who heads the...
  • Gulf Arab states weigh sanctions on ‘sisterly’ Qatar for its drift into Iran orbit

    07/23/2014 7:47:26 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 18 replies
    World Tribune ^ | Monday, March 10, 2014 | Staff
    ABU DHABI — Qatar could face Gulf Cooperation Council sanctions amid its support of Hizbullah and the Muslim Brotherhood. Officials and analysts said Qatar could be penalized by the GCC for Doha’s support of groups deemed threats to the region. The officials said the sanctions could include the closure of borders by Qatar’s neighbors. “Qatar could face sanctions imposed by the Gulf countries, including the closing of borders with Qatar, and air space to it if Doha doesn’t stop supporting the Muslim Brotherhood,” Abdul Khaleq Abdullah, a leading United Arab Emirates analyst, said. On March 4, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and...
  • In Qatari-Backed Trip, UN ‘s Ban Ki-moon Laid Low by Israel’s Peres

    07/23/2014 6:59:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 20 replies
    Algemeiner ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Joshua Levitt
    Israeli President Shimon Peres on Wednesday told United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon that Israel would not stand by while Qatar, which paid for the UN official’s private flight to the Middle East, continued to finance Hamas militants, and took Ban to task for the two UN-run schools found to be housing Hamas rockets in Gaza. In his last full day in office, Peres, a historically dovish leader, struck a defiant tone in a statement delivered to the media after meeting Ban at the President’s Residence, in Jerusalem. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and...
  • Israel singles out Qatar as key Hamas terror sponsor

    07/23/2014 5:08:41 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 48 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Wednesday, July 23, 2014 | Elhanan Miller
    Gulf emirate is branded the villain behind Hamas belligerence, with PM’s former security adviser saying it funds tunnel diggers and rocket launchers. President Shimon Peres accused Qatar on Wednesday of becoming “the world’s largest funder of terror” due to its financial support for Hamas in Gaza. “Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” the outgoing statesman told UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem. “Their funding of terror must stop. If they want to build then they should, but they must not be allowed to destroy.” Qatar’s recently...
  • Hamas Refuses International Cease-Fire Efforts - Again

    07/23/2014 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    inn ^ | 7/14/14 | Dalit Halevi, Tova Dvorin
    Hamas continues to be uncompromising in its position regarding an international cease-fire, AFP reports Wednesday. "We reject today and will reject in the future," Hamas leader-in-exile Khaled Meshaal insisted, in a public speech in Qatar. Meshaal insisted that Israel must accept his list of unprecedented conditions for a cease-fire - which included lifting several security measures, such as the naval blockade and border control, designed to prevent terrorists entering into Israel, as well as re-releasing terrorists arrested earlier this month - and only then will Hamas deliberate with Israel on a date for a cease-fire. Meshaal claimed that the terms...
  • Obama to the Rescue--of Hamas

    07/23/2014 2:51:29 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 7 replies
    Realclear Politics ^ | July 23,"2014 | Caroline Glick
    Qatar hosts three major US military bases on its territory. And it is becoming one of the most important clients for US military contractors. Earlier this year Qatar signed an $11.4 billion dollar arms agreement with the US. At the same time, according to the Calacalist report, Qatar is the major bankroller of ISIS and al Nusra in Syria and Iraq. It gives $50 million a month to jihadists in Libya. It gives Hamas $100m. in annual aid. And in the past two years Doha has provided Hamas with an additional $620m. dollars, including $250m. it transferred to Hamas leader...
  • Israel pulls diplomats from Turkey after missions attacked

    07/19/2014 3:52:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    AFP ^ | Friday, July 18, 2014 | unattributed
    Israel on Friday ordered some of its diplomatic staff in Turkey to leave the country for security reasons, after protesters angered by its assault on Gaza sought to storm Israeli embassy buildings. Turkish protesters overnight tried to break into the ambassador's residence in Ankara as well as the consulate in Istanbul, with the diplomatic controversy over the Gaza assault risking a new crisis in relations between Turkey and the Jewish state. "Foreign Minister (Avigdor) Lieberman issued a statement... following the demonstrations and instructed the Israeli consulate and embassy to reduce their diplomatic staff in Turkey," an Israeli embassy spokesman told...
  • Egypt: We will not revise cease-fire proposal rejected by Hamas [Israel]

    07/19/2014 4:41:01 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Staff
    Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri says Cairo's offer 'provides the needs of all sides.' Egypt does not have any plans to revise its ceasefire proposal to end the fighting in Gaza, Foreign Minister Sameh Shukrisaid in a joint press conference with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius in Cairo. "It provides the needs of all sides and we will continue to offer it, hoping to get their support as soon as possible," said Shukri, referring to the initiative rejected by Hamas. On Friday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas asked France to use its influence on Hamas allies such as Turkey and Qatar to...
  • Only Egypt can end the fighting [israel and Hamas]

    07/19/2014 1:41:23 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 9 replies
    YNet News ^ | Thursday, July 17, 2014 | Shimoni Shiffer
    Analysis: Israel's intelligence community sees Cairo as only real platform capable of influencing Hamas. With all the chatter incessantly coming out of the mouths of experts sitting in air-conditioned television studios and offering their different solutions to the Hamas problem, it's really hard to understand what is going on behind the scenes. But there is one thing we can all agree on: The news about a ceasefire will come from one place only – Cairo. The common estimate among the decision makers is that the Egyptians are the only ones who can end the fighting. The Egyptian capital serves as...
  • Qatar’s ceasefire offer adopts most Hamas demands [Israel]

    07/19/2014 5:18:51 AM PDT · by Star Traveler · 22 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | Saturday, July 19, 2014 | Avi Issacharoff
    Document widely rejected but still being pushed by emirate; was drawn up when Hamas, Qatar thought Israeli ground offensive unlikely. Qatar has drafted its own version of a truce offer between Israel and Hamas, The Times of Israel has learned – and it adopts almost all of Hamas’s demands. The document underscores the power struggle being waged behind the scenes of the Gaza conflict between Cairo’s new leadership and Turkey and Qatar — two countries which supported the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule in Egypt and its ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was removed...
  • Palestinian, pan-Arab media blast Egypt's failed cease-fire offer [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:17:56 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 8 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014
    Palestinian and other Arab commentators are blasting Egypt's cease-fire offer this week in the Israeli-Gazan fighting, saying it was a gift to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who accepted it, and a trap for Hamas, which rejected it. Azmi Bishara, the fugitive former Knesset member who now heads the Arab Center for Research and Policy in Doha, Qatar, wrote in the pan-Arab alaraby.co.uk that the offer gave no relief to Gaza, nor freedom for the Hamas members recently returned to Israeli prisons. "This Egyptian declaration represents a stab in the back to the resistance and the people of Gaza. … [T]his...
  • Hillary: Qatar Could Mediate Peace Process Between Israel and Hamas (VIDEO)

    07/18/2014 10:13:32 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 36 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | July 18 2014 | Washington Free Beacon Staff
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton proposed that Qatar – the chief financier of Hamas – could play a key role in mediating peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Clinton, during an interview with Charlie Rose, touted Qatar as a country that could play a constructive role in arbitrating peace between Hamas and Israel, which recently launched a full-scale ground incursion into Gaza in an attempt to cut off the terror group’s access to sophisticated weaponry. Qatar, which has served as Hamas’ chief financial lifeline, keeping the group afloat and facilitating its arms buildup, could convince Hamas to stop trying...
  • Turkey, Qatar foiled Cairo’s cease-fire proposal [Israel and Hamas]

    07/16/2014 3:04:23 PM PDT · by Star Traveler · 16 replies
    Haaretz ^ | Wednesday, July 16, 2014 | Jack Khoury
    Haaretz learned that Lieberman told Borg Brende, Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Israel, that Hamas lied when it said Cairo had not sent it the cease-fire proposal, which Israel initially accepted. He said Egyptian intelligence officials had given the details of the initiative to Mousa Abu-Marzook, head of the Hamas mission in Cairo. Meanwhile, Israel agreed on Wednesday night to a request from Robert Serry, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East for UNRWA, to a five-hour cease-fire on Thursday in order to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip. “Hamas was ready to consider the...
  • Qatar spends big on American choppers and missiles

    07/15/2014 3:49:45 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 8 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | By Thomas Gibbons-Neff
    Qatar, the world’s top liquefied natural gas exporter, is using its gas money to cash in on some top-of-the-line U.S. supplied military hardware. Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad Bin Ali al-Attiyah, met with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and signed acceptance letters for $11 billion worth of Apache attack helicopters, Patriot missile defense batteries and anti-tank Javelin missiles, the Pentagon said in a statement Monday. “Today’s signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations,” said Rear Adm....
  • The Economist names the only democracy in the Middle East, and it isn’t Israel

    07/08/2014 11:44:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/08/2014 | Noah Rothman
    With the rise of Islamist organizations, repressive regimes, and civil conflicts which threaten regional stability, the promise of the Arab Spring of 2011 quickly devolved into an Arab winter. In an expansive article in The Economist, the threat to the Middle East is discussed in appropriately grave terms; Syria and Iraq are in flames while Jordan looms as the next domino to potentially fall. Libya and Yemen, where Islamic terror networks operate with impunity, are labeled “failed states.” Those Middle Eastern nations that are not in danger of imminent collapse are either absolute monarchies or counties which merely maintain...
  • Israel Says UN Envoy Serry Tried to Funnel Cash to Hamas

    06/21/2014 3:22:21 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 13 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/6/14 | Ido Ben Porat, Gil Ronen
    Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman is demanding the eviction of UN Middle East envoy Robert Serry from Israel, on suspicion that he has been trying to assist Hamas. Liberman intends to declare Serry persona non grata, the most serious form of censure which a country can apply to foreign diplomats. Channel 2 reported that the Foreign Ministry has received information according to which Serry is attempting to transfer millions of dollars to Hamas. Serry reportedly asked Palestinian Authority head Mahmoud Abbas to transfer $20 million from Qatar to Gaza – a request Abbas turned down. He then asked Israel to be...
  • The Caliphate is Back in Business

    07/02/2014 1:46:12 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 16 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | July 2, 2014 | William Michael
    Did you hear? After a 90 year interlude, the world finally got back its caliphate. As of June 2014, there is once again an Islamic State in the Middle East. Matter of fact, it was formed by a group now going by "Islamic State," or simply IS. Before changing their name to something that most Americans will pronounce as "Iz," they were previously known as ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (or Sham). ISIS itself grew out of a coalition between the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISI, and the Syrian rebels. The original ISI, in this case,...
  • Famous Barcelona bullring may be converted into Europe’s biggest mosque

    06/25/2014 12:11:30 AM PDT · by kingattax · 8 replies
    Russia Today ^ | June 24, 2014
    The Emir of Qatar has reportedly agreed to roll out €2.2 billion ($2.99 bn) to convert Barcelona's Monumental bullring into a 40,000-capacity mosque, the biggest in Europe, by 2020, if the city council approves the project. The building would include a 300m high minaret which may become the third largest in the world after those in Mecca and Medina, reports 20 Minutos, Spain's most-read general newspaper, citing its sources close to the project. The mosque for Barcelona’s Muslims will also have a conference hall, a Koran study center, housing up to 300 people, and a museum of Islamic art and...
  • If Qatar Says So

    06/23/2014 2:10:49 PM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | June 19, 2014 | Randall
    What’s the difference between Iraq today and Libya in 2011? Qatar, the tiny Gulf state sponsor of terror, was for intervention in Libya, but is against intervention in Iraq. In Libya, Obama preemptively ordered NATO airstrikes on the forces of Muammar Gaddafi, allegedly to prevent genocide. Obama explained this reasoning in a speech on March 28, 2011, saying that he acted to stop a massacre that would have “stained the conscience of the world.” Obama continued, “I refused to wait for the images of slaughter and mass graves before taking action.” In Iraq today, we have photos and videos of...
  • Man Avenges Brother’s Death After 37 Years

    06/21/2014 1:42:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Emirates 24/7 ^ | Saturday, 21 June 2014
    A Saudi man travelled to Qatar and killed a man who murdered his brother nearly 37 years ago, fulfilling his tribe’s long-standing wish to avenge his death. Sada newspaper said the unnamed Saudi managed to identify his brother’s Yemeni killer and locate his whereabouts in Qatar, where he had got the citizenship. “He travelled to Qatar after getting information on where his brother’s killer lives…he went straight to that man and killed him,” the paper said. It said the Saudi man’s tribe intended to stage a big party to celebrate the killer’s death but was stopped by the Prince of...
  • Pipeline Predicament: The Ukraine-Syria-Russia-U.S. gas nexus

    06/21/2014 10:00:55 AM PDT · by mgist · 2 replies
    Tahran Times ^ | 3/18/14 | By Yuram Abdullah Weiler
    Pipeline Predicament: The Ukraine-Syria-Russia-U.S. gas nexus On Line: 18 March 2014 16:21 In Print: Wednesday 19 March 2014 “The past five years have demonstrated that the U.S. president does not have any ethical dimension for his foreign policy - Syria is one example - let alone the question of intervening to uphold the principle of non-aggression against a sovereign state.” Marwan Kabalan, political analyst at the Doha Institute. The recent U.S.-backed coup that toppled the former government in Ukraine has been couched in the noble rhetoric of democracy, humanitarian intervention and self-determination, but a closer examination reveals an ugly underside...
  • Obama Welcomes Barbarians with Open Gates

    06/17/2014 11:03:50 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | June 16, 2014 | Randall
    When Americans think of the Middle East, they usually think Israel, Palestine, religious wars, terrorism, etc. But few appreciate how permeated the Middle East is with drugs, and how these drugs are related to terrorism and politics in the region. Indeed, in March 2012, the academic journal Terrorism and Political Violence published a special issue dedicated to the relationship between organized crime and terrorism. A series of essays details the overlapping interests of drug cartels and political terrorists. For the quickest explanation what brings these types together, one needs only to identify the common trait between a good terrorist, and...
  • Taliban 5 freed from Gitmo living in luxury with personal masseuse: report

    06/17/2014 6:25:32 AM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 4 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    The five Taliban members who were freed by President Obama from their Guantanamo Bay confines and swapped for U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl are now living the life of luxury in Doha, relaxing in a mansion and under the care of a private masseuse, one Daily Best journalist discovered.
  • Hillary Clinton Supplied Stinger Missiles that Taliban Used to Attack US Chopper

    06/16/2014 6:52:01 PM PDT · by xzins · 44 replies
    Frontpage ^ | June 8, 2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Obama Inc. keeps insisting that Qatar could be trusted when it was already concluded by the 9/11 Commission that the Islamist tyranny had ties to the attack on the United States. Since then Qatar has become so out of control in its backing of Jihadists that it has been disavowed by Saudi Arabia and the UAE, but that just made Obama embrace it even harder.Consider this. Obama is hugging a regime that the Saudis think is too extreme. That’s how bad things are. This latest revelation is no surprise at all. The New York Times had already let slip that...
  • The Nigerian Connection – Boko Haram, Obama, and Qatar

    06/16/2014 11:59:10 AM PDT · by mgist · 4 replies
    NY Republicans ^ | 5/2014 | NA
    “Allah ghayatuna Al-rasul za’imuna. Al-Qur-’an dusturuna. Al-jihad sabiluna. Al-mawt fi sabil Allah asma amanina. Allah akbar, Allah akbar.” “God is our goal, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle [jihad] is our way, and death in the service of God is the loftiest of our wishes. God is great. God is great.” -Muslim Brotherhood chant Last month Boko Haram, a franchise of al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood, kidnapped 276 young girls in Nigeria. This horrifying situation reminded this country, apparently even the White House, that Islamic fascism was still a serious threat to world peace....
  • The Muslim Brotherhood and the Aryan Brotherhood

    06/12/2014 6:40:33 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 2 replies
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | June 6, 2014 | Randall
    Recently Qatar, a tiny peninsular state with the world’s highest per capita GDP, has been in the news for negotiating the release of five (ten, really) Taliban commanders in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl; the Taliban five now reside in Qatar, allegedly under the watchful eye of the Qataris. But long before the Bergdahl incident, Qatar was known as the only country who openly welcomed the Muslim Brotherhood, a secretive radical group who has spawned countless other radical Islamist groups since its founding in 1928. A crucial dimension of the Muslim Brotherhood (aka, Al Ikhwan al-Mooslimoon, aka Ikhwan) that helps...
  • URGENT - Bergdahl Qatar Deal (No guarantee Taliban "generals" would be tracked!)

    06/10/2014 6:08:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    KSPR-TV / CNN ^ | June 10, 2014
    A memorandum of understanding between the United States and Qatar on the deal that freed Bowe Bergdahl offered "no guarantee" that the five Taliban commanders exchanged for the captured Army sergeant would be tracked, a Democratic member of the House Intelligence Committee told CNN....
  • Just Wait A Minute, Willya?

    06/10/2014 12:04:39 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 10, 2014 | Paul Greenberg
    Welcome home, Sergeant, and you're under arrest. Which sums up the two polar reactions you can see and hear all over the papers, news channels, Internet, talk shows and Washington, that other swirl of confusion. All of 'em are bustin' out all over with fact-free, equal-but-opposite opinions about what th' heck to do with Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, United States of Agitation. If it's not too much to ask, supposed ladies and gentlemen and quick-on-the-draw opinionators, could we all just settle down, president and senators and distinguished and undistinguished kibitzers alike, and let the sergeant settle in at...
  • ANOTHER SHOE DROPS IN THE BENGHAZI SCANDAL: Taliban Now Targeting U.S. Troops With Stinger Missiles

    06/09/2014 10:52:12 AM PDT · by blueyon · 58 replies
    Doug Ross @ Journal ^ | 6/08/14 | Kenneth Timmerman,
    Kenneth Timmerman, writing in The New York Post, breaks open another shocking chapter in the Benghazi scandal. The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons... Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile. The helicopter and all aboard survived the attack as it was able to crash land. But what had hit the Chinook?
  • Meanwhile, Obama Promotes Death-To-U.S.-Troops Cleric

    06/04/2014 4:16:56 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 15 replies
    Investors.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Quislings: At the same time our president springs dangerous terrorists from prison, he has quietly promoted an Islamic cleric who has issued fatwas calling for the death of U.S. troops with "child bombs." The State Department last week had to apologize for singing the praises of the creep — Sheik Abdallah Bin Bayyah — in a Tweeted message promoting his Muslim Brotherhood organization. But officials there are only sorry they got caught. The same bunch last year issued a visa for the radical cleric so he could visit, of all places, the White House. That's right, the administration knew full...
  • How the Taliban got their hands on modern US missiles

    06/08/2014 10:38:24 PM PDT · by House Atreides · 24 replies
    New York Post ^ | June 8, 2014 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    "In his new book, “Dark Forces: The Truth About What Happened in Ben­ghazi” (Broadside Books), writer Kenneth R. Timmerman explains how the US government’s efforts to arm the Libyan rebels backfired, flooding weapons into Syria, and as he ­reveals here, Afghanistan: The Obama administration isn’t only giving the Taliban back its commanders — it’s giving them weapons. Miliary records and sources reveal that on July 25, 2012, Taliban fighters in Kunar province successfully targeted a US Army CH-47 helicopter with a new generation Stinger missile...."
  • LEAD: US Afghan envoy confirms talking to Haqqani insurgents

    01/22/2012 6:23:51 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies · 2+ views
    Deutsche Presse-Agentur ^ | Jan 22, 2012, 16:38 GMT
    As if the Taliban wasn’t bad enough. KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The US special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan on Sunday confirmed a meeting with the Haqqani insurgent group, as signs of a dialogue between the United States and rebels continue to grow. ‘We had one meeting with Haqqani network,’ Marc Grossman told a news conference in Kabul. His remarks come after US and the Taliban militants confirmed preliminary talks for opening an liaison office for the Taliban in the Qatari capital of Doha – increasing speculation of an end to the decade-long bloody insurgency in this war-torn country.
  • The city-state that could? (Qatar)

    06/07/2014 3:04:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    al Arabiya ^ | Saturday, 7 June 2014 | Hisham Melhem // not "melhem"
    The mediating role Qatar has played in freeing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the last American soldier held captive in Afghanistan, in exchange for releasing five senior Taliban detainees from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, has raised once again skepticism in the U.S. Congress and media about Qatar’s commitment to monitor these hardened militants who should remain in their custody for a year, and suspicions about its complex relations with a myriad of radical Islamist groups operating in an area stretching from South Asia to North Africa. The exchange occurred in the wake of unprecedented public tensions between Qatar and its three immediate neighbors...
  • In first statement since their release, 5 Taliban say they’ll adhere to conditions

    06/06/2014 11:22:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    McClatchy ^ | June 6, 2014 | Mohamed Salman
    DOHA, Qatar — Five Taliban leaders freed from Guantanamo Bay under a prisoner swap deal with the United States said Friday in their first statement since arriving in Qatar that they would remain “loyal” to the conditions Qatar has set for their release. But the statement gave no information on what those conditions were or whether there are any limitations on their freedom of movement inside Qatar. U.S. officials have said they include a one-year ban on their travel from Qatar. "We want to assure all stakeholders that we are steadfast and loyal to the agreement between the Islamic Emirate...
  • Obama Gave Material Assistance To Our Taliban Enemy

    06/06/2014 6:04:20 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 6, 2014 | Investor's Business Daily
    National Security: Federal law prohibits any person — repeat, any person — from providing material assistance to terrorists, including human assets. But that's what the president did in releasing five Taliban commanders. When iconic interviewer David Frost asked former President Nixon about the legality of his actions in the Watergate affair, Nixon said "when the president does it, that means that it is not illegal." That's an attitude seemingly shared by the current occupant of the Oval Office. As former congressman and Afghanistan veteran Allen West points out, President Obama signed into law only months ago the National Defense Authorization...
  • Obama admits that Taliban prisoner swap for Bergdahl could put Americans in danger

    06/05/2014 6:14:50 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 20 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | June 3, 2014 | DAN FRIEDMAN , EDGAR SANDOVAL , STEPHEN REX BROWN , LARRY MCSHANE
    President Obama acknowledged Tuesday that his Taliban prisoner swap could blow up in his face — or somewhere else around the globe. The five hardened terrorists sprung from Guantanamo Bay for suspected deserter Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s return could rejoin the jihad on America, the President conceded in defending his decision. “Is there a possibility of some of them trying to return to activities that are detrimental to us? Absolutely,” Obama told a news conference in Warsaw. “That’s been true of all the prisoners that were released from Guantanamo. There’s a certain recidivism rate that takes place.” A top Middle Eastern...
  • Obama Personally Negotiated Deal That Allows Taliban Commanders To Freely Roam Qatar

    06/05/2014 2:21:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 42 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 6/4/2014
    Five of the worst Taliban terrorist commanders are right now roaming free in Qatar, despite assurances from the White House press secretary that any “threat potentially posed by the returned detainees was sufficiently mitigated”, as Shoebat.com reported. The translation of that into English is that the deal was done because the Obama administration was confident the Qatari government would keep these terrorists under lock and key.Instead, these terrorists are being treated to a hero’s welcome on par with what the Obama administration was hoping Bowe Bergdahl would receive. Raising more red flags is the fact that details of the terms...
  • Why The 2022 World Cup Actually Might Not Be In Qatar After All: Bribery Allegations

    06/04/2014 7:12:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/04/2014 | ALICE SPERI, VICE NEWS
    Nobody was ever particularly thrilled with Qatar winning the bid to host the 2022 World Cup — a decision that was met with a slew of criticism, for reasons ranging from the country’s unbearable heat to its abhorrent record of migrant labor abuse. Even FIFA’s president Sepp Blatter admitted, last month, that giving the World Cup to the Gulf country was a “mistake” — though he seemed more concerned with the prospect of watching the game in 120-degree weather than with the human rights of the Nepali laborers building stadiums in similar temperatures. But Qatar’s coveted spot as a host...
  • Bill Clinton Reportedly Smashed a Mirror After Hearing Qatar Won the 2022 World Cup Bid

    06/03/2014 12:35:17 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 71 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | Marissa Payne
    If the “well-placed” source found by The Sydney Morning Herald is to be believed, it seems former President Bill Clinton went into Hulk mode on a Swiss hotel mirror after hearing Qatar was awarded the 2022 World Cup. The Morning Herald reports : “Bill Clinton looked anything but happy as he strode into the Savoy Baur en Ville hotel in Zurich in December 2010. The receptionists could tell he was irritated, but had no idea just how angry he was. After closing the door to his suite, he reached for an ornament on a table and threw it at a...
  • Susan Rice: We didn’t negotiate with terrorists, Qatar did.

    06/03/2014 6:07:50 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 60 replies
    cfp ^ | 6/3/14 | r laurie
    This weekend, White House national security adviser Susan Rice took a break from her busy schedule of scouring YouTube for blamable videos, and sat down with CNN’s Candy Crowley. You may remember Crowley as the “journalist” who likes helping floundering Democrat Presidents score points in political debates. Crowley wanted to know if, in fact, the United States had negotiated with terrorists in its effort to secure Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s release. The short answer is “yes,” but this is the Obama administration. ...So you never get the short answer. “Point blank,” Crowley asked. “Did the US negotiate with terrorists for his...
  • Would You Trade Ten Snakes for a Rat? The Case of Bowe Bergdahl

    06/03/2014 1:24:27 PM PDT · by Randall_S
    New York Young Republican Club ^ | June 3, 2014 | Randall
    DES MOINES, Iowa —The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating the drowning of a 20-year-old Iowa man who was handcuffed and being transported on suspicion of boating while intoxicated at the Lake of the Ozarks. Brandon Ellingson, 20, of Clive, was being transported when he stood up in the moving boat and "fell or jumped overboard." It happened about 5:30 p.m. Saturday. Authorities said Ellingson was handcuffed and wearing a life jacket when he went off the boat, but his life jacket fell off when he hit the water. Highway Patrol Sgt. Paul Reinsch said Monday officials are investigating whether...
  • Qatar allowing freed Taliban men to move freely in country: Gulf official

    06/03/2014 9:33:11 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 34 replies
    YAHOO! News -Reuters ^ | 6-3-2014 | Amena Bakr
    Qatar has moved five Afghan Taliban prisoners freed in exchange for a U.S. soldier to a residential compound and will let them move freely in the country, a senior Gulf official said on Tuesday, a step likely to be scrutinized by Washington. U.S. officials have referred to the release of the Islamist militants as a transfer and said they would be subject to certain restrictions in Qatar. One of the officials said that would include a minimum one-year ban on them traveling outside of Qatar as well as monitoring of their activities. "All five men received medical checks and they...
  • Bergdahl: connecting the dots

    06/02/2014 6:09:10 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 19 replies
    legalinsurrection.com ^ | 6-2-2014 | neo-neocon
    So, we have Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl released in exchange for five of the most notorious Taliban held in Guantanamo, the place Obama keeps saying he wants to empty. This certainly helps to empty it. The five men will now be held by Qatar, which has reassured us they’ll be in secure conditions but won’t say what those conditions are, except that they can’t travel out of the country for a year. Qatar is a Wahabi country, by the way, with a history of assisting Islamic movements worldwide. Obama has been winding down the Afghan War, and one of his stalled...
  • BREAKING- 5 Gitmo Terrorists Arrive in Qatar “With No Sign They Are Under Custody” (Video)

    06/02/2014 1:48:32 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 17 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6-2-2014 | Jim Hoft
    The five Guantanamo detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for America’s last prisoner of war arrived in Qatar today. As Brian Ross reported on ABC: “The terror group is calling their release a major victory. New video posted this morning on an Afghan news website shows the five former detainees arriving in Qatar with no sign they are under any sort of custody or guard.… They received a hero’s welcome.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpDrQPK1Z9cBarack Obama promised the American people on Saturday that Qatar would protect us: “The Qatari government has given us assurances that it will put in place measures to...
  • BREAKING: 5 Gitmo Terrorists Arrive in Qatar “With No Sign They Are – Under Custody” (Video)

    06/02/2014 2:01:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | 6/2/14 | Jim Hoft
    The five Guantanamo detainees released by the Obama administration in exchange for America’s last prisoner of war arrived in Qatar today. As Brian Ross reported on ABC: “The terror group is calling their release a major victory. New video posted this morning on an Afghan news website shows the five former detainees arriving in Qatar with no sign they are under any sort of custody or guard.… They received a hero’s welcome.”
  • Qatar Bought the 2022 World Cup for $5 Million in Bribes

    06/02/2014 7:35:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 06/02 | Daniel Greenfield
    How much does it cost an Islamic tyranny linked to terrorists to buy a World Cup? It’s a bargain at a mere $5 million FIFA officials are even cheaper than Olympic officials. In the investigation by The Sunday Times, the newspaper claims to have obtained millions of secret documents from a Fifa insider that prove Mohamed Bin Hammam made payments totalling $US5 million to football officials in return for support of Qatar’s 2022 World Cup bid.Bin Hammam made dozens of payments of up to $200,000 (147,000 euros) to top football officials to secure votes for Qatar. He allegedly deposited the...
  • Alleged payoffs bolstered Qatar WC bid

    06/01/2014 5:36:20 AM PDT · by Scoutmaster · 3 replies
    ESPNFC.com ^ | June 1, 2014 | Associated Press
    A former member of FIFA's executive committee was accused on Sunday of making payments totalling $5 million to senior football officials in return for support for Qatar's successful bid for the 2022 World Cup. British newspaper The Sunday Times claims that it has obtained millions of secret documents proving that Mohamed Bin Hammam, a Qatari national and former FIFA vice president, was lobbying on his country's behalf ahead of the vote in December 2010. Under a front-page headline of "Plot to buy the World Cup," the newspaper alleges that Bin Hammam made dozens of payments to top football officials in...
  • The Nigerian Connection – Boko Haram, Obama, and Qatar

    05/20/2014 6:10:39 AM PDT · by Randall_S · 5 replies
    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...