Founder of Qatari Intelligence: US will never allow Iranian, Turkish presence in Doha

Updated 12 June 2017
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Founder of Qatari Intelligence: US will never allow Iranian, Turkish presence in Doha

JEDDAH: Ret. Gen. Mahmoud Mansour, the founder of Qatari Intelligence, said he believes it is impossible for Doha to implement its aim to have Iranian and Turkish soldiers deployed in its territory.
In a phone interview with Makkah newspaper, Mansour said the US will not allow fighters of other nationalities to be deployed in Qatar territories near its large base, adding that talks of foreign soldiers (to be used by Qatar) are no more than “vocal waves that will disappear.”
The statement comes in response to official and media reports about Qatar’s intention to host military personnel from Iran, Turkey and Pakistan in response to the fact that 16 Arab and Islamic countries have severed relations with it.
He said a list that named 59 individuals and 12 entities, issued jointly by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the UAE and Egypt, “is only the first step and will be followed by others.”
“In the coming days, many terrorist persons and entities will be added, especially those who Qatar has funded in the Arab world, Africa, Asia and Europe.”
He said it is time to bring the Qatari regime to account whether by the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Arab League or the UN.
The general said that former Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa and his government executive head Hamad bin Jasim turned Doha “to a department for the execution of operations aimed at achieving the goals of previous US administrations in the region.” They supported armed and terrorist groups in Asia, Africa, the Arab world and some European regions.
He said arrogance made them (the Hamads) think they could outsmart the US and seek the creation of a huge Islamic state with Doha as its capital.
Doha looking for agents
During that period (under the two Hamads), Qatar started looking for agents to recruit in Somalia, Eretria, Central and Western Africa, Egypt, some of the Gulf states “if not all of them,” in addition to the Levant region and even Russia, Pakistan, Afghanistan and the Philippines.
They started providing the funds and arms for those agents, while deceiving the Qatari people who thought the funds were for humanitarian purposes at those societies.
“The truth is, their goal was to create unrest in the countries they succeeded in penetrating using their (the then-Qatar government) vast amounts of money.”
Gen. Mansour said he was confident that the US is fully aware of the recent Qatari financial support for organizations and activities inciting against other societies.
Al-Baghdadi in Qatar?
He said he would not be surprised if Qatar was found to be hosting Daesh leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.
“Was he smuggled into Qatar? Where is he? Is he one of those who turned their countries to hell and are hosted in Doha’s large hotels?”


Iran’s President Rouhani clashes with General Soleimani over Revolutionary guards funding: Reports

Updated 19 June 2018
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Iran’s President Rouhani clashes with General Soleimani over Revolutionary guards funding: Reports

  • Iran spends millions annually to fund militias in Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen.
  • US Ambassador Haley: Iran spends over $6 billion annually to keep the Assad regime in Syria afloat

LONDON: Iranian president Ali Rouhani clashed recently with General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the Iranian Quds Brigade, over the Republican guard’s budget, according to Iranian media reports.

An Iranian paper quoted by Al-Arabiya said that the verbal clash between the two leaders took place at a Eid Al-Fitr reception in Tehran.

Solaimani is reported to have warned the president from reducing the Revolutionary Guard’s budget, but Rouhani apparently responded angrily according to the Iranian sources.

The confrontation between the two leaders was such that it necessitated the intervention of the head of the Iranian National Security Council Ali Shamkhani, who reconciled the two.

Iranian leadership disagreement about the Iranian Revolutionary Guard’s role, cost of operation and interventions in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon and Yemen have risen to the surface recently.

The tensions come after the US renewed its pressure on Tehran questioning its role in the region and its tacit support for terrorism.

The US representative at the UN, Nikki Haley, has recently revealed that Iran spends over $6 billion annually to keep the Assad regime in Syria afloat, in addition to a million more to support allied militia like the Houthis in Yemen and Hezbollah militia in Lebanon.