White House Calls on Qatar to Stop Funding Pro-Iranian Militias

(Sunday Telegraph-UK) Con Coughlin - The Trump administration has called on Qatar to stop funding pro-Iranian militias following the disclosure of emails from senior Qatari officials to leading members of Hizbullah as well as senior commanders in Iran's Revolutionary Guard. The emails show that senior members of the Qatari government are on friendly terms with Qasem Soleimani, head of the Iranian Quds Force, and Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hizbullah. A senior U.S. security official said, "At a time when the U.S. government is trying to persuade Iran to end its support for terror groups in the Middle East, we do not believe it is helpful that Qatar continues to have ties with such organizations." In one of the emails, a senior Qatari official reports that 50 million pounds was paid to Soleimani in April 2017, while another 25 million pounds was paid to an Iraqi Shia terror organization that is accused of killing scores of American troops in southern Iraq.

2018-05-14 00:00:00

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