A new documentary report released by state television channels on the so-called “secret terrorist organisation in the UAE” has revealed new details concerning “Qatar’s plots against the UAE and the Gulf states”.
Citing audio and video confessions by Mahmoud al-Jaidah, who received a seven-year jail sentence for supporting the illegal Islamist group, Al Islah, the television report revealed that Doha took advantage of the process to dissolve the secret organisation within the UAE.
According to the report, Qatar hosted several meetings to support Al Islah and acted as a mediator to facilitate the financing of terrorism, while providing fugitives and members of the secret organisation accommodation within its hotels.
The confessions also referred to the use of “agents” by Qatar to destroy the Gulf Cooperation Council structure and systems. The organisational fabric of the Qatari Muslim Brotherhood was also revealed via said testimonies, detailing the presence of an ‘Executive Office’ and ‘Shura Council’ within its structure.
In his confessions, al-Jaidah highlighted the transformation of Qatar over the past two decades into “the preferred” and “only” mediator of terrorist organisations. He noted that these actions and meetings resulted in the “blatant financing” of terrorist organisations.
The report referred to Qatar’s efforts to embrace terrorist organisations, like the Muslim Brotherhood, to play a larger regional role, while allowing these organisations to infiltrate its state-run facilities and become key decision makers within Doha.
The admissions by Mahmoud al-Jaidah, who had been granted amnesty but quickly returned to attack the UAE on Qatar’s state television, was the most prominent aspect in revealing Qatar as the primary incubator of the Muslim Brotherhood and the country’s close association with it.
He affirmed that the Qatari government provided material and moral support to fugitive members of the organisation, as part of Doha’s series of conspiracies targeting the Gulf region in general and the UAE in particular.
Al-Jaidah revealed that contact between Al Islah members began with Khalid Mohammed Abdullah Al Shaiba, who was convicted and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for links to the Muslim Brotherhood and setting up a branch of the organisation in the UAE. He went on to say that the terrorist organisation infiltrated Qatari state facilities with the support of members of the ruling family, with 30 representatives of the group governing the ‘Ahl al-Hall wa’l-Aqd’ Council.
Al-Jaidah also revealed the names of a number of members including Issa Al-Ansari, Mohammed Thani, Nasser Mohammed Issa, Ibrahim al-Ibrahim, Abdulhamid Mahmoud and Khamis Al-Mohannadi.
According to the report, al-Jaidah’s confessions were not surprising, especially those concerning the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in Qatar. He pointed out that the organisation’s actions and movements are all being implemented under the watchful eyes and support of the Qatari government, as well as the support of organisations including, the Foundation Sheikh Thani Ibn Abdullah for Humanitarian Services, and Sheikh Eid bin Mohammad Al Thani Charitable Association.
The confessions show how terrorist organisations control the Qatari state, an embarrassment to Doha, which has long denied embracing al-Qaeda’s most prominent financiers, and members of the Muslim Brotherhood, especially following the collapse of the so-called Arab Spring in 2013.
The confessions detailed in the televised report also revealed Doha’s efforts to attract and recruit elements from GCC countries to carry out terrorist acts inside the UAE and outside the Arabian Gulf region in a malicious attempt to pin the charge of terrorism on the nationality of the perpetrators.
It also pointed out that it is no secret to those following UAE developments, that the Emirates has for years been the focus of the terrorist organisation, the Muslim Brotherhood.
The report also refers to the nation’s firm response to Al Islah, the social arm of the terrorist group in the United Arab Emirates, after proving that its structure was a cover for extremist ideas and attempts to overthrow the UAE leadership.
The documentary also presented Qatar’s attempts to use other countries for its operations associated with terrorist organisations’ abroad. The confession tapes revealed that Kuwaiti citizen, Hakim al-Mutairi, who is active in financing and directing the Al Nusra Front in Syria, often attended meetings held in Istanbul in the presence of Mohammed Saqr Al-Zaabi and Said Nassir Al-Taniji. Al-Mutairi is also associated with the financing of terrorist operations in Yemen and Libya.
Al-Jaidah also confessed to coming to the UAE to raise money under the guise of attending the Sharjah International Book Fair, at the request of Mohammed Saqr Al-Zaabi.
The report said that “no one knows what Al-Zaabi was doing with these funds … but it is certain that he currently resides in Britain and that his links to terrorist organisations and other extremist parties led to the dispersal of these funds to individuals who implemented terrorist operations, including Saeed Nasser Al-Taniji, a UAE-born resident of Istanbul.”
The report also sheds light on the transformation of Qatar over the past two decades into the “preferred” and “sole” mediator of the terrorist organisations. According to al-Jaidah, the release of individuals abducted by terrorist organisations as a result of Qatari negotiations was a guise designed to pump funds into these terrorist groups.
In 2013, Doha mediated with al-Qaeda in Yemen to release Swiss hostage Sylvia Eberhardt, whereby the terrorist organisation received US$20 million.
He also noted the Qatari role was further exposed whilst negotiating with the Al Nusra Front in 2014 the country funded the terrorist organisation with millions of dollars for the release of 16 Lebanese soldiers.
Tharwat al-Kharbawy, a Muslim Brotherhood defector, who also appeared in the documentary in which he asserted that Qatar is considered the leading financier of the terrorist organisation since 1995.
Al-Kharbawy said that Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani ordered the group to educate his children, especially the current Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, on the fundamental principles of the organisation and its teachings, including those of Yusuf Al Qaradawi, designated as a terrorist on the list provided by Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain.
The documentary concluded by saying that Qatar’s secret files point to the presence of hundreds of people like Mahmoud al-Jaidah in the GCC countries, adding that Qatar has recruited and trained them for one purpose, to destroy the GCC system – the only Arab model of unity.