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Sat Aug 31, 2013, 11:59 AM

 

Qatar bankrolls Syrian revolt with cash and arms

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/86e3f28e-be3a-11e2-bb35-00144feab7de.html#ixzz2dZB4hGrq

The gas-rich state of Qatar has spent as much as $3bn over the past two years supporting the rebellion in Syria, far exceeding any other government, but is now being nudged aside by Saudi Arabia as the prime source of arms to rebels.

The cost of Qatar’s intervention, its latest push to back an Arab revolt, amounts to a fraction of its international investment portfolio. But its financial support for the revolution that has turned into a vicious civil war dramatically overshadows western backing for the opposition.

In dozens of interviews with the Financial Times conducted in recent weeks, rebel leaders both abroad and within Syria as well as regional and western officials detailed Qatar’s role in the Syrian conflict, a source of mounting controversy.

The small state with a gargantuan appetite is the biggest donor to the political opposition, providing generous refugee packages to defectors (one estimate puts it at $50,000 a year for a defector and his family) and has provided vast amounts of humanitarian support.

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Reply Qatar bankrolls Syrian revolt with cash and arms (Original post)
dkf Aug 2013 OP
Arctic Dave Aug 2013 #1
dkf Aug 2013 #2
Arctic Dave Aug 2013 #3
Cali_Democrat Aug 2013 #5
Arctic Dave Aug 2013 #6
Cali_Democrat Aug 2013 #7
Arctic Dave Aug 2013 #8
Waiting For Everyman Aug 2013 #4

Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:44 PM

1. If the US was serious about ending suffering in Syria

 

they would put a leash on their Qatar and Saudi dogs.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:47 PM

2. Qatar and SA are about oil and money.

 

What leverage do we have over Qatar anyway?

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Response to dkf (Reply #2)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:51 PM

3. Military hardware.

 

Without us, the royals would be bloodstains in the sand.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:54 PM

5. I thought the US telling other sovereign countries what to do is imperialistic bullying...

 

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 01:06 PM

6. Everyone else calls it, stopping their conspiracy to commit murder and larceny.

 

But you just go on with your bad self.

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Response to Arctic Dave (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 01:08 PM

7. Perhaps the US shouldn't even get involved

 

That would make the most sense.

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Response to Cali_Democrat (Reply #7)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 01:09 PM

8. That would be the best course of action.

 

Either directly or selling arms.

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Response to dkf (Original post)

Sat Aug 31, 2013, 12:51 PM

4. Well since the rebels have this local backing, what are we being drawn in for? nt

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