Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa al Thani, the Emir of Qatar, has called
for Arab troops to be sent into Syria to stop the violent suppression of the uprising against the Syrian regime of President Bashar Assad. As the prospect of civil war in Syria looms, Qatar has actually funded and helped to arm an army of Wahhabi forces, led by Libyan Islamist Abdel Hakim Belhaj, military commander of Tripoli.
Qatar was instrumental in the overthrow of the Gaddafi regime in Libya, providing funding and weapons. Qatar was also criticized by Libya's National Transtional Council
for continuing to arm militant Islamists behind the back of the new authorties, as Digital Journal reported. Qatar has strong links with Belhaj, the founder of the terrorist group the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who is now suing the British government
for one million pounds over his rendition to Libya where he was imprisoned and allegedly tortured under the Gaddafi regime, in spite of British assistance in overthrowing Gaddafi.
During media interviews following his appointment as military commander of Tripoli, Belhaj stated that his only mission was the overthrow of Gaddafi, denying links to Al Qaeda and extremist Islam. However, Belhaj is now in the Turkish town of Antakya, on the Turkish-Syrian border, under the assumed name of Salim Al-Alwani, according to the Islam Times
. Liyba is also providing weapons which are in free circulation following the new authorities inability to control the militant fighters.
reported that the Free Syrian army has amassed 20,000 troops under the approval of Qatar and Saudi Arabia. Belhaj leads the hard-core members which comprise 1,000 members of LIFG and "1,000 operatives of the Ansar al-Sunna, the Iraqi Islamists." They report that in addition to funding this army, Qatar also airlifted the fighters from Libya and Iraq to Turkey. Counter Pysops also reports that the Wahhabi army is "silently backed by the US and NATO members, with Turkey in the forefront of this support group."
Rumours continue to circulate that Belhaj is actually a CIA operative, though no concrete evidence has surfaced as yet. What is clear is that although the Emir of Qatar calls for an army of Arab troops to stop the violence in Syria, Qatar's real intent is regime overthrow, with the ultimate aim of spreading Wahhabi Islam throughout the region.