Germany’s development aid minister, Gerd Mueller, has accused Qatar of financing the Islamic State terror group.
“A story like this always has a history,” Mueller said in an interview with public broadcaster ZDF. “Who is financing these troops? Hint: Qatar.”
German Vice-Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel has called for a “debate” about who has been financing the terror group, which has created an Islamic “Caliphate” which straddles the Iraq-Syrian border.
The country is still to decide whether it should support Iraqi Kurds, fighting the jihadists, with lethal or non-lethal military aid, a controversial issue because of its historic involvement in two world wars.
There are also links between Qatar’s winning the 2022 World Cup bid and the Islamic State group. The country’s rich Aspire sports academy collaborated on a series of religious lectures in Doha during Ramadan this year which included the Saudi cleric Mohammad al-Arefe.
“Qatar does not have the right to send money for rockets and tunnels which are fired at innocent civilians,” Peres recently told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Jerusalem.
The Gulf State only holds a population of approximately 1.9 million but is one of the richest countries in the world due to its vast resources of oil and gas.
Full article: Iraq Crisis: German Aid Minister Claims Qatar Financing Islamic State Jihadists (International Business Times)