Monday Headlines

Qatar Shows Itself To Be Both Ally And Enemy
While Qatar may be attempting to leverage its power by helping to secure the release of imprisoned American Peter Curtis, UN Ambassador Ron Prosor places the nation in a less positive light by characterizing it as the “Club Med” for terrorists and casting a critical eye on its continued defense of the terrorist organization, Hamas.

“It is time for the world to wake up and smell the gas fumes. Qatar has spared no cost to dress up its country as a liberal, progressive society, yet at its core, the micro monarchy is aggressively financing radical Islamist movements. In light of the emirate’s unabashed support for terrorism, one has to question FIFA’s decision to reward Qatar with the 2022 World Cup,” he writes in The New York Times.

The dichotomy was not missed on Germany’s development minister, Gerd Mueller, who said that while the nation has condemned ISIS, its actions do not fall in line with that statement

“Who is financing these troops? Hint: Qatar,” he asked recently.

Air Strikes May Not Be Sufficient, Says Free Syrian Army
Josh Rogin of The Daily Beast reports that members of the Free Syrian Army have sent a message to President Barack Obama insisting that airstrikes “don’t have a chance of destroying the terror group and will just make things worse unless there’s a real plan to defeat it, according to leaders of the moderate rebel and civilian opposition leadership.”

Boko Haram Mimics ISIS, Declares Islamic Caliphate
The leader of the radical Islamic terrorist group Boko Haram has declared a recently-seized town as part of the Islamic caliphate.

Boko Haram’s leader, Abubakar Shekau, announced in a video that Gwoza town, which his troops claimed last week was now part of their Nigerian territory.

“Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate,” Shekau said in the 52-minute video.

The Nigerian military took to another social media platform – Twitter – to deny their claims, according to Businessweek.

“The claim is empty,” Nigeria’s Defence Headquarters said on its Twitter account late yesterday. “The sovereignty and territorial integrity of the Nigerian state is still intact.”


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