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Leaked email reveals Saudi and Qatar support for Islamic State


A leaked email from Hillary Clinton to then President Obama top aide John Podesta reveals Clinton’s concerns about Islamic State and the support it was receiving from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. A few months after the email was sent, Podesta would take over as campaign chairman of the Clinton presidential campaign.

The revelation occured at a time when both Saudi Arabia and Qatar were donating millions of dollars to the Clinton Foundation.

Daily Caller:

Clinton sent the email on August 17, 2014 to Podesta. It was an eight-point plan to defeat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Clinton’s email said that the United States should support Kurdish forces on the ground with U.S. military advisers and avoid the use of a conventional ground operation.

“While this military/para-military operation is moving forward, we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region,” Clinton wrote.

The former secretary of state added: “This effort will be enhanced by the stepped up commitment in the [Kurdish Regional Government]. The Qataris and Saudis will be put in a position of balancing policy between their ongoing competition to dominate the Sunni world and the consequences of serious U.S. pressure.”

The email from Clinton to Podesta contains a similar format of previous intelligence reports Clinton ally Sidney Blumenthal would send to the former secretary of state. The Daily Caller has previously reported how Clinton had previously asked aides to remove markings showing Blumenthal wrote the reports before sending them to White House officials.

The August 2014 email that pointed the finger at Saudi Arabia and Qatar does not contain any information linking it to Blumenthal in particular and is sent from one of Clinton’s personal emails. The batch of Wikileaks emails has not been independently verified by TheDC. However, Clinton and her spokesman Brian Fallon did not dispute the legitimacy of leaked speech transcripts released by Wikileaks at Sunday’s debate.

TheDC reached out to the Clinton campaign and asked if they dispute the legitimacy of the email, but they have not responded. The Daily Caller also emailed Blumenthal asking if he authored the memo, and he also did not respond.

It has been an open secret for years that the Saudis and other Gulf states were backing not only ISIS, but al-Qaeda and other extremist militias in Syria and around the Middle East. This appears to be show that the Obama administration was well aware of Saudi support for Islamic State and chose not to do much about it.

According to The Intercept, the Saudis and othe Gulf states were donating millions to the Clinton Foundation at the same time they were also supporting ISIS:

Although it did not give while she was secretary of state, the Saudi regime by itself has donated between $10 million and $25 million to the Clinton Foundation, with donations coming as late as 2014, as she prepared her presidential run. A group called “Friends of Saudi Arabia,” co-founded “by a Saudi Prince,” gave an additional amount between $1 million and $5 million. The Clinton Foundation says that between $1 million and $5 million was also donated by“the State of Qatar,” the United Arab Emirates, and the government of Brunei. “The State of Kuwait” has donated between $5 million and $10 million.

Theoretically, one could say that these regimes — among the most repressive and regressive in the world — are donating because they deeply believe in the charitable work of the Clinton Foundation and want to help those in need. Is there a single person on the planet who actually believes this? Is Clinton loyalty really so strong that people are going to argue with a straight face that the reason the Saudi, Qatari, Kuwaiti and Emirates regimes donated large amounts of money to the Clinton Foundation is because those regimes simply want to help the foundation achieve its magnanimous goals?

They would also argue – with a straight face – that the Clinton’s accepted the cash from ISIS backers because of all the good that money would do to advance the Foundation’s charity work.

The doings of the Clinton Foundation have been largely off limits during the campaign. The media just can’t find the energy to write about things like this. But at the very least, the notion that the Clinton’s accepted cash from ISIS supporters reveals a towering cynicism and hypocrisy that would disqualify any other candidate for the presidency.



Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

As American talking heads continue to express their “moral outrage” at Donald Trump’s call “for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country’s representatives can figure out what is going on,” perhaps they should first consider what the official position of foreign Muslim governments is on Americans—beginning with U.S. “friends and allies.”

As it happens, jihadi hate for non-Muslim “infidels” is not limited to the Islamic State, which U.S. leadership dismisses as neither a real state nor representative of Islam. Rather, it’s the official position of, among others, Saudi Arabia — a very real state, birthplace of Islam, and, of course, “friend and ally” of America.

Saudi Arabia’s Permanent Committee for Islamic Research and Issuing Fatwas[1]—which issues religious decrees that become law—issued a fatwa, or decree, titled, “Duty to Hate Jews, Polytheists, and Other Infidels.” Written by Sheikh Abd al-Aziz ibn Baz (d. 1999), former grand mufti and highest religious authority in the government, it still appears on the website.

According to this governmentally-supported fatwa, Muslims—that is, the entire Saudi citizenry—must “oppose and hate whomever Allah commands us to oppose and hate, including the Jews, the Christians, and othermushrikin [non-Muslims], until they believe in Allah alone and abide by his laws, which he sent down to his Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings upon him.”

To prove this, Baz quotes a number of Koran verses that form the doctrine of Loyalty and Enmity—the same doctrine every Sunni jihadi organization evokes to the point of concluding that Muslim men must hate their Christian or Jewish wives (though they may enjoy them sexually).

These Koran verses include: “Do not take the Jews and the Christians for your friends and allies” (5:51) and “You shall find none who believe in Allah and the Last Day on friendly terms with those who oppose Allah and His Messenger [i.e., non-Muslims]—even if they be their fathers, their sons, their brothers, or their nearest kindred” (58:22; see also 3:28, 60:4, 2:120).

After quoting the verses, Baz reiterates:

Such verses are many and offer clear proofs concerning the obligation to despise infidels from the Jews, Christians, and all other non-Muslims, as well as the obligation to oppose them until they believe in Allah alone.

Despite documenting its official hatred for all non-Muslims (albeit on a website virtually unknown in the West), in the international arena, Saudi Arabia claims to support the principles of justice, humanity, promotion of values and the principles of tolerance in the world,” and sometimes accuses the West for its supposed “discrimination based on religion.”

Such hypocrisy is manifest everywhere and explains how the Saudi government’s official policy can be to hate Christians and Jews—children are taught to ritually curse them in grade school—while its leading men fund things like Georgetown University’s Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding (the real purpose of which appears to be to fund influential “Christian” academics to whitewash Islam before the public).

Our other “good friend and ally,” Qatar, also officially documents its hate for every non-Muslim—or practically 100% of America’s population.  A website owned by the Qatari Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs published afatwa titled “The Obligation of Hating Infidels, Being Clean of Them, and Not Befriending Them.”

Along with citing the usual Loyalty and Enmity verses, the fatwa adds that Christians should be especially hated because they believe that God is one of three (Trinity), that Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified and resurrected for the sins of mankind—all cardinal doctrines of Christianity that are vehemently lambasted in the Koran (see 5:72-81).

Incidentally, this same Qatari government-owned website once published a fatwa legitimizing the burning of “infidels”—only to remove it soon after the Islamic State justified its burning of a Jordanian pilot by citing several arguments from the fatwa.

In short, it’s not this or that “radical,” who “doesn’t represent Islam,” or isn’t a “real state,” that hates non-Muslim “infidels.”  Rather, it’s the official position of the governments of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, which are presented to the American public as “friends and allies.”

This little discussed fact might explain why the majority of terrorism in America is committed by Muslims and why the majority of Americans support Trump’s measures.

[1]  The Committee is known by other English names including The Standing Committee for Scholarly Research and Fatwa, or The Committee for Research and Religious Edicts, or The Permanent Committee for Islamic Research & Verdicts, or The General Presidency of Scholarly Research and Iftaa,’ or in Arabic, al-Lajnah ad-Daa’imah lil-Buhooth al-‘Ilmiyyah wal-Iftaa.

Qatar prosecutes woman for sending .@WhatsApp insults

A female resident in Qatar has been prosecuted for sending insults via the mobile app WhatsApp, in the first case under the country’s controversial cybercrime law. The law prosecutes and targets crimes across digital platforms, from online fraud to social media.

The woman was sentenced in absentia late last month to six months in jail and ordered to pay a fine of $5,500 (QR20,000) for sending several messages to a man who arranged her accommodation. Allegedly upset because her landlord evicted her, she responded with insults, including a homophobic slur, according to news website Doha News.

According to the court’s verdict, as reported by Qatari daily newspaper Al Raya, the woman had also threatened to “have the man deported.”

The case is the first since the cybercrime law was formally introduced over a year ago. Critics of the law fear the new legislation may limit freedom of expression and speech, especially those of online publications.

The law could prosecute anyone who shares or publishes online content deemed harmful to the country’s “social values” or “general order.”

The legislation also stipulates fines and jail time for various offenses including hacking into government networks, online fraud and sharing child pornography.

The law, which was published in its entirety by the Qatari Al Raya newspaper, includes an article that specifically raises fears among journalists regarding its potential impact on freedom of the press and publication as well as commentary on social media.

The article reads: “Anyone who spreads “false news” online that could harm the state or its “general order” could now face up to three years in jail or a fine of up to QR500,000 [$137,309]”. It has also outlawed publishing anything that violates and reveals information related to someone’s personal life.

Until the law came into effect, content published online did not fall under any specific legislation. Law No. 8 of 1979 “On the Press and Publication,” otherwise known as the Press Law, still governs the Qatari media 35 years since it was first introduced.

Freedom of the press?

Shabina Khatri is the co-founder and Executive Editor of the online news publication Doha News. Established in 2009 as just a Twitter feed covering Qatar, Doha News is now a fully-fledged website covering breaking news, politics, business, culture and life in and around Qatar.

For the past few years, the publication has been able to cover some of the biggest stories in the small Arab Gulf state, including the tragic deaths of 19 people in a 2012 mall fire, 13 of them children. At the time, most of the national newspapers were silent on the incident as the story broke but Khatri, along with her team, were on the story as they vetted and confirmed tweets and information from citizen journalists. The national Qatar TV station and QBS Radio ran their usual broadcasts throughout the incident.

Khatri told Al Arabiya News that while the law may seem damning to press freedoms, it has been used in ‘limited fashion’ by the government.

“This makes sense, given reports that the legislation was drafted with the specific purpose of preventing insults to royal families in the region, who worried such talk could delegitimize their rule.”

But while the reasoning behind passing of the law may still be debated, the online news editor told Al Arabiya that the ambiguity of it all still has a “dangerously chilling effect.”

“The overly broad provisions still have a dangerously chilling effect on free speech, and remain on the books as a tool for prosecutors to silence anyone who says something that could violate the country’s ‘social values’ or ‘general order,’” she said.

Fighting ISIS

In recent times, Qatar has been attempting to forge a freer press with the establishment of a Journalism and Communications school at Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) as well as the Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF) that advocates for freedom of the press around the region.

A Qatari female senior student at NU-Q, said that cultural restraints may have played a factor in passing of the law. “Reputation is important in the Qatari culture and the law is intended in protecting people’s name at the cost of the truth… Qatar is following other Gulf states footsteps in limiting freedom of speech,” she said.

Abdulrahman al-Jufairi, a prominent Qatari lawyer, said that criticism of law is currently unwarranted as there was no existing law to combat misuse of technology and the Internet, therefore necessitating the passing of the new legislation.

Article 5 of the law prescribes up to “three years of prison and a fine of up to QR500,000 ($137,309) for anyone who creates or manages a website for a terrorist organization or spreads its ideology through the Internet or any other media that assists in communication among heads and/or members of terror organizations.”

“Unfortunately, we are also seeing terrorist organizations using the Internet for un-peaceful purposes like reaching out to young people in the name of Jihad. We are increasingly seeing this in our country and in our region,” Jufairi said.