“You know what I did? I left troops to take the oil. I took the oil. The only troops I have are taking the oil, they’re protecting the oil. I took over the oil.”

  • Selon le Financial Times, le raison de la colère des séoudiens, c’est une rançon de 500 millions à 1 milliard de dollars payée par le Qatar à des gens à qui il ne faudrait pas donner d’argent, ce qui revenait ainsi à les « financer » : The $1bn hostage deal that enraged Qatar’s Gulf rivals :

    Qatar paid up to $1bn to release members of its royal family who were kidnapped in Iraq while on a hunting trip, according to people involved in the hostage deal — one of the triggers behind Arab states’ dramatic decision to cut ties with the government in Doha. 

    Commanders of militant groups and government officials in the region told the Financial Times that Doha spent the money in a transaction that secured the release of 26 members of a Qatari falconry party in southern Iraq and about 50 militants captured by jihadis in Syria. 

    By their telling, Qatar paid off two of the most frequently blacklisted forces of the Middle East in one fell swoop: an al-Qaeda affiliate fighting in Syria and Iranian security officials. The deal, which was concluded in April, heightened concerns among Qatar’s neighbours about the small gas-rich state’s role in a region plagued by conflict and bitter rivalries.

    Ça fait tout de même des années que les Syriens accusent le Qatar de subventionner leurs clients jihadistes sous le couvert de ces réglements de « rançons ». Se demander (ou pas) pourquoi cette fois-ci ce serait insupportable pour les séoudiens.

    Intéressant : par contrecoup (et sans doute de manière bien involontaire), l’accusation séoudienne du moment valide rétrospectivement tout un pan des critiques des pratiques du Qatar en Syrie.