New details on the kidnapping of Qatari fishermen


In December 2015, the adventure of the two fishermen in southern Iraq ended with the kidnapping of an armed group that negotiated their release for 16 months and after being released in a $ 1 billion deal until dawn broke the current deep differences between Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt with Qatar.

Regional officials familiar with the deal say the ransom has raised doubts between Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates that Qatar is funding radical Islamic groups supported by Iran, and that “Qatar paid ransom to Iranian security officials on an international black list, Iraqi militias and Syrian armed groups in a deal that achieved goals While Qatar says the ransom was much less and only paid to Baghdad to help secure the release of the hostages. ” “Nine of the hijackers from the al-Thani family were kidnapped after helicopter landing in southern Iraq and their underground detention in Baghdad’s Green Zone, which includes most foreign diplomatic missions, while the hostages received poor food and a little medicine, Physical and mental scars “.

“Ransom payments are the straw that broke the camel’s back and sparked differences between Gulf States and Qatar after the money reached Iraqi parties with strong ties to Iran,” said one Gulf observer.

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