More evidence of Qatari soldiers participating in Gaddafi ousterJuly 31, 2017
In the run up to the killing of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the Qatar contingent in Libya was called to order and not to the ‘Extremist’ rebels.
The order was issued by the Libyan National Transition Council (NTC).
Qatar was supposedly supporting the Islamic rebels with cash to keep them in the fight at a moment when they wanted to give up arms before the fall of Tripoli in August 2011.
The then President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy had clearly raised the issue when he received the Emir of Qatar, Emir al-Thani at the Elysee Palace.
This was reported by the French newspaper Le Monde.
France desperately wanted its share of violence in Libya and it was in alliance with Qatar on how to get rid of Gaddafi.
Political analysts close to Libyan affairs stated the Qataris had no hidden agenda.
When their men arrived at Tobruk, the Islamists were those who were most involved in the rebellion against Gaddafi.
These pieces of information established the fact that Qatar was in collusion with France and was also supporting extremist forces on the ground.
In the months that preceded the fall of Gaddafi, Qatar had sent several convoys of arms to extremist fighters and that was without the NTC’s knowledge.
Hence the anger of the NTC and Nato countries (Minus France) against Qatar.
Other evidence of Qatar’s involvement in the conflict were seen with Doha chaperoning Sheikh Ali Salibi, a leading Islamist Libyan official whom it sheltered.
It then sheltered Moussa Koussa, the former intelligence chief of Colonel Gaddafi, who abandoned Gadhafi at the early stages of the Nato bombing of Libya.
The departure of Koussa meant that Gadhafi’s chances of survival was lesser and a chance for a negotiation between Gadhafi and the rebels were nil.
Koussa eventually flew to Britain at the initial stages of the war in Libya but the then Libyan foreign minister defector, left Britain for Qatar shortly afterwards to take part in a “Gulf offensive’ against Libya.
Qatar may have compensated Koussa to abandon Gadhafi with promises that he will not be extradited to Libya once the war was over.
He is still a free man.
Hanging in Tripoli
Other examples of Qatar’s involvement in the war are the capture of several leaders of rebel groups who were indeed of Qatari origin.
Their names were all over the Arab media after they were captured and hanged by troops loyal to Gaddafi = after the latter was murdered.