Qatar Again Reveals Itself as an Enemy of the West

Nov. 27 2019

According to a leaked report from a Western intelligence agency, Qatar had prior knowledge of Iran’s May 12 attack on Saudi, Norwegian, and United Arab Emirates ships in the Persian Gulf, and kept the information to itself. The incident puts into high relief a longstanding problem: that Doha maintains good relations with the West, and is home to a major U.S. airbase, but simultaneously remains on friendly terms with Iran and is a major supporter of Hamas and other Islamist groups. Julie Lenarz comments:

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More about: Hamas, Iran, Jihadism, Qatar, U.S. Foreign policy

Hizballah Bears Responsibility for the Beirut Blast

According to the Lebanese government, the explosion in its capital city on Tuesday that left over 100 dead and many more injured or homeless was caused by the accidental detonation of some 2,750 of ammonium nitrate, a fertilizer often used for making bombs. (Less than one-thousandth of that amount was used by Timothy McVeigh to destroy the Oklahoma City federal building in 1995.) Previously, police have discovered Hizballah warehouses in London and Germany storing many tons of the same explosive. Hussein Ibish comments:

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More about: Hizballah, Lebanon