In the wake of a recent $11 billion weapons deal with the Obama Administration, the Persian Gulf nation of Qatar is denying allegations that they are responsible for funding the ISIS terrorist organization. As reported by the Associated Press via The State (of Columbia, South Carolina) on Aug. 24, 2014, a key German government official dropped a none-too-subtle hint that the reason one of the most bloody jihadists groups on the planet is so well funded points directly to the Emirate of Qatar, one of the wealthiest nations on the planet.
During an interview with the German public broadcasting network Zweites Deutsches Fernsehen (translation: Second German Television) Germany's Minister of Development Gerd Mueller "said it was important to examine who is financing the group [ISIS], and that 'the key word is Qatar.'" Government spin doctors for the Bundesrepublik Deutschland swung into action to backtrack on Minister Mueller's comments.
Ministerial spokeswoman Katharina Maenz told reporters that her boss "had merely been referring to media reports about Qatar's involvement." Doubling down of Berlin's efforts to tap down any diplomatic fracas, Foreign Ministry spokesman Martin Schafer said "German diplomats in the Qatari capital Doha had met with Qatari officials to reassure them that Berlin considers the country a partner and that 'if there were misunderstandings then we regret this.'"
According to the US Energy Information Administration's official website, because of Qatar's exportation of refined petroleum, crude oil, liquid natural gas and electricity, the postage stamp sized country's worth in easily in the trillions of dollars. The Emirate also happens to be one of the few remaining allies to the Gaza Strip-based Hamas terrorist organization. The nation's leader Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani also has a track record of throwing large amounts of cash as the myriad of shadowy self-styled "militias" seeking the overthrow of Syrian President Bashir al-Assad, to include ISIS (Islamic State in Syria and Iraq).
In the biggest arms deal so far this year, the Obama Administration finalized a multi-billion dollar weapons deal with Qatar earlier this summer. As reported by the Agence France Presse via The Daily Star (of Beirut, Lebanon) on July 15, 2014 and also by the Reuters news service via The Fiscal Times, on July 14, 2014, some of the most advanced American military technology will soon be signed over to the Middle Eastern nation.
While the specifics of the sale were solidly under wraps by Department of Defense officials, the agreement itself was signed off by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar’s defense minister, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah at a Pentagon signing ceremony. However, speaking on grounds of strict anonymity, an American official has verified to Agence France Presse that the Qataris have purchased "roughly" 10 batteries of Patriot missiles, as well as 24 of the cutting-edge Apache attack helicopters and 500 Javelin anti-tank missiles.
A standard MIM-104 Patriot surface-to-air missile (SAM) battery can have up to 16 launchers with each launcher stocked with up to 16 PAC3 missiles per. At 256 missiles per battery, not counting however many extra purchased for reserve, the Gulf Arab nation will have at least 2,500 top-notch American missiles at their disposal. Along with the state of the art missiles comes the recently upgraded AN/MPQ-53 radar system. Also standard equipment includes the technologically advanced AN/MSQ-104 Engagement Control Station (ECS) which serves as the nerve center of the Patriot battery.
Qatar has been in the American headlines recently as the nation that facilitated the release of five Taliban prisoners from the U.S. military detention center at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in exchange for U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, who is suspected of possibly deserting his unit in Afghanistan to defect to the Taliban. The Gitmo Five will remain for one year in Qatar essentially as guests of the Emir. The British-educated royal is believed to be closer to the Muslim Brotherhood than many in the nation's current leadership