In Shocking, Viral Interview, Qatar Confesses Secrets Behind Syrian War

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A television interview of a top Qatari official confessing the truth behind the origins of the war in Syria is going viral across Arabic social media during the same week a leaked top secret NSA document was published which confirms that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the conflict.

And according to a well-known Syria analyst and economic adviser with close contacts in the Syrian government, the explosive interview constitutes a high level "public admission to collusion and coordination between four countries to destabilize an independent state, [including] possible support for Nusra/al-Qaeda." Importantly, "this admission will help build case for what Damascus sees as an attack on its security & sovereignty. It will form basis for compensation claims."

A 2013 London press conference: Qatari Prime Minister Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim bin Jabr Al Thani with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. A 2014 Hillary Clinton email confirmed Qatar as a state-sponsor of ISIS during that same time period. 

As the war in Syria continues slowly winding down, it seems new source material comes out on an almost a weekly basis in the form of testimonials of top officials involved in destabilizing Syria, and even occasional leaked emails and documents which further detail covert regime change operations against the Assad government. Though much of this content serves to confirm what has already long been known by those who have never accepted the simplistic propaganda which has dominated mainstream media, details continue to fall in place, providing future historians with a clearer picture of the true nature of the war.

This process of clarity has been aided - as predicted - by the continued infighting among Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) former allies Saudi Arabia and Qatar, with each side accusing the other of funding Islamic State and al-Qaeda terrorists (ironically, both true). Increasingly, the world watches as more dirty laundry is aired and the GCC implodes after years of nearly all the gulf monarchies funding jihadist movements in places like Syria, Iraq, and Libya.

The top Qatari official is no less than former Prime Minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al-Thani, who oversaw Syria operations on behalf of Qatar until 2013 (also as foreign minister), and is seen below with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in this Jan. 2010 photo (as a reminder, Qatar's 2022 World Cup Committee donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation in 2014).

In an interview with Qatari TV Wednesday, bin Jaber al-Thani revealed that his country, alongside Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the United States, began shipping weapons to jihadists from the very moment events "first started" (in 2011).

Al-Thani even likened the covert operation to "hunting prey" - the prey being President Assad and his supporters - "prey" which he admits got away (as Assad is still in power; he used a Gulf Arabic dialect word, "al-sayda", which implies hunting animals or prey for sport). Though Thani denied credible allegations of support for ISIS, the former prime minister's words implied direct Gulf and US support for al-Qaeda in Syria (al-Nusra Front) from the earliest years of the war, and even said Qatar has "full documents" and records proving that the war was planned to effect regime change.

According to Zero Hedge's translation, al-Thani said while acknowledging Gulf nations were arming jihadists in Syria with the approval and support of US and Turkey: "I don't want to go into details but we have full documents about us taking charge [in Syria]." He claimed that both Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah (who reigned until his death in 2015) and the United States placed Qatar in a lead role concerning covert operations to execute the proxy war.

The former prime minister's comments, while very revealing, were intended as a defense and excuse of Qatar's support for terrorism, and as a critique of the US and Saudi Arabia for essentially leaving Qatar "holding the bag" in terms of the war against Assad. Al-Thani explained that Qatar continued its financing of armed insurgents in Syria while other countries eventually wound down large-scale support, which is why he lashed out at the US and the Saudis, who initially "were with us in the same trench."

In a previous US television interview which was vastly underreported, al-Thani told Charlie Rose when asked about allegations of Qatar's support for terrorism that, "in Syria, everybody did mistakes, including your country." And said that when the war began in Syria, "all of use worked through two operation rooms: one in Jordan and one in Turkey."

Below is the key section of Wednesday's interview, translated and subtitled by @Walid970721. Zero Hedge has reviewed and confirmed the translation, however, as the original rush translator has acknowledged, al-Thani doesn't say "lady" but "prey" ["al-sayda"]- as in both Assad and Syrians were being hunted by the outside countries.

The partial English transcript is as follows:

"When the events first started in Syria I went to Saudi Arabia and met with King Abdullah. I did that on the instructions of his highness the prince, my father. He [Abdullah] said we are behind you. You go ahead with this plan and we will coordinate but you should be in charge. I won’t get into details but we have full documents and anything that was sent [to Syria] would go to Turkey and was in coordination with the US forces and everything was distributed via the Turks and the US forces. And us and everyone else was involved, the military people. There may have been mistakes and support was given to the wrong faction... Maybe there was a relationship with Nusra, its possible but I myself don’t know about this… we were fighting over the prey ["al-sayda"] and now the prey is gone and we are still fighting... and now Bashar is still there. You [US and Saudi Arabia] were with us in the same trench... I have no objection to one changing if he finds that he was wrong, but at least inform your partner… for example leave Bashar [al-Assad] or do this or that, but the situation that has been created now will never allow any progress in the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council], or any progress on anything if we continue to openly fight."

As is now well-known, the CIA was directly involved in leading regime change efforts in Syria with allied gulf partners, as leaked and declassified US intelligence memos confirm. The US government understood in real time that Gulf and West-supplied advanced weaponry was going to al-Qaeda and ISIS, despite official claims of arming so-called "moderate" rebels. For example, a leaked 2014 intelligence memo sent to Hillary Clinton acknowledged Qatari and Saudi support for ISIS.

The email stated in direct and unambiguous language that: 

"the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region."

Furthermore, one day before Prime Minister Thani's interview, The Intercept released a new top-secret NSA document unearthed from leaked intelligence files provided by Edward Snowden which show in stunning clarity that the armed opposition in Syria was under the direct command of foreign governments from the early years of the war which has now claimed half a million lives.

The newly released NSA document confirms that a 2013 insurgent attack with advanced surface-to-surface rockets upon civilian areas of Damascus, including Damascus International Airport, was directly supplied and commanded by Saudi Arabia with full prior awareness of US intelligence. As the former Qatari prime minister now also confirms, both the Saudis and US government staffed "operations rooms" overseeing such heinous attacks during the time period of the 2013 Damascus airport attack. 

No doubt there remains a massive trove of damning documentary evidence which will continue to trickle out in the coming months and years. At the very least, the continuing Qatari-Saudi diplomatic war will bear more fruit as each side builds a case against the other with charges of supporting terrorism. And as we can see from this latest Qatari TV interview, the United States itself will not be spared in this new open season of airing dirty laundry as old allies turn on each other.

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Duc888's picture



...seems like anyone who spent 15 minutes or so searching the internets could have come to the same conlusion 5+ years ago.

Bes's picture

and since Trump has been continuing this policy, he's just another


like the rest


just with a good twitter game to throw you off the scent

jaap's picture

Qatar...., isn't that where the Clintons live nowadays?

yomutti2's picture

Anybody is better than the murderous scumbag puppet that Russia has in place now.


BennyBoy's picture


How much big money has the Clintion Fraudation received since she lost?

As much as she used to get as SOS in a year?

There's no influence to buy now.

BuddyEffed's picture

No wonder weapons were so easily lost/captured.

loebster's picture

Israhell WAGS the US which wags Qatar and the rest of the ME.

Sokhmate's picture

The tick wagging the tail wagging the dog.

a Smudge by any other name's picture

In other news, Vladimir Putin says "mua ha ha ha ha ha ha"

Anonymous sources confirm.

JRobby's picture


Flood with weaponry

Blare propaganda worldwide 24/7



fleur de lis's picture

The CIA is the biggest collection of vermin outside the city dump.

If ever a nest of ectoparasites needed to be hit by a massive meteor it is Langley.

bigkahuna's picture

thats a little rough on vermin

Stuck on Zero's picture

Can the widows and orphans of those killed in that war sue Hillary and Obama?

Gorgeous's picture

You mean sue the Noble Peace prize winner and the Progressive defender of womens rights around the world? Yeah, sue them. Better yet hang them for war crimes.

philipat's picture

"Qatar...., isn't that where the Clintons live nowadays?"

Nah, not yet. As of now, only several Billion of their ill-gotten gains live there? Full forensic audit on the Clinton "Foundation" anyone?

TheLastTrump's picture

You're leg humper bait.



geno-econ's picture

Sue them and bring war criminal charges against whomever ( Democrats, Republicans, Saudis, Neocons, etc ) perpetrated these crimes of mass killings.   Nuremberg would be a good location for a tribunal

beemasters's picture

If Syria is smart, they will file a lawsuit against them, except any one who will fully cooperate (Qatar). That might just start the avalanche.

mc888's picture

Lawsuit? How about indictments for violating the (illegal) NDAA? Aiding and abetting Al-Qaeda and ISIS is a clear and explicit violation. US citizens in alphabet agencies would have no right to due process. They are enemy combatants subject to military tribunal.

lucitanian's picture

Here's an idea. As "suspected" enemy combatants they surely belong in Guantanamo, without charges, without the benefit of any process of law or justice.

Surely what's good for the goose is good for the gander.

mc888's picture

Exactly my point, Lou.

Until the Supreme Court reigns in the rogue agency known as Congress, the unconstitutional NDAA is still "the law". Failure to apply it to Congressmen (McCain), State Dept, and alphabet agencies is gross malfeasance.

BarkingCat's picture

They should.

The table cloth wearing goat fucking sand dwellers need to pay up also.

Mustahattu's picture

Unfortunately not, they are untouchable. The US would never allow the international criminal court to judge any US military or security decision. Furthermore US and British troops have immunity over war crimes committed in e.g. Iraq.

johngaltfla's picture

This is my shocked face :|

auricle's picture

What will Trump do with this new information?

<= End the corrupt, unethical, un american, illegal, failed foreign policy

<= Status quo

Boris Badenov's picture

Didn't Bill get a $1,000,000 birthday present from Qatar?

TheLastTrump's picture

Hey, fuck off you lame ass fool. Find another scapegoat.



“This reminds me of anti-Semitism,” Putin said. “The Jews are to blame for everything. An idiot cannot do anything himself, so the Jews are to blame. But we know what such attitudes lead to. They end with nothing good.”

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

Go ride a bicycle made of dicks.

Déjà view's picture

"If it were not for the accident of my birth, I would be anti-Semitic,” he once quipped, and “any people who has been persecuted for two thousand years must be doing something wrong.”

--- Henry Kissinger

Ms No's picture

You keep cherry picking that statement but as I have said before, Putin also said that 80-85% of leading Bolsheviks were Jews.  So when he says blaming them ends in nothing good, he knows exactly what type of power he is up against.  He said these things while confronting and routing out Jewish Oligarchs in Russia.  So he speaks softly and carries a big stick, get it?  This is real chess here, not the fake Trump kind.  You can't criticize them head on.  In case you haven't noticed this is already illegal in Europe and Canada.  After Holocaust propaganda nobody can survive criticizing Jews, duh.

bigkahuna's picture

zionists and Jews are not the same thing - never have been, never will be. Jews get blamed for what the zionists do though. It is part of the tribal nature of humans - and it makes us extremely easy to manipulate and control.

If you can break out of your tribalistic nature, then you can shake off nearly 3/4 of the day to day attempts by .gov military/industrial/political/bankster/luciferian complex to control you.

See zionism for what it is, see all of the racial (all of the skin colors have their own hate groups - very tribalistic) and other hate groups for what they are - tools. Will they be effective tools to work on you?

dark pools of soros's picture

He already kicked out the jews so he can be polite now

doctor10's picture

So now Hillary is going to try to cram this mess of hers down Saudi and Qatari 's craw?

max2205's picture

500 thousand here 500 thousand there and you are talking big numbers 

photonsoflight's picture

I wonder who has a bigger kill list, Putin or the Clintons?

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

That yapping mutt knows that, of the two, only the Clintons have a kill list.

While stupidity is an international phenomenon, the style of yomutti is really Latvian or Ukrainian...

NIRP Diggler's picture

"Anybody is better than the murderous scumbag puppet that Russia has in place now."

So, you prefer an American installed murderous scumbag puppet?

Crazy Or Not's picture

Sorry I'm late to the party ... I've been getting the popcorn, this should be good.
Boston Brakes in 3,2,1...

sun tzu's picture

Anyone expect the lamestream presstitute whore media to teport on this?

Bendromeda Strain's picture

NOPE. I'm even surprised that another NSA document got past the gatekeeper owner of The Intercept. Pierre Olmidyar is as corrupt as they come, and Greenwald sold out to go work for him with Snowden's trove.

Give Me Some Truth's picture

This report might have gone "viral" on the Internet in the Mideast. It won't go viral in the mainstream media in the United States of America.


BobEore's picture

Too funny!

YET ANOTHER z-hedge pretend "news" piece...

which fingers the chosen fall guy for yet another successful(yes - the Syrian imbrogolio has been a SUCCESSFUL op for its' creators)muddled eastern mud wrastling extravaganza...

and mysteriously MAKES NO REFERENCE(none...zERO...zIP...zILCH.)to the s e Meds' tiny pirate state and HQ OF international finance capital.


SHockED .... SHocked! I tells ya!

(in uther - completely unreported - news... Qatar, in exchange for relief from the pressure brought on it by former friends and co conspireators... will be getting further friendly with new (Shia!)buddy Persia... and both, a piece of the pie... in the now completed ENERGY CARTEL DEAL by which a RUSSIAN-SRAELI-LED group of oil states will be hangin the west out to dry.

say it ain't so! Ho!

BobEore's picture

n'other day...

n'other TKO.

nuthin in yur mitts, muffins!