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Collective analysis of different intelligence reports submitted by US, British and Israeli agencies came down to a single conclusion that not only did Qatar hold prior information about the attack on Saudi Arabia’s Aramco, but even helped Iranian forces in executing the operation smoothly.

Saudi Arabia’s state-run oil processing unit, Aramco, was hit by drone explosives in September. Yemen’s Iran-aligned Houthi group, which is battling a Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, claimed responsibility for the attacks.

The recent intelligence findings have falsified Yemen’s claim, calling it a mere gambit, used to protect Qatar. The reports said that that there are high chances of attacks being launched from South Iraq and Ahwaz region, rather than Houthi stations in Yemen. It would have been easy for US to prevent the attack as these areas came under observation point of the US base in Qatar, given the close location along with assorted US drones and satellites in the area.

When we observe the series of event in retrospect, it seems impossible for Iranian forces to escape the watch of US, British, and Israeli intelligence operating in the particular areas and launch the attack.The three at one point or other could have intercepted information and predicted the attack. But it was a third party, which knew about the prevailing intelligence operations, and helped Iran in misleading the agencies. Iran’s closest ally in the region with resources and tactics to make it possible is Qatar.

It is quiet possible that Qatar, with the help of Iran, produced a contradictory human intelligence, or provided incongruous explanations for the images captured by drones and other intelligence sources. The two could have even interfered with the information gathering process by the agencies. Given the fact that US military base is located in Qatar, Qataris could have had ‘complete’ information necessary to make the Aramco attack a success,and distracted the intelligence investigations through omission.

While it was believed that the attacks were caused due to rising tension between the United States and Iran (as US imposed sanctions on Iran’s oil exports), but Doha’s involvement in this rivalry remains incomprehensible. It is only when observed closely, the hidden benefit of these attacks to Qatar surfaces.

In terms of contemporary eco-friendly energy resources, natural gas can easily be labelled as a gold mine. Qatar’s state-owned company Qatargas is the largest producer of Liquified Natural Gas in the world.Unfortunately was the market was not entirely ready for LNG and the company had to apply moratorium in 2005. Qatar’s biggest competitor in terms of crude oil is Saudi Arabia’s Aramco. World still runs on oil and Qatar wanted to hit the oil supply chain along with attacking one of the largest oil processing units of the world, hence Aramco and gulf tankers got attacked. The Aramco attack helped Qatar in disrupting the goals of “Saudi Vision 2030″, which majorly focused on evolving the energy sector and moving from oil to gas. Qatar was trying to hit two birds with one stone. Iran might have pulled the trigger, but it was Doha who laid out the entire plan along with miscellaneous support.

As the Fox News report claimed, Qatar was aware of the attack on Saudi Aramcoand other oil tankers in Gulf of Oman in May, but it chose to stay quiet. It is not the first Qatar chose to stay silent after holding information on a terrorist attack, in order to push its own foreign policy agenda.

Besides, it’s interesting to note that despite all the evidence presented by the intelligence agencies, concluding that Iran was responsible for the attacks ranging from oil tankers to drones and Aramco sites, Qatar not even once criticised Iran or its proxies. It also did not criticise Iran’s ban of US officials, including Senator Ted Cruz, or designating various US foreign policy think tanks and analysts as terrorists. On the contrary, when the Arab states organised an emergency summit in response to the earlier attacks and condemned Iran’s involvement in the same, Qatar criticized their “hardline” position.

What raises alarm is Qatar’s unwavering position on Iran. Why Qatar continues to defend Iran?

Former Al Jazeera reporter Mohamed Fahmy has extensively mentioned that Qatar uses the state-run media house as a foreign policy tool. He said, “Iran and Qatar are allies, in fact, that have similar regional agendas — with the goal of destabilizing regimes allied with the US being chief among them. Qatar for years has sided with Iran in one proxy fight after another, whether in Bahrain, Yemen or in backing Hamas terror against Israelis and Palestinians.” In his Op-Ed, “Al Jazeera: Qatar’s Criminal Mouthpiece,” 12/5/17, Fahmy also mentioned, “Even when Qatar officially joined GCC positions against Iran, its real foreign policy — the so-called news pumped out by my former employer Al Jazeera — was on full display to anyone with a satellite dish or Internet, showing unquestionably that the emirate was firmly aligned with the mullahs, not with its Arab neighbors or the US.”

Qatar, has a long history of funding and sheltering terrorists outfits like Islamic State, IRGC, Hezbullah, Hamas, and other Iran-funded terrorist organizations. These organisations also get positive news coverage on Al Jazeera. Even during the 2017 protests in Iran over corruption in the state, Al Jazeera did not take side of the protesters. It shows Qatar openly supports Iranian ideology and foreign policy.

Doha is also seen repetitively playing the underdog card especially in terms of GCC members boycotting the nation for its support for terror outfits. Doha presents its ties with Tehran as purely defensive in nature, which it calls an inevitable economic necessity given the isolation forced over it by GCC.But Qatar holds no reasonable explanation forits involvement in Hezbullah attacks on Israeli civilians, nor in letting the terrorist groups use Al Jazeera as the marketing platform for ideological outreach and soft power in the region, and disseminating hateful messages and propagating political agendas of the Iranian regime.

In reality, Qatar and Iran hold joint political, economic and military interest, as key agenda for both of them is to establish their hegemony over the region. Qatar’s recent act of hiding the information and helping Iran in oil tanker attacks has only surfaced its two-faced foreign policy. World needs to be wary of Doha’s foreign policy tactics, especially US for its growing closeness with the Gulf nation. Can US still call Qatar its ally? If US aims at combatting Iran’s pernicious influence, it needs to reevaluate its relationship with Qatar and start holding Doha accountable for its support in the recent attacks on the US’ real allies.

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