Private citizens and businessmen in Somalia have confirmed Qatari involvement in a certain bombing incident in the Somali capital Mogadishu which has created unrest amongst the trade community.
The New York Times obtained a call recording between the Qatari ambassador to Somalia and a businessman close to the Qatari Emir, Sheikh Tamim.
The call confirms Qatar’s intent of ousting any other country that is doing business in Somalia and divert business towards itself only. Al Muhanadi is the businessman who apparently has been photographed a lot of times with Sheikh Tamim. His text messageshave has been reported by the foreign intelligence agency that recorded the phone call and has confirmed that they often travel together.
The US security reports confirmed earlier that Qatar is also involved in financing the youth movement in Somalia. Also, there are terrorist financiers living in Qatar that have freely played a pivotal role in the financing of the movement, linked to al-Qa’idah organization and directly and indirectly.
At the head of the country is Abdul Rahman bin Omair Al-Nuaimi. According to the US Treasury Department report, Nu’aymi was put into the list of as Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGs) in 2013. He was identified as a Qatar-based terrorist financier and facilitator who had provided money and material support and conveyed communications to al-Qa’ida and its affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen for more than a decade. He was considered among the most prominent Qatar-based supporters of Iraqi Sunni extremists.
News has already been out that former US Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice had asked Turkey in 2009 that it was imperative that Qatar is pressurized to stop funding Al Shabaab.
Rice had then indicated that the funding was through the transfer of funds to Somalia via Eritrea. The same accusation was repeated by then-Prime Minister Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, who said during a meeting with US diplomats in Libya that Doha was providing financial support to the extremist movement.