|Colonel Ahmad Al-Mismari, spokesman for the Libyan National Army, on 26 May 2017.|
The Qatar crisis is increasingly taking the form of a political and economic tsunami that has repercussions throughout Africa. The United Arab Emirates calls Doha a “champion of extremism and terrorism in the region”. Saudi Arabia asks it to change its policy to embrace the regional consensus on radical Islamist movements. In Libya, languages are also loosening.
It was at a press conference on Thursday that the Colonel poured, with supporting documents, an avalanche of very serious charges against Doha. Ahmad Al-Mismari accuses Qatar’s military attache in North Africa, Salem Ali Jarboui, of being an intelligence officer and having corrupted influential figures in Libya. ” Tribal leaders were bought and each received $30,000,” he said.
He points out in passing that the money also financed criminals out of jail to be in power. It sites Mahdi al-Harati, one of the leaders of Ansar al-Sharia who became mayor of Tripoli under the protection of Qatar who financed it.
He gave the name of the bank Iskan to Tataouine in Tunisia, where 8 billion dollars would have been deposed, according to him, to finance al-Qaeda, Islamic State organization and all the other extremist organizations that ensue in North Africa.
Qatar also reportedly carried money, weapons and the EI group in Libya.
As for the wave of killings that targeted members of the army, police, but also civil society figures in Benghazi in 2014, again Qatar would be behind, says Colonel Al-Mismari.
And according to the Colonel, Doha also commissioned the assassination of Abdel Fattah Younes in 2011. This former Libyan army chief was the biggest personality in sight to lead Libya after Gaddafi.