The government of Qatar paid about a billion dollars in ransom for 26 persons, among whom were members of the Qatari Royal family, kidnapped by terrorists close to al-Qaida in the South of Iraq, 50 militants captured during fighting in Syria, according to the Financial Times, citing its own informed sources.
The money was handed over in April 2017, one of the terrorist groups fighting in Syria (maybe we are talking about grouping «Jabhat Fatah al-sham», which formerly bore the name of «Dzhabhat EN Nusra») and the security services of Iran.
The FT writes that the Qataris involved in falconry in the desert of Najaf in the South-West of Iraq, near the border with Saudi Arabia, was abducted by armed men in uniform in December 2015.
RIA Novosti, citing a source in the Iraqi police confirmed that among those abducted were members of the ruling family of Qatar. Negotiations for the release of hostages has been conducted over the years. They were involved not only the representatives of Qatar, but Iran and Hizbullah. In April of this year, 26 hunters were released and handed over to the Ambassador of Qatar in Iraq.
It’s unclear whether the story of accusations against Doha in providing financial and other support to terrorists from other Arab countries.
Recall that on 5 June to break off diplomatic relations with Qatar, said Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Yemen, Eastern Libya, the Maldives and Mauritius.