News reports indicate that Qatar had sent no less than 5000 members of its Special Forces in Libya, long before the fall of Colonel Gaddafi, according to a French diplomatic source following the case. However, it is understood that they were not 'special forces' as most of them were regular soldiers. There were a group of Qatar special forces elements helping the U.S., French and British special forces on the ground though.
Responsible for supporting the rebels, troops from Doha were first deployed at Tobruk and then to the west in the Jebel Nefoussa, where the chief of Staff of Qatar, Hamad bin Ali General al-Attyiah was based.
In comparison, France had only a few dozen commandos from the Special Forces. "The Qataris arrived with suitcases full of money, which allowed them to bribe to tribes," adds the source. The emirate of Qatar has played a significant role in the fall of the Gaddafi regime.
In recent weeks, the Qatar contingent was called to order and not to support too much the 'Islamic' rebels by the Libyan National Transition Council (NTC). Qatar was supposedly supporting the Islamic rebels with cash to keep them in the fight at a moment when they wanted to give up arms before the fall of Tripoli.
Nicolas Sarkozy has clearly raised the issue when he received a few weeks ago the Emir al-Thani at the Elysee Palace, said the French newspaper Le Monde. "The Qataris had no hidden agenda, says the specialist in Libya. When their men arrived at Tobruk and east, the Islamists were those who were most involved in the rebellion."
In the months that preceded the fall of Gaddafi, Qatar has sent several convoys of arms to Islamist fighters without the NTC's knowledge. Hence the anger of the NTC and Nato elements against Qatar.
One of the Doha chaperone, for example, Sheikh Ali Salibi, a leading Islamist Libyan official sheltered Moussa Koussa, the former intelligence chief of Colonel Gaddafi, who abandoned Gadhafi at the early stages of the Nato bombing of Libya. The departure of Koussa meant that Gadhafi's chances of survival was lesser and a chance for a negotiation between Gadhafi and the rebels were nil.
Qatar may have compensated Koussa, sources said, to abandon Gadhafi with promises that he will not be extradited to Libya once the war was over.
Hanging in Tripoli
According to Shabab Al Ahrar Libya, the fighters of the cell "Soukour ABoumaniar" and cell "Jahfel Osoude Sirte" of the Liberation Army of Libya have captured two very important people who aided the rebels against Gadhafi:
- The first battalion of the Emir "Battalion, February 17," Ahmed Elmjiri was captured. He was sentenced to death by hanging and executed by hanging on a power pole at the entrance to the city of Sirte.
- The second is a mercenary Qatari, Ahmed Sliti, a specialist in telecommunications. The LLf said this was done to avenge the martyr of Colonel Mohamed hatiche.
These two cells promise to the people of Libya they will carry out new operations to avenge their father (the guide Maoummar Gaddafi).
A video of Qatar will soon be broadcast on the Internet.