QATAR PAID $1 BILLION RANSOM FOR ROYAL FAMILY KIDNAPPED BY IRANIAN OFFICIALS & AL QAEDA, SAUDI NOT HAPPY
Joe Simonson | HeatStreet
Some royal Qatari bros were just having a day out with the boys and their falcons when a bunch of unchill al Qaeda affiliates and Iranian security officials decided to kidnap them in the middle of a casual hunting trip in Iraq, according to a new report from the Financial Times.
When asked to comment, Qatari officials denied the allegations and said the recent blockade is “founded on allegations that have no basis in fact.” The ransom payment has been described as directly funding regional and international terrorists.
Sources for the FT say $700 million went to Iranian figures and regional Shia militias, while $200 to $300 million went to Syrian Islamist groups, with the majority going to Tahir al-Sham, a group tied to al Qaeda.
Although the kidnapping happened back in 2015, the deal was not finalized until last April.
Gotta side with Qatar here. If you’re out with your homies hunting God-knows-what in the Iraqi desert and get abducted by some terrorists, you gotta be relying on your boys to bail you out. The bro code is international: If you get arrested after getting too rowdy in a bar, you expect your friends to bail you out.