Axis of evil: Qatar, Iran, Turkey interests beyond supporting terrorism

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Sun, 09 Jul 2017 - 03:23 GMT

Qatari flag - File photo

Qatari flag - File photo

CAIRO – 9 July 2017: Despite facing cutting ties with four Arab countries, Qatar insisted on its stance, forming Iranian-Turkish-Qatari alliance to support terrorism, ignoring economic and diplomatic losses.

Qatar currently aims to strengthen its efforts to protect the ruling family from opposition or any military interference, which led the tiny Gulf emirate to look for enhancing its relations with Iran and Turkey, to obtain military support.

These countries formed an alliance, which grew strongly last month, to serve their interests which are different from one another, that ultimately lead to harming the entire Arab region.

Starting with Iran, it is the most country that is getting benefit of this evil alliance, as it has previously attempted in various ways to interfere in the Gulf affairs, but failed after the formation of the Arab alliance.

However, following current crisis, Iran saw it as an opportunity to have a footing in the Gulf region, through the support of Qatar, as the Qatari Emir has opened his doors to Iran's Revolutionary Guard and was keen to advance mutual contacts.

Numerous telephone calls and consultations have been monitored following the crisis between both sides.

Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps has even stepped in to protect the Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani inside his palace, reported Al-Arabia earlier in June 2017.

The Qatari-Iranian cooperation was clearly shown earlier in 2010, when Iranian Defense Minister Ahmad Vahidi and Chief of Staff of the Qatari Armed Forces Hamad bin Ali Al-Attiyah signed the defense cooperation agreement. Also in 2015, Qatar signed a security and military agreement with Iran's Revolutionary Guards, who were granted the right to train the Qatari army.

The two countries are exchanging interests beyond their support for terrorism, Qatar seeks Iranian protection, and Iran is looking for chances to enter the Gulf.
Turkey values the alliance differently, as it focuses on economic benefits from Qatar, in exchange of sending Turkish military base to Qatar. Both countries are sharing strong trade ties.

Turkey has sent products to Qatar few days after cutting ties with Gulf neighbors as the country faced a shortage of fresh produce, subliminally messaging that Qatar is not alone.

The three countries have showed support for Islamist groups, such as the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood.

Qatar’s relations with several Arab and Gulf States have been strained since May 24, when the Qatari state-run news agency reported Sheikh Tamim bin Hammad Al-Thani’s statements regarding Gulf foreign policy with Iran, as “unwise.”

On June 5, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen decided to cut all diplomatic ties with Qatar, hurling allegations that the state supports terrorism. Ports and airspace were cut off to Qatari vessels.

The tiny Gulf state was accused of involvement in funding terrorist groups, which launched attacks killing thousands of Egyptian armed and police forces over the past few years, since the ouster of the President Mohamed Morsi in 2013.

This is how Qatar responded to the Arab demands of giving up terrorism support throughout the week:

July 7: 26 Egyptian soldiers including one colonel were killed and injured in a suicide bomb attack on an army checkpoint in North Sinai.

July 6: A checkpoint in Al-Ayyat district, Giza, was attacked, leaving a conscript and a civilian wounded.

July 5: Two police officers and one conscript were killed in a terrorist attack targeting their checkpoint.

July 4: A policeman was killed and three others wounded in a bombing in Saudi, Qatif province.

June 1: Three people, including a police officer, were also killed in bombings in Qatif.

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