We ask our partners to play an increased role in the fight against Daesh and then we sit on their request for US weapons, sometimes for years.”
The holdup for Qatar’s planes may stem from its support for Hamas as well as concern Qatar isn’t doing enough to curb money laundering and private financing of hard-line Islamist groups, Ken Katzman, Middle East analyst for the Congressional Research Service, said in an e-mail. He said US officials also are vexed that Qatar stopped its airstrikes against Islamic State after doing only a few in 2014.
Qatar’s request to buy a large number of the most sensitive and capable planes that the US produces is “a recipe for concern by the US and Israel,” Abu Al Afia said in an e-mail. “But the Kuwait delay is completely baffling. It’s a low-risk customer asking for a relatively low-risk product,” he said.
Qatar’s embassy in Washington said in a statement that the nation “is deeply