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Amount given to Gaza by Qatar in 2012 for “road build­ing” projects Per­cent­age of global nat­u­ral gas sup­ply con­trolled by Qatar Es­ti­mated value of Qatar In­vest­ment Au­thor­ity’s UK as­sets Amount paid by Qatar’s state fund for Har­rods de­part­ment store State, a blood­thirsty col­lec­tive that has torn apart Iraq.

Qatar’s role as a sup­porter of rebel move­ments is all the more re­mark­able given the US’s war on ter­ror, in place since the 9/11 atroc­i­ties in 2001, and the global ef­fort by the Amer­i­cans to im­pose sanc­tions on all those who deal with ter­ror­ist or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The rulers of Qatar won the con­fi­dence of Nato dur­ing the first Iraq war of 1999-2000, when Sad­dam Hus­sein in­vaded Kuwait, and in the Amer­i­can­led 2003 in­va­sion of the coun­try. On both oc­ca­sions, the West pre-po­si­tioned troops and mu­ni­tions in Qatar.

The Amer­i­cans still main­tain a pres­ence in the coun­try at the Al Udeid Air Base west of Doha.

The coun­try has also won friends in diplomatic cir­cles and among the Western pub­lic for the way in which its broad­caster, Al Jazeera, has es­tab­lished it­self as one of the few cred­i­ble news sources in Arab lands.

Through­out the re­cent con­flict, Qatar has stu­diously in­ter­viewed Is­raeli spokes­men, in­clud­ing cabi­net min­is­ters. Some neu­trals claim that it has given a more in­de­pen­dent view of events than the BBC.

The Gulf state’s reach into the heart of the Bri­tish es­tab­lish­ment was un­der­lined this year at the Royal As­cot. The Qataris spon­sored the most pres­ti­gious event in Bri­tish rac­ing through their in­vest­ment com­pany Qipo, and the Emir of Qatar ac­com­pa­nied the Queen as she made her way down the race­course to the Royal en­clo­sure on the first day of the meet­ing.

Qatar likes to see it­self as the cham­pion of the Arab un­der­dog. It was in this ca­pac­ity that it was one of the few Arab states to sup­port the deposed Mus­lim Broth­er­hood in Egypt and has fun­nelled fi­nan­cial sup­port to Ha­mas.

In 2012, the Emir’s fa­ther pro­vided $254 mil­lion in as­sis­tance to Gaza to sup­port road build­ing projects.

More re­cently, it has been re­ported that Qatar trans­ferred large sums to an Arab bank to pay the salaries of the 55,000 Ha­mas civil ser­vants who

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