After Obama’s 100 Billion dollar gift to Iran, Qatar has followed paying off Iran ONE BILLION DOLLARS to get release of some of its royal family who were hunting ground squirrels in Iraq.
“They are just so cute, the little guys, then WHAM you pop them and their heads explode. It’s fantastic, better than beating your wife!” said one Qatari source.
“Yes One Billion is cheap, Obama paid 100 Billion for just Bergdhal.” said another anonymous source. An Iranian spokesperson was overhead saying “More solid gold toilets, and get that yacht full of bikini bitches, what good is having a yacht without bitches!”. A photo of the Iranians smoking cigars with $100 bills and laughing was quickly suppressed.
The details of the payoff: “around $700m was paid both to Iranian figures and the regional Shia militias they support, according to regional government officials. They added that $200m to $300m went to Islamist groups in Syria, most of that to Tahrir al-Sham, a group with links to al-Qaeda.”
A regional Arab official said the total paid to jihadi groups was closer to $300m. “So, if you add that up to the other $700m they paid to Iran and its proxies, that means Qatar actually spent about a billion dollars on this crazy deal,” he said.
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The Iraqi Shia militia commanders in Iraq, all from hardline Iranian-backed groups, said that, to their knowledge, Iran had obtained around $400m after giving them a payment they would not disclose. They agreed to share some details because they were unhappy about their share of the payment.
“They [the Iranians] took the lion’s share,” said a member of one of the Iranian-backed Shia militias in Iraq. “That’s caused some of us to be frustrated, because that was not the deal.”
The “ransom payments are the straw that broke the camel’s back,” said one Gulf observer.
Not to be confused with the Obama administration secretly airlifting crates full of $1.7 billion in cash to Tehran to release five US hostages held by Iran, the FT writes that commanders of militant groups and government officials in the region told the Financial Times that “Doha spent the money in a transaction that secured the release of 26 members of a Qatari hunting party in southern Iraq and about 50 militants captured by jihadis in Syria.”