Al-Qaeda-Allied Qatar Buys into Europe’s Busiest Airport

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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London’s Heathrow Airport is the busiest airport in the European Union with 70 million passengers passing through its corridors. It is busier than France’s Charles de Gaulle Airport and Spain’s Madrid-Barajas Airport. It has more than three times the traffic of New York’s JFK Airport and receives flights from around the world. Heathrow’s operator, BAA Limited operates multiple airports in the UK, including two in London and two in Scotland. And the Qatari monarchy has just bought a fifth of BAA.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of September 11, was a former employee of the Qatari government. Mohammed had coordinated a mass air bombing plot with his nephew, Ramzi Yousef, who had been behind the original World Trade Center attack, and had wired him money from Qatar for the World Trade Center bombing.

The 9/11 Commission Report states that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was able to evade capture after the World Trade Center bombing due to the intervention of a prominent Qatari official, widely believed to be Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family, and the Minister for Islamic Affairs at the time. Presently Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani is Qatar’s Minister of the Interior.

By aiding Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Sheikh Al-Thani allowed him to continue plotting attacks against the United States and that led directly to September 11. It was Sheikh Al-Thani who had encouraged Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to move from Pakistan to Qatar. And from Qatar, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was able to engage in terrorist plots while officially working for the Qatari government.

Qatari links to Al-Qaeda have been one of the worst kept secrets in the region. Members of the Al-Thani royal family have aided Al-Qaeda and there are reports that Jihadists even had their own training camp in Qatar. A report by a former intelligence officer stated that Bin Laden was hosted by Sheikh Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani before the Khobar Towers bombing that killed 19 Americans.

The Qatari government has reportedly been sending millions of dollars to Al-Qaeda every year and Wikileaks cables from the US embassy in Doha, the Qatari capital, revealed that US officials knew of a Qatari link to September 11 and described Qatar as the “worst” on regional counterterrorism—which is a truly horrible assessment when you consider that Qatar was being compared to the likes of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait.

Al-Jazeera, the Al-Thani clan’s pet propaganda network, has been the destination of choice for Bin Laden videos. Bin Laden’s first statement, five days after September 11, was broadcast by Al-Jazeera, indicating a fairly quick turnaround time. The Bin Laden tapes gave Al-Jazeera a great deal of prominence even as the network was overseen by Sheikh Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani, Qatar’s Minister of Information.

In light of all that, Qatar’s buy of a fifth of BAA which controls six airports and which formerly managed four American airports, including Baltimore-Washington International Airport  and Logan International Airport, which was the departure point of choice for two of the 9/11 planes, giving it extensive inside knowledge of their operations, is extremely troubling. Qatar does not yet have a majority stake, but it has bought a sizable portion of the majority shareholder’s stake in BAA, which, if previous patterns hold, it will likely expand on.

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  • sss

    I'm sorry to say this but your article is full of it

    Theres never been an interior minister named abdulla bin khaled, its abdulla bin nasser

    abdulla bin nasser is relatively new, he's been the minister for only a couple of years

    also qatar is america's strongest ally in the arabian gulf, what are you talking about?

    Just ebcause qatar's being a mediator doesnt mean that its supports al qaeda's actions!

    Please when writting an article next time try to be unbiased

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      sss, I see that you didn't dispute that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a former employee of the Qatari government.

      The UK is going down the tubes, the toilet, "loo" for you brits.
      http://www.boycottscotland.com

      • GMitchell

        It also isn’t being disputed that he is a man or an individual of Arab descent. Neither of which suggests a relationship to Al Qaida.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Feel free to inform every major news organization of this fact. Also please inform the Qatari government as their website is under the impression that His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah Bin Khalid Al-Thani is their Interior Minister.
      http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/english/aboutmoi/MOI_M

      I urge you to take up this misunderstanding with the Qatari government.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The Arabic Qatari government site for the Ministry lists the same thing
      http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/arabic/aboutmoi/MOI_Mi

      Abdullah bin Nasser is listed as the Minister of State for Internal Affairs
      http://www.moi.gov.qa/site/arabic/aboutmoi/State_

    • Kufar Dawg

      A lie a day is the prophet's way eh Hassan?

    • RUI

      "this but your article is full of it ". By "it" you must mean "verified facts".
      And then we could also argue your "[j]ust ebcause qatar's being a mediator doesnt mean that its supports al qaeda's actions!" by saying "it doesn't mean they don't support it either."
      In fact it is very consistent with their attitude at playing good cop / bad cop on the West, dumping their garbage on our countries and buying our property from less scrupulous politicians and business mice who would sell their mothers for a line of coke and a hand job.

    • Gabriel
  • Anthony

    I am saddened by this report. Though I really despise the Briitish for a number of reasons, and i pity them, they are well deserving of their lot nonetheless.

    While Moslems salivate at the idea of the Big Ben being turned into a mosque, the degenerate royal family remains sIlent at the criminality of the government in importing vandals and imposing dictatorial state rule.

    Meanwhile, while the “UK” is reminiscent of a tired lady of the night selling her stuff for a quid, or a pound or two, their prince, Prince Harry was photographed cavorting naked with women he called up to his VIP suite in Las Vegas for a high class game of strip pool.

    Disgusting. While his country is collapsing, and moslems are terrorizing the royal subjects endlessly, Prince Harry shows just how a debauched one can be no matter how privleged, no matter if educated at the finest schools, no matter if raised in a castle, immorality and decadence and the lowest common denominator is there beneath the surface in a life without proper respect for God, tradition, culture.

    Want to peek inside the soul of Britain today? View the three hour horror show called the Olympic opening ceremony.

    So, there you have it. Mr. Greenfield should view the soon to be fall of Britain as the inevitable collapse of a people who richly deserve their fate.

    • MikeWood

      Anthony, you make a lot of valid points about the state of British society today. As you say, look at the Olympic opening ceremony to see how official Britain perceives itself and what it thinks we should be proud of. Please avoid over-generalising though. There are a lot of people both disgusted with what Britain has become and doing all they can to wake the silly bastards from their slumber.

    • Sunbeam

      Poor thing, they just stand by and did nothing. How big will the fall be, one wonders. And it's so very easy for those radicals taking over just like that. I've never seen or read anything like this happen in history in all my entire life. My goodness.

    • Kufar Dawg

      I don't blame the citizens of the UK, I blame their corrupt government officials, ditto for the USA, Canada, AUS etc.

  • Jerry

    The people of America also sleep, and we shall share the same fate as the British. I fear John Daniels new book, 'THE COMING: A TRUE STORY OF HORROR' @ amazon.com is less a work of fiction than a vision of our future .http://www.amazon.com/The-Coming-True-Story-Horror/dp/1469955652/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345553504&sr=8-1&keywords=the+coming+a+true+story+of+horror

  • Eamonn Gavin

    It's over to you, Israel. You are fast becoming the ONLY hope for the future of Western civilization as we know it. Do I hear somebody mention the United States? Well, yes – until Obama came along ………………. Éamonn, Dublin.

  • Nehama, UK

    How long before Aberdeen in Scotland, the main hub of North Sea Oil and the British oil industry, is renamed Abu Deen?

  • Rev. Roy Trepanier

    Britain signed her own doom when she caved to Muslim pressure and gave Israel only 10% of the original Mandate under the League of Nations. Gen.12:3, Gen. 27:29 and Numbers 24:9 all declare the same blessing/warning…"I will bless those that bless thee (Israel) and I will CURSE those who curse thee" !!! The British decline since that time, from "Brittania Rules the Waves" to "The Sun never Sets on the British Empire" is amply highlighted by recent history. "Great" Britain is just a shadow of the world power she used to be only 60-70 years ( a generation) ago. _Scripture speaks LOUDLY to the fate of those individuals and nations who mess with the "Apple of God's eye". They do so at their own peril. Thus saeth the Lord.."I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. There I will enter into judgment against them concerning my inheritance, my people Israel, for they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land"..Joel 3:2__Joshua 24:15.."And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve

  • Katharina Sri

    Mr. Greenfield is a true journalist unlike the lying hypocrites and cowards in most mainstream media – Amen for that! The greedy War Criminal Cameron's REGIME is evil – beyond understanding, like the Obama's REGIME; and Cameron is betraying of the great Churchill/his British soldiers, who saved the world with the brave and true American soldiers and leaders from the Nazis (Asia would still be under the beheading-loving Japanese Imperial Army if not for the brave British/US soldiers)! Now instead, these brave Western soldiers are being used like mere killing machines (instead as defenders of true justice and Western democracy such as in Churchill's era) – to fight on behalf of the Saudi/Qatar-royals and Obama/Cameron/Germany/Turkey's REGIMES sponsored Muslim Brotherhood-led Arabic Jihadist terrorism cause in international War Crimes/Crimes against Humanity to rob, commit Genocide and Arabicizing-Islamicizing non-Arabs/non-Muslims in OIL/LAND/MINERAL RICH non-Arab African Libya, Algeria, Mali, Nigeria and Kenya, and Mid-East Egypt, Morocco, Tunisia and soon to be Syria and Lebanon! What I don't understand is what is happening to the British activism against such neo-Nazi evilness and injustice including under their own British Cameron's REGIME that allows Britain to be bought by these Arabic most brutal Capitalist War Criminals? It shows what hypocrites and cowards the Occupy Movement actually is!

  • Ghostwriter

    I've got the feeling that the British are going to regret this.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Isn't it a little too late for regrets?

  • billyzand

    Wow, quite the collection of looney tunes gathering at this watering hole. Did any of you care that airport security at all the airports used by 9/11 bombers was handled by an Israeli firm??