Tunisia's 'Moderate Muslim Brotherhood' Leader Implicated in Assassination of Political Rival
A recent report by Sky News Arabia implicates Tunisian "moderate" Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi in a Qatar-funded assassination of one of his political rivals and vocal critics, Chokri Belaid, in February 2013:
The report claims that intelligence files finger al-Qaeda operatives working at the direction of Qatar as conducting the assassination, with the coordination and approval of Ghannouchi.
Belaid had uncovered evidence of Qatar's complicity in the Ain Amenas hostage killings in Algeria:
This will be particularly awkward for the Washington, D.C. foreign policy establishment and the former Obama administration, both of which openly promoted Ghannouchi and his Ennahda party in Tunisia as the model of "Islamist democracy":
Here's a translation of the Sky News Arabia report:
Qatar ... fingers tampering with the stability of the Arab Maghreb
Qatar intervenes in the Maghreb
Over the past few years, Qatar has focused itself on the affairs of most Arab countries through its support of militant groups. The Arab Maghreb countries have not succeeded in spreading Doha's policies of spreading chaos and harming Arab national security.
In Tunisia, for example, intelligence documents and information in 2014 showed that Qatar-funded organizations were behind the assassination of Tunisian trade union leader Chokri Belaid.
The accusation came to Doha after the Ain Amenas terrorist operation in Algeria carried out by the so-called AQIM and its support for other militant groups.
According to security and intelligence sources in reports reported by Tunisian newspapers at the time, the decision to assassinate Belaid was made after he announced that he had information and serious facts about the entry of suspicious parties to Tunisian and Algerian territory via Qatari drones equipped with advanced equipment of the kind granted by Doha to the Tunisian government.
The sources said that Belaid had secret and dangerous documents revealing the involvement of Qatar in the Ain Amenas incident in Algeria, which made Belgian parliamentarian Lawrence Lewis accuse Qatar of involvement in the assassination of Belaid.
Intelligence sources said that the main objective of the State of Qatar during that period was to create an atmosphere of chaos and insecurity in Algeria, as well as to get its hand on the countries of the Maghreb by supporting Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.
In the following months the town of Ghadames, located in the border desert triangle between Libya, Tunisia and Algeria, turned into a safe haven for al-Qaeda operatives as cells ready to carry out operations serving the Doha agenda in the region, benefiting from the state of security chaos in the region.
Qatar has also put its hand on the armed Libyan battalions. Abdul Hakim Belhadj, who was included in the Saudi-Egyptian-Bahraini-Emirati-Bahraini last statement on the terrorism list, receives direct support from the Qatari intelligence.
The FBI later arrested the terrorist Abu Anas al-Libi and admitted after questioning that the political assassinations that were taking place in Tunisia, the most important of which was the assassination of the politician Chokri Belaid, involved Abdul Hakim Belhadj, who was coordinating directly With Rachid Ghannouchi, head of the Tunisian Ennahda Movement. This coordination was with the knowledge of the Qataris.
The perpetrators of the kidnappings and killings (assassinating Chokri Belaid) were carried out by men from the battalion of commando leaders, most of whom were directly involved in the Ain Amenas incident in Algeria.
Those involved were in constant contact with the terrorist Haitham al-Tagouri, the right-hand man of Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who controlled the TEC men with the support of the Qatari intelligence service.
The Qatari intelligence arranged the matter with Haitham al-Tagouri and Abdel Hakim Belhadj, who ordered the task force, specifically Khaled al-Basir, to persuade the "Blood-Signers" Battalion, along with terrorist Mukhtar Belmokhtar, to carry out the operation in exchange for substantial financial support.
Thus, the process of Ain Amenas, whose preparation and implementation was vague, was brought back to the fore by the assassination of Chokri Belaid. Investigations uncovered widespread information in the European and American intelligence offices.