A Saudi guest on Sarah Damdhawi’s tafa’alkom program aired on al-Arabia TV on
04 August 2019 said that:
“Qatar killed Hamza bin Usama bin Laden as a gift to the U.S.”
A little background is in order here. Hamza, the son of Usama bin Laden was the
future of al-Qaeda. He was the sole figure on this planet whose pedigree and
family background could have made it possible to unite all terrorist groups, Sunni
and Shi’a, into one “terrorist superpower.”
As a result of Hamza’s potential as a terrorism Fuhrer (and Hamza’s personal
threat to avenge his father’s death at the hands of the U.S.), the U.S. had placed a
one million dollar reward on his head.
At this point one might ask, why would Qatar, one of the world’s top three state
sponsors of terrorism, snuff out one of their key assets as a gift to the Trump
The answer can be found in last week’s arms deal between Trump and the Emir of
Qatar. That was part of the price that Trump asked for in exchange for modern
weapons. The rest of the price was, of course, the billions of dollars that will go
into U.S. companies and the payrolls of U.S. workers.
A nice pre-election package. Money, and the elimination of Hamza bin Usama bin
Laden. A win win for Trump and the U.S. Right?
Not so fast.
Qatar has been playing this game for decades. With one hand they pretend to be
helping in the war on terror, while their other hand supports terrorism. This is a
prime example because their execution of Hamza bin Laden and their acceptance
of U.S. weapons will not whet their appetite for terrorist mischief elsewhere. Just
ask Syria, Somalia, Libya, Mali, and the rest of North Africa.
But the real victory that Qatar won is much more profound. They were willing to
eliminate an asset like Hamza bin Usama bin Laden not just as a door through
which they could obtain U.S. weapons, but because performing such a sacrifice
will continue to keep the U.S. and the rest of the West totally blind to Qatar’s long
These long term goals are much more dangerous and much more permanent that
anything Hamza bin Usama Bin Laden and his rag a tag band of jihadis could ever
Qatar is in this for the long haul. Taking a single rook off the chess board while
setting up a check-mate of your opponent’s king is a small price to pay.
This dangerous long-term game Qatar is playing will be revealed in tomorrow’s
Mideast intel update.
Barry Webb had a 25-year career as an Arabist for the NSA, holds two MA degrees
in related subject matter, and is the author of Confessions of an (ex) NSA spy: Why
America and its Allies are Losing the War on Terror. His website is:
www.barrywebbauthor.com He is currently a senior fellow with the DC-based
Americans for Intelligence Reform at www.intelreform.org