While Doha continues to deny it paid funds to terrorist organizations as part of the deal to release 28 Qataris, including members of the ruling family kidnapped in Iraq in 2015, messages leaked recently suggest otherwise.
Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim receives released kidnapped members of Qatar’s ruling family at the Doha airport in Doha on April 21, 2017. (File photo: Qatar News Agency via AP)
‘strengthening bilateral relations’
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Demand for ransom
The documents reveal a vague Qatari initiative with Iraq to “strengthen bilateral relations and ensure the safe release of the abductees.” (Photo courtesy: BBC)