Gaddafi, extremist preacher discuss going after Saudi wealth, oil in leaked recording

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Former Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi and Kuwaiti hate preacher Hakem al-Mutairi are heard discussing going after Saudi Arabia’s wealth and oil, in an undated audio recording leaked by a Qatari opposition figure.

In this latest recording, which Al Arabiya English was unable to independently verify, Gaddafi reportedly encouraged al-Mutairi to use his political affiliations in Kuwait as “cover” with the ultimate goal being going after Saudi Arabia’s resources.

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Gaddafi tells to al-Mutairi: “Now that there is a war of iron and fire raging in Iraq, why don’t we capitalize on it? Why should Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, and Bahrain remain safe?”

The two also discussed al-Qaeda. Al-Mutairi reportedly told Gaddafi that al-Qaeda had a “just cause.”

Gaddafi, who led Libya from 1969 until he was overthrown and killed in 2011, promoted a revolutionary ideology and frequently claimed to want to overthrow other Arab leaders.

Al-Mutairi is the leader of the Kuwaiti Ummah Party, an unrecognized political party with conservative and allegedly extremist views. He was previously a founding member of Kuwait’s Salafi Movement and critical of the US and Saudi Arabia.

There has been at least one other recording in which Gaddafi was reportedly talking with al-Mutairi. In that recording, Gaddafi can be heard promising al-Mutairi "support" and calling for “radical change to the region.”

The new audio recording is the latest of several which were shared by Qatari opposition figure Khalid al-Hail on Twitter. Many of the audio clips feature Gaddafi reportedly talking to Qatari officials.

A recording between former emir of Qatar and Gaddafi was released in 2017, in which the two leaders attacked Saudi Arabia and the ruling family.

In another recording leaked from the same year, Gaddafi and the Qatari former prime minister can reportedly be heard discussing plans to carve up Saudi Arabia.

Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim did not deny the recording and said that the issue was discussed to appease Gaddafi.

In 2013, Sheikh Hamad handed over power to his son, current Emir Sheikh Tamim al-Thani. Hamad bin Jassim stepped down from his positions in government at the time and reportedly has strained relations with the current emir.

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