Leaked documents from a UK-based defense contractor has revealed a Qatari proposal to the firm to counterfeit a plan to claim that Syria has given the go-ahead for the use of chemical weapons in the country. The document, which was allegedly hacked from the UK-based company Britam Defence’s website, disclosed Qatar’s proposal to the contractor in return for a large sum of money, Lebanese Al-Manar TV reported on Tuesday.
An email exchange between two senior officials at Britam suggested that the scheme was approved by Washington, explaining that Qatar would fund the militants in Syria to use chemical weapons.“We've got a new offer. It's about Syria again. Qataris propose an attractive deal and swear that the idea is approved by Washington,” a part of the leaked email read. According to the documents, Qatar also suggested smuggling chemical warheads and rockets from Libya to the Syrian city of Homs. Qatar apparently asked the British company to employ and film a Ukrainian person speaking and pretending to be Russian as part of “evidence” against Syria. The new development comes as the head of Syria's opposition coalition, Ahmed Moaz al-Khatib, recently announced that Qatar has pledged USD 20 million to the coalition. The recent scheme is devised at a time when the Syrian army forces have managed to clear the capital, Damascus and its surrounding areas of the militants and restore security to northwestern mountainous regions, including Idlib. The Syrian unrest began in March 2011, and many people, including large numbers of army and security personnel, have been killed ever since. The Syrian government says the chaos is being orchestrated from outside the country, and there are reports that a very large number of the militants are foreign nationals. Damascus blames the West and its regional allies Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey for supporting the armed groups. AO/PKH/HJL