Hamas Funding News
Imad al Alami is set to replace current leader Ismail Haniyeh as political leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a founding member of the group, he has advanced Hamas’ agenda through the years by building longstanding relations with Iran, a major Hamas financier, and Turkey, a de facto Hamas headquarters.
Emails recently leaked by WikiLeaks suggest that U.S. authorities are fully aware of the extent of their long-standing Gulf partners’ double game – formally criminalizing terror financing while strategically sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups – and seem determined to deal with it primarily through soft power strategies.
As Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s forced departure signals, Turkey is transitioning towards a one-man-rule under the unchecked leadership of President Erdogan. Turkey’s military base in Qatar assumes an even stronger symbolic relevance now that Turkey is looking at its Arab neighbors – primarily Qatar – to reinforce its regional and international status.