End Times Watch 100
Qatar Tops Iran's List for Missile Strike
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100 - Qatar tops Iran's list for missile strike should war break out
ABU DHABI — End
times watch. Qatar has been informed that it would be the first target of an
Iranian missile strike.
A report by a
British diplomat said Doha has been told that it would be the first Gulf
Cooperation Council state to come under Iranian attack in any regional war. The
diplomat cited Qatar's hosting of the air operation command for U.S. Central
At the same
time, Qatar was said to have pledged to finance a major energy project in Iran.
officials said the Qatar National Bank would invest nearly $600 million to
develop Iran's Esfandiar offshore crude oil field.
"In addition to
their belief that Iran wants to dominate the region, the GCC states have
specific security concerns, including the safety of offshore oil and gas
installations: Qatar has been told it would be attacked first should it collude
in a U.S. attack on Iran," the report, "Iran: Breaking the Nuclear Deadlock,"
published by the London-based Chatam House, said other GCC states were concerned
over the Iranian threat. Author Richard Dalton, British former ambassador to
Teheran, said Gulf Arab countries fear Iranian destabilization through their
avoid a military clash with Iran in the Straits of Hormuz," the report said.
"Bahrain is nervous about possible Iranian irredentism.
and Saudi Arabia have concerns about Iranian influence amongst their own Shia
populations. The UAE [United Arab Emirates] retains a territorial dispute with
Iran over the islands of Abu Musa and the Tunbs."
The report said
Qatar and other GCC states would likely come under attack should Israel or the
United States seek to destroy Iran's nuclear facilities. Dalton said GCC states
have decided to embark on a policy of persuasion, containment and cooptation.
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"All the GCC
states remain very concerned about the possibility of a nuclear-armed Iran, and
have been seeking to prevent this by indirect signals, and by trying, with
increasing frustration, to persuade the EU [European Union] to involve them
seriously in attempts to engage Iran," the report said. "None of the above seem
to be effective, and the rulers are facing a stark dilemma. Yet, however worried
they may be, none wants a military solution — they feel too vulnerable to the
spillover, both from direct Iranian counterattack and through regional and
domestic destabilization." End times watch.
Iranian Offshore Oil Co. said Qatar would provide all of the funding for
Esfandiar, to be developed by a contractor from Malaysia.
Iranian regulations related to the finance of contracts in the oil industry, 85
percent of primary investment in finance projects should be provided by
investors," Hussein Jafari, financial director of the Iranian state-owned
company, said on Jan. 5. "But Qatar's National Bank is to provide 100 percent of
Qatar has not
confirmed the Iranian assertion regarding Esfandiar. The oil field is one of two
shared by Iran and Saudi Arabia. End times watch.
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