Qatar is currently under the worst crisis in the region which also puts the nation’s biggest stage to showcase itself, 2022 FIFA World Cup. Qatar is being targeted by the four Arab states who accuse Doha of supporting terrorism, and for having close ties with Iran.
It should be noted that in the House of Commons in March, a study showed how Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) was interfering in the affairs of 14 Muslim nations in the Middle East, ranging from low-level spying and terrorist operations to full-scale military campaigns. Many of those countries are now venting their anger on Qatar, which possibly had nothing to do with all those acts.
Prepared by the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) and the European Iraqi Freedom Association (EIFA), the study established that the IRGC is directly involved in Iran’s ongoing infiltration of Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, where the IRGC has considerable military presence.
In Iraq, an IRGC-led campaign against Daesh was exploited to carry out a genocidal expulsion of Sunnis living in areas essential to the creation of a Shia Crescent from Tehran to Beirut. Ancient Iraqi Sunni cities like Ramadi, Fallujah and Mosul have been laid to waste, with tens of thousands of Sunnis displaced or slaughtered.
The report also highlighted the Iranian regime’s backing for the Houthi rebels in Yemen, which is now involved in a war against Saudi-led Arab coalition attempting to restore the legitimate government.
Saudi-led bloc imposed a siege on Qatar, probably for its relationship with Tehran too. It all started after Trump’s first foreign visited as President to Riyadh, during which he addressed 55 Arab and Islamic nation leaders, and described Iran as the world’s leading state for sponsoring terrorism and called for action.
Following his visit, the Saudi-led bloc announced a diplomatic and trade embargo on Qatar. The hacking of Qatar News Agency was also one of the causes for the crisis.