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Qatar Uses its Mouthpiece Aljazeera to Give Al-Qaeda Terrorist Platform

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Marwa Mashaly

Mon, 05 Aug 2019 17:51 GMT

Very obvious proof that the Qatari regime supports terrorism surfaced today. Its media arm, Al Jazeera network, published a video of a known member of al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front in Syria criticising Saudi Arabia. However, shortly after receiving vigorous backlash from social media users, the network funded by the Doha ruler deleted the video.

On its Twitter account, Al Jazeera broadcasted on Sunday August 4th, a video of a known member of Qaeda’s Musleh Ulyani, describing him as a “blogger”.

In his video, the terrorist Ulyani criticised Saudi authorities during the pilgrimage season. But after the video received instant backlash from Twitter users in the Middle East, the Qatari network deleted the tweet including the video.

Social media users consider that Al Jazeera was deliberately trying to provoke unrest in the neighbouring countries. The new move was directed at Saudi authorities, and their efforts to serve and facilitate guests coming to perform Hajj.

The deleted video of Ulyani, who has been located in Syria since 2013, was a part of an episode entitled “Why Jeddah” on his YouTube programme “Ala Win” (Heading to Where).

In the video, he is seen wearing “Ihram”, pilgrim clothing, while delivering a critical speech about Saudi Arabia’s tourist campaign “Come to Jeddah”, which has been promoting the recent entertainment festivals taking place in the city.

The backlash to Ulyani’s video came fast and severe through Twitter and other social platforms. Many users described the video as “anti-social reforms which the Kingdom implemented in recent years.” They also described the video as a message delivered by “a known terrorist who supported extremist groups in Syria”. Other users stated, “Al Jazeera spreading the extreme ideology”.

The hash tag “Al Jazeera described a terrorist as a blogger” was a trend on social media networks on Sunday, which attracted many of the Saudi social media figures to comment on the incident.

The prominent Saudi media and writer, Salman Al-Dosari, in response to Al Jazeera channel tweet wrote, “When terrorism is supported in public... Promotion becomes its only art “, referring to Qatar and its TV network. “Surely you will portray the terrorist as a blogger. And the traitor as an activist,” addressing Al Jazeera, Al Dosari said.

Abdullah Al Bandar, a Saudi anchor, and blogger called on Twitter and YouTube to remove Ulyani’s content from their platforms, both of which he uses to publish his videos. “I want to bring to your attention the fact that al Qaeda member is using your platform to spread propaganda under the guise of social commentary. I want to reiterate: al Qaeda member.” Al Bandar said addressing the Twitter and YouTube administrations.

Musleh Ulyani is a former member of the Saudi “Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice”. He was the Imam of one of the mosques in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia. He is originally from the south of Saudi Arabia, he spent most of his life in Riyadh. He studied in the Al-Imam Muhammad ibn Saud University. He travelled from Saudi Arabia to Syria to join al Qaeda affiliates.

The Investigation Project on Terrorism (IPT) has linked Ulyani’s name with al Fateh Army and Al Nusra Front in Syria from 2013, and with his friend the former Saudi scholar Abdullah al-Muhaysini, who relocated to Qatar in 2012 before travelling to Syria to join al Qaeda’s affiliates. IPT reported that the two Saudi scholars cooperated with the son of al-Qaeda's founder Osama bin Laden, Hamza bin Laden in Syria.

Ulyani is using social platforms like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter under the pretext of a reformer, to press religious speeches and preaches, but actually he is urging for stirring “sedition in Saudi Arabia”, using his broadcast to mobilise and recruit foreign Jihadists in Syria to join of al-Qaeda’s al-Nusra Front and al Fateh Army in Syria. Furthermore, he calls for defaming all countries involved in airstrikes that fight Isis and extremist groups.


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