In its Interim Report and April press conference, the Citizens’ Commission on Benghazi (CCB) outlined how the United Arab Emirates financed weapons shipments sent by Qatar to the Libyan al Qaeda-linked rebels during the uprising in 2011. “The weapons came from various weapons dealers, primarily in Eastern Europe, such as Croatia, places like Bulgaria, and so forth,” said former CIA officer and CCB member Clare Lopez at the briefing. “They were paid for by the UAE, United Arab Emirates, primarily. And they were shipped through Qatar as the logistics hub where they were all put onto ships and the ships went to Libya for the rebels.”
The CCB’s finding is further bolstered by a 2011 YouTube video from Russia Today, captioned as follows:
“Libyan officials say they have intercepted two boats from Qatar carrying a cache of weapons for rebel forces in the country. It’s said the load included about a hundred Belgian-made assault rifles, along with thousands of rounds of ammunition. So far, only the French admit to supplying weapons to Libyan anti-government forces. Brian Johnson-Thomas, a former arms trafficking expert for the UN Security Council, says it’s a dangerous violation of the arms embargo.”
“This YouTube video dates to mid-2011, the period of time when we know weapons of this sort were flowing into Libya from Qatar, through the NATO blockade,” noted Lopez. Although dated, the video recently re-surfaced and lends credibility to reports about the Qatari weapons supply.
Given that the weapons were flowing through the NATO blockade, this is an indication that the U.S. as well as NATO allies, were complicit in the arms shipments, as the CCB has earlier reported.