An interesting piece from France24 about alleged Qatari sponsorship of the rebellion in northern Mali.
Taken from here:The first accusations of Qatari involvement with Tuareg separatists and Islamist groups came in a June 2012 article in respected French weekly the Canard Enchainé.
In a piece title “Our friend Qatar is financing Mali’s Islamists”, the newspaper alleged that the oil-rich Gulf state was financing the separatists.
It quoted an unnamed source in French military intelligence saying: “The MNLA [secular Tuareg separatists], al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine and MUJAO [movement for unity and Jihad in West Africa] have all received cash from Doha.”
Is Qatar fuelling the crisis in north Mali? - MALI-QATAR - FRANCE 24
Recently the trend towards questioning Qatari foriegn investment has extended to the UK, with questions being raised in the media there about the level and type of investment Qatar is making in the country. It is undeniable that 'Qatar foudation' is sponsoring a lot of media. But its a good bet that western governments will be a bot more wary about what they allow Qatar to buy in the future if it is playing the same sort of double game against Europe that Pakistan played against the US. The attempt by Jihadists to draw a link between the recent Algeria siege and the conflict in Mali already joins the dots Qatar is laying down to direct attacks against westerners and western interests.