Wikileaks: Crown Prince of UAE asked Americans to bomb Al Jazeera headquarters

A Qatari employee of Al Jazeera Arabic language TV news channel walks past the logo of Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatar. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

A Qatari employee of Al Jazeera Arabic language TV news channel walks past the logo of Al Jazeera in Doha, Qatar. (AP/Kamran Jebreili)

The Crown Prince of the UAE Mohamed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan asked the Americans to bomb the headquarters of Al Jazeera during the US war on Afghanistan, Arabi21.com revealed yesterday.

According to the document bin Zayed spoke about a meeting between his father and the former Qatari Emir Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

The same document also revealed that Bin Zayed had advised the Americans not to have journalists accompany them during the first attack on Afghanistan so they could not report civilian victims.

In addition, the document revealed a meeting between bin Zayed and the US diplomat Richard Haas two months before the war on Iraq. Bin Zayed offered information to the Americans about Iraq and how to contain the anger people in the Arab world felt about this war.

The document revealed that bin Zayed called on the Americans to put more pressure on Qatar to rein in Al Jazeera’s coverage.

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