Mon Dec 05 14:27:30 SAST 2016

Extremists see 'Islamic State' for 2022 World Cup

Sapa-AFP | 2010-12-03 10:14:03.00 Comments
A girl celebrates at Souk Waqif in Doha December 2, 2010, after the announcement that Qatar will host the 2022 World Cup. Summer temperatures which can soar to above 50 degrees Celsius and a concern about lack of infrastructure did not deter FIFA on Thursday from awarding the 2022 World Cup to the tiny Gulf state of Qatar.

Extremists welcomed FIFA’s decision to have Qatar host the 2022 World Cup, predicting Al-Qaeda will establish an "Islamic State" in the Gulf region in the coming years, monitors said.

“You fools, know that Al-Qaeda is on the threshold of establishing the shariah (Islamic law) of Allah the Almighty,” a user who went by the name Hafeed al-Hussein posted on the Shumukh al-Islam online forum, according to the US-based SITE Intelligence Group.

“And who knows, Allah may empower al-Qaeda so that it takes control of matters after a year or two, or five years at most.

“In 2022, there is no country with the name Qatar, and there is no province called Kuwait and there is no Saudi (Arabia). Instead, there is an emirate called the Islamic State,” the post added.

After an agonising final day of presentations and furious lobbying in Zurich, FIFA head Sepp Blatter earlier announced Qatar as tournament hosts in 2022 — over the United States, Japan, South Korea and Australia — while Russia beat off competition from England, Spain/Portugal and Netherlands/Belgium to host the 2018 World Cup.

Another user predicted Qatar’s demise would come within seven years.

“By 2022, Qatar will not exist with permission from Allah. Instead, there will be the Islamic State of Qatar under the Islamic Caliphate established by Sheikh Osama bin Laden in 2017,” Juleibib al-Irhabi wrote.

One of his colleagues, Abu Yassin, predicted that insurgents in the Russian Caucasus — where attacks on officials have become daily occurrences as Russian authorities battle the fighters — would help spell Qatar’s downfall.

“In 2018, Russia will organise (the games) and the brothers in the emirate of the Caucasus, with permission from Allah, will make a case to cancel Qatar’s” games, he wrote.

A forum user who went by the name Huna al-Qaeda predicted 2022 “will be the first World Cup for the mujahideen, with permission from Allah.”

“We will win the cup and medals, and we will seize some heads of the cross and apostates. Maybe there will be captives,” the post added.

Another who called himself Abu Khubeib al-Khorasani said 2022 will be the “most exciting” World Cup final, predicting that Portuguese player Cristiano Ronaldo would be kidnapped and Al-Qaeda would win the tournament.

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