According to a Saturday report by the Lebanese newspaper al-Akhbar, Qatari officers Fahd Saeed al-Hajiri and Faleh Bin Khalid al-Tamimi were behind the transfer of chemical substances to anti-Syria militants through Ankara.
The Qatari officers were later killed in a suspicious explosion in Somalia in May, the report said.
On March 19, over two dozen people were killed and many others injured when foreign-backed militants fired missiles containing a chemical substance into the Khan al-Assal region in the northwestern city of Aleppo, Syria’s official news agency SANA reported.
The new report by the Lebanese daily was based on information received from the security service of an unnamed country in the region. The details of the case had been handed over to the Russian intelligence agency (FSB), the report said.
The United States has claimed that the Syrian government has used chemical weapons against the militants and thus crossed Washington’s “red line,” while Damascus dismisses the allegations as mere “lies” and “fabrications.”
On May 5, the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on Syria said it found testimony from victims and medical staff that shows militants had used the nerve agent sarin in Syria.
Qatar's Sheikh Tamir: 33 year-old Emir groomed for power ~ link
Qatar's Emir to hand power to son, Crown Prince Tamim ~ link
Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who has ruled since overthrowing his father in 1995, convened relatives and advisers in the Qatari capital, Doha, on Monday to reveal plans for his departure.
Unusually, news of the conclave was reported by al-Jazeera TV, which is owned by the government and refrains from covering Qatari affairs. It added later that the emir had confirmed his decision to depart but gave no details. The 61-year-old is to address the nation on Tuesday.
Qatar has played a major role arming the rebels seeking to overthrow Syria's Bashar al-Assad, so the transition will be closely watched for signs of any policy shifts.
Qatar Emir to hand power to son ~ link ~ The tiny Gulf peninsula holds the world's third largest gas reserves and produces roughly 77 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year, making it the world's largest supplier.
It has major investments around the world, including in the French football club Paris Saint-Germain, in hotels, in a resort on the Italian island of Sardinia, as well as stakes in automobile company Volkswagen, energy giant Total and Britain's Barclays Bank.
The Gulf state also controls a powerful media empire through Al-Jazeera, the first pan-Arab satellite channel which has branched out into English, and earlier this year bought Current TV, a struggling US cable channel, in preparation for the launch of Al-Jazeera America.
Brazil protests: President Rousseff meets with activists ~ link ~ The powers that be in Brazil are desperate to cool things down and to survive the massive protests and not have them turn into a popular revolution against the large-scale corruption in the country. Stirling
In one of Monday's demonstrations, hundreds of people blocked the main road to Brazil's busiest port, Santos.
Brazil President fails to quell mass protests - with photos ~ link
Brazil Protests: In pictures ~ link ~ Could this lead to a South American Winter like the Arab Spring (it is winter in the Southern Hemisphere now)? Stirling
Stonehenge permanent road closure work begins - video ~ link ~ I thing that this is a positive thing, as the current roadway is too close to the historic site. Stirling