ABU DHABI Ñ Qatar's ruling family has decided to increase direct
supervision over the military in wake of an attempted coup last year.
Qatari Emir Hamad Bin Khalifa Al Thani has appointed his son, Crown
Prince Tamim Bin Hamad, deputy chief of the armed forces. The emir issued
the appointment by a royal decree, the official Qatari news agency said on
Tamim, who is in his twenties, was named crown prince in August after
the abdication of his older brother, Jassem, Middle East Newsline reported. The appointment placed Tamim as
heir apparent to the throne and the most powerful among the emir's sons.
Gulf diplomatic sources said the appointment was part of a reshuffle of
the military and security forces begun earlier this year. The reshuffle was
decided after Qatar and the United States foiled a coup by mid-level
Qatari army officers in 2002 who opposed the U.S. military presence in the
Qatar has undergone several bloodless coups in its history. Jassem was
said to have been deemed as insufficiently motivated to rule the emirate.
Qatar does not have a defense minister, but the sources said Tamim might
eventually assume the post. The emir has assumed the role of chief of the