Qatar’s Support of Hamas and Jihadist Forces in the Middle East


emir-sheikh-hamad-bin-khalifa-al-thani-qatarQatar is unquestionably engaged in international terrorist financing, aiding Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, Jabhat al-Nusra, al-Qaeda affiliates, Libyan Islamists, and even ISIS, reports the Institute for Contemporary Affairs-Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

The key Qatari link to the Muslim Brotherhood has been Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, who broadcasts on Qatar’s Al-Jazeera.

Through the Muslim Brotherhood, Qatar has attempted to undermine Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. By buying influence with the Muslim Brotherhood network, Qatar hoped to be in a position to build its power base with the new Muslim Brotherhood regimes that it expected would emerge.

How Qatar Is Funding the Rise of Islamist Extremists

Radical Islamists stormed Libya’s capital, Tripoli, last month. The new overlords are allies of Ansar al-Sharia, a jihadist movement suspected of killing America’s ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens. Qatar has dispatched cargo planes laden with weapons to the victorious Islamist coalition.

Last December, the U.S. Treasury designated a Qatari academic and businessman, Abdul Rahman al-Nuaimi, as a “global terrorist.” The U.S. accused him of sending nearly 366,000 British pounds to “al-Qaeda’s representative in Syria,” named as Abu Khalid al-Suri.

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