According to various experts, the gulf state of Qatar has been financing terrorist groups that threaten America’s interests, as well as those of its associates. Qatar’s connection to terrorism has been well-established by various researchers, as it has continued to shelter and finance some of the world’s leading terrorist groups, regarded as such by the international community.
As reported by US web magazine The Federalist on August 15, the author said that " for years, Qatar has bankrolled and provided havens to terrorist groups that threaten America’s interests and its allies. Let’s call a spade a spade".
Qatar has therefore become a country that continues to support and sponsor terrorism. It is time for the US, and the rest of the world, to recognise the threat that Qatar imposes on the world, so as to be able to deal with it accordingly.
Qatar, with its huge wealth is able to play this role, to finance terrorism, as well as using its media arm, Al-Jazeera, to influence western audiences. In addition, Qatar, to serve its agenda has injected a lot of money into American education through its donation, as it gives more than $1.5 billion to leading American universities, such as the University of Michigan, the University of North Carolina, Northwestern, Texas A&M, and Cornell, to gain influence on the American people and its politicians, in a bid to make them turn a blind eye for its support for terrorism.
However, despite all these donations, Qatar openly shelters terrorists, which led to US President Donald Trump slamming Qatar for being a “high-level” sponsor of terror, and ratcheting up tensions in the region. Despite this, the US has continued to use Qatari money for spending on military and commercial equipment.
A report entitled "It’s Time To Officially Acknowledge That Qatar Is A State Sponsor of Terrorism," says that the US State Department should list Qatar among countries funding terrorism, regardless of its economic and military status, as it affects US interests in the region, due to its support for international terrorist groups such as Hamas, and others.
Qatar is a main funder for Hamas, which US has listed among terrorist groups, under the guise of providing them with humanitarian aid. Since 2012, Qatar has provided Hamas with more than $1.1 billion, as it does not consider it to be as a terrorist group. Qatar’s Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani has said in an interview with CNN, that Qatar supports all Palestinians, and Hamas is a very important part of Palestine.
It 2014 the US objected to Qatar sending funds to support the salaries of 44,000 Hamas employees. In 2016, Qatar again funded Hamas employees’ salaries, but Hamas’s senior leader, Ismail Haniyeh, wanted to use this money to fund the group’s military wing, the Ezz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades.
It was in 2011, when the Washington Times reported that Qatar was providing weapons and funding to Abdel-Hakim Belhadj, leader of the formerly US designated terrorist group, Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), and then leader of the conservative Al-Watan Party.
In December 2012, the New York Times accused the Qatari regime of funding the Al-Nusra Front, a US designated terrorist organisation. In January 2013, French politicians accused the Qatari Government of giving material support to jihadist groups in Mali. “Al Qaeda-linked Ansar Dine and Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa have all received cash from Doha," said the politicians.
And as Qatar has supported Hamas abroad, it has protected its members within its borders. Qatar has protected and harboured Khaled Meshaal, the former chief of Hamas’s political bureau, and one of Hamas’s most high-profile members since 2012.
Moreover, in 2015 the Qatari regime allowed Meshaal, to conduct a press conference at one of its most famous hotels. In 2017, he announced Hamas’ new charter within the Qatari borders. Qatar has openly allowed a major terrorist organisation to organise and campaign within its borders.
In March 2014, the then Iraqi prime minister, Nouri Al-Maliki, accused the Qatari government of sponsoring Sunni insurgents fighting against Iraqi soldiers in the western Anbar province.
Many Gulf and Arab countries such as Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and UAE, have severed ties with Qatar over accusations that the country is backing terrorism, aiming to cause chaos in these countries, as well as in other Arab and foreign countries.
Just as Qatar has provided support and funding for Hamas, it has done the same for other organisations classified as terrorist, either in the US, or elsewhere abroad. Despite being regarded as the inspiration for Hamas, and also named a terrorist group by Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, the Muslim Brotherhood has also received more than $1 billion from the Qatari regime in funding.