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Monday, October 20, 2014

US "ally" Qatar funds terrorism

As We Look The Other Way

(The Telegraph)  -  Qatar is the richest country in the world per capita - and has made significant investments into various iconic London landmarks.
Its sovereign wealth fund owns Knightsbridge department store Harrods and its property arm has invested substantially in the development of Chelsea Barracks. It also owns the Shard - currently the tallest building in the EU.
However, it has also played a significant role in funding groups across the Middle East who are extremely hostile to the West.
It has been providing arms to a group of radical Islamists called "Libya Dawn", whose allies, Ansar al-Sharia, were responsible for killing US Ambassador Christopher Stevens in an attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi in 2011 reports the Telegraph.
It has also been funding a Syrian rebel faction called Ahrar al-Sham, a jihadist group who fought alongside Islamic State for control of the city of Raqqa. Although the groups have since split, the Syrian city has become an Isil stronghold, in which several Western hostages are believed to have been held.

Harrods shoppers 'are buying into terror’

Customers of Harrods are being urged to boycott the department store in a symbolic protest against its Qatari owners.

Qatar, which bought Harrods in 2010, has been accused of either directly funding terrorist groups or turning a blind eye to financiers operating out of the Gulf state.

It is now facing a backlash from protesters sickened by the executions of Western hostages in Syria and the violence wreaked on the region by the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), al-Qaeda and other offshoot terror groups.

Harrods was sold by Mohamed Al Fayed, its previous owner, to Qatar Holdings, part of the Qatar Investment Authority, the state’s sovereign wealth fund, in May 2010 for a reported £1.5 billion. The sale was concluded by Qatar’s then prime minister Hamad bin Jassim bin Jaber al Thani, who was also chief executive of the wealth fund.

Under his rule, Qatar also owns or co-owns a number of other landmarks including the Shard, Europe’s tallest skyscraper, as well as large stakes in some major UK businesses.

Now Harrods is facing a boycott as a consequence of criticism of Qatar’s links to Islamist terrorists.

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Al-Qaeda terror financier worked 

for Qatari government

An al-Qaeda money man was employed by the Qatari government despite being officially designated a terrorist by the US.

Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari channelled hundreds of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda through a terrorist network while working in the Gulf state’s Ministry of Interior.
The disclosure will add to the pressure being heaped on Qatar to do more to stop the financing of Islamist terrorists across the Middle East, as well as in Pakistan, Afghanistan and North Africa.
Qatar has been accused of either directly funding terrorist groups or turning a blind eye to financiers based there.
American sources have suggested Qatar, the world’s wealthiest country per head of population, has overtaken Saudi Arabia as the leading source of private donations to the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (Isil), as well as to al-Qaeda. 
According to official US Treasury documents, Kuwari, 37, provided “financial and logistical support to al-Qaeda”.
The US alleges he was integral to a network running al-Qaeda’s “core pipeline” for moving money and operatives between the Middle East and south Asia.
The official terrorist designation against him goes on: “Based in Qatar, Kuwari has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in financial support to al-Qaeda and has provided funding for al-Qaeda operations, as well as to secure the release of al-Qaeda detainees in Iran and elsewhere.”

See more The Telegraph.


Wolfer said...

And Qatar own Al Jazeera so their influence in the media is premium.

Gary said...

You find the best articles in the foreign press that is not controlled by the U.S. corporate Elites.