Qatar’s involvement in the world terrorism funding cannot be ignored anymore, is the general consensus of political think tanks and media.
Both Qatar and Iran surprisingly, are known for notorious use of money to fund terrorist factions and Iran has continued to fund militia worldwide with weaponry and related know how.
However, Qatar has played a sly game. It is very difficult to point a finger at it because of the whopping financials it has invested in its public image building efforts around the world. The Emir’s visit to US seemingly had no creases to it. But the background remains very murky. Qatar has been funding American academic research universities in the guise of creating a base for its own religious propaganda and terrorism led research, are issues that have been sidestepped.
Qatar seemed to have marred the truth for the Trump led administration by spending it’s tens of billions of dollars on American military and commercial equipment, as well as showing a generous spirit of hospitality in helping American troops being stationed in Doha. Trump has always held countries that spend millions on military equipment in high esteem. Maybe that is the reason that despite Qatar having evidently strong ties to Hamas (a U.S.-designated terrorist group) Trump has ignored this allegiance.
This group, it is said, avows Israel’s destruction. Qatar is, it is confirmed through various media reports, one of Hamas’s largest funders. Doha has provided the terrorist organization with more than $1.1 billion in resources since 2012. While Qatar often justifies it’s funding as humanitarian, owing to the fact the group has been designated as a terrorist faction, this explanation does not hold good.
Surprisingly, the same Emir that visited White House recently, does not consider the Hamas as a terrorist faction. It is surprising that Trump did not have anything to say to this act of retaliation, while he has been all arms against Iran.
In a recent television interview, Qatar’s emir openly refuted any thoughts of treating Hamas as a terrorist organization and in fact said that he supported Hamas. Emir Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani proclaimed, “Qatar supports ‘all Palestinian people. We believe Hamas is a very important part of the Palestinian people.’” Considering its support for Hamas, Qatar has often digressed from its supposed humanitarian cause, having explicitly funded the Hamas hierarchy. Qatar has continued to fund the Hamas regime, with or without noticing that much of the funding has reached the coffers of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades to promote war and terrorism.
Just as Qatar has provided safe-haven and funding for Hamas, it has done the same for other organizations classified as terrorist organizations either in America or abroad. Despite being regarded as the inspiration for Hamas—and named a terrorist group by Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE—the Muslim Brotherhood has received more than $1 billion from the Qatari government.
It is also confirmed that till date, Qatar has harbored 20 high-ranking members of the Afghani Taliban and sponsored Ahrar al-Sham, a Syrian, Salafist militia that has previously fought alongside the terrorist group Jabhat al-Nusrah. In 2017, Qatar also paid a whopping $360 million to free two hostages captured by Kata’ib Hezbollah—an Iranian Shi’ite terrorist organization notorious for ambushing American troops in Iraq. While these organizations are not directly affiliated to Hamas, a trend prevails: Qatar’s proactive support for terrorist groups. It is considered a tiny but rich Arab country which was excommunicated by neighbouring countries for the above mentioned terror funding activities. Till date, the embargo stands true. But Qatar continues to support Iran, Syria, and Libya in its efforts to fund terrorism quietly but steadily, from behind drawn curtains.