The nine individuals added to the Qatar-backed terror list

The nine individuals added to the Qatar-backed terror list. (Shutterstock)

Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt declare that in their firm and solid commitment to fight terrorism, cut off sources of funding, prosecute those who are involved in it, combat extremist ideologies and hate speech incubators; and in continuous assessment, the four countries have announced the designation of 9 entities and 9 individuals on the lists of terrorist groups, these are the individuals:

Khalid Saeed al-Bounein: Qatari

Khalid Saeed al-Bounein was a Doha-based fundraiser for terrorist militants in Syria, leading fundraising initiatives with UN and US sanctioned al-Qaeda facilitators Saad bin Saad al-Kabi and Abd al-Latif bin Abdullah al-Kuwari. Khalid al-Bounein served as a point of contact for the fundraising campaign in Qatar between 2012 and 2014.

In 2016, Khalid Saeed al-Bounein participated in a Qatar Charity delegation to Iraq that included Qatar Charity official and designated supporter of terrorist militants in Syria, Mohammed Jassim al-Sulaiti, who was designated in the list issued by the four countries calling for combating terrorism.

Saleh bin Ahmed al-Ghanim: Qatari

Qatari national Saleh bin Ahmed al-Ghanim worked with UN and US sanctioned al-Qaeda facilitator Saad bin Saad al-Kabi to raise funds for terrorist militants in Syria. In 2013, Saleh al-Ghanim participated in a Qatar-based fundraising event for terrorist militants in Syria alongside UN and US sanctioned al-Qaeda facilitators Khalifa Muhammad Turki al-Subaiy and Saad al-Kabi, and al-Qaeda supporters Abdul Aziz bin Khalifa al-Attiyah and Wagdy Ghoneim, who are sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism. Saleh al-Ghanim also solicited support for the fundraising campaign on social media. Saleh bin Ahmed al-Ghanim has used social media to express support for al-Qaeda and Usama bin Laden.

Saleh al-Ghanim was a founding member of the board of directors for the al-Rayyan Sports Club in Qatar, which was headed by Qatar’s former Interior Minister and terrorist supporter Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani (sanctioned in June 2017).

Shaqer Jummah al-Shahwani: Qatari

Qatari national Shaqer Jummah al-Shahwani was identified as a representative in Qatar for UN and US designated al-Qaeda facilitator Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi and his fundraising initiatives for terrorist militants in Syria. Shaqer al-Shahwani organized events for Hajjaj al-Ajmi in Qatar, where Hajjaj al-Ajmi encouraged followers to support terror in Syria. In 2013, Shaqer al-Shahwani was identified as a point of contact in Qatar for donations to terrorist fighters in Syria.

Shahwani is an accredited scholar of the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and has delivered lectures at state-run religious institutions. Shaqer al-Shahwani has held positions in and led projects for Qatari organizations Eid Charity, RAF Foundation and Qatar Charity, which are sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism.

Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali: Kuwaiti

Hamid Hamad al-Ali was sanctioned by the UN and the US government in 2014 for raising funds, recruiting and facilitating the travel of fighters looking to join al-Nusra Front in Syria. According to the UN, Hamid Hamad al-Ali attempted to mediate a reconciliation between the leaders of al-Nusra Front and Daesh (ISIS), and has traveled to Syria several times to meet with al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani and Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Hamid Hamad al-Ali referred to himself as an “al-Qaeda commando.”

Hamid Hamad al-Ali assisted al-Qaeda led fundraising campaigns in Qatar. In 2013, Hamid Hamad al-Ali solicited donations for terrorist militants in Syria alongside Qatari nationals Saad bin Saad al-Kabi and Abd al-Latif al-Kawari, UN and US sanctioned al Qaeda facilitators.

Also in 2013, Hamid Hamad al-Ali endorsed the Ansar al-Sham Campaign which raised funds in Qatar for the procurement of weapons, artillery and aid to terrorist militants in Syria. The Ansar al-Sham campaign solicited donations on social media from Qatar-based supporters for al-Nusra Front.

Hamid Hamad al-Ali supported deceased al-Qaeda leader Muhammad Yusuf Uthman Abd al-Salam (aka Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari) and his Jund al-Aqsa militia in Syria. Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari found refuge in Qatar after he fled Iraq around 2004, having been identified as a leader of al Qaeda in Iraq along with Abu Musab al Zarqawi. In Qatar, Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari was a financial and logistical facilitator for terrorist fighters in Iraq, according to a biography published by his supporters. Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari later moved to Syria to establish the US sanctioned Jund al-Aqsa militia.

Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi: Yemeni

In May 2016, Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi was detained by local Yemeni security forces for providing support to AQAP. AQAP condemned the arrest of al-Yazidi and advocated for his release.

Abdullah al-Yazidi is the President of al-Ihsan Charitable Society in Yemen (designated herein), a partner of US sanctioned AQAP charity Rahma Charitable Organization (also designated herein). In 2016, Qatar’s Eid Charity and Qatar Charity sponsored projects in Hadramout province in Yemen alongside al-Ihsan Charitable Society and Abdullah al-Yazidi, according to local media reporting on the projects.

Abdullah al-Yazidi was a member of AQAP’s Hadhrami Domestic Council while the group was in control of Mukalla, Yemen in 2015. In June 2017, the US government identified the Hadhrami Domestic Council as a “prox[y] or cover organization” established by AQAP to “help govern territories it controls, and to manage issues such as administration, economics, security, and building relationships with citizens” in Yemen. The Hadhrami Domestic Council was established by AQAP in Mukalla, Yemen in April 2015 after AQAP took control of the city that same month, and prior to Mukalla’s liberation by Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition forces in mid-2016.

Abdullah al-Yazidi is a founding member of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign, led by UN and US sanctioned Qatari al-Qaeda financier Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaimi and other sanctioned al-Qaeda facilitators.

Ahmed Ali Ahmed Baraoud: Yemeni

In May 2016, Ahmed Ali Ahmed Baraoud was detained by Yemeni security forces for providing support to AQAP. AQAP condemned the arrest of Ahmed Baraoud and advocated for his release.

Ahmed Baraoud was a manager of US sanctioned AQAP charity Rahma Charitable Organization (also designated herein). In February 2014, Qatar’s Eid Charity sponsored an event in Hadramout province that featured Ahmed Baraoud, according to local media coverage of the event. Baraoud worked in establishing a school in Hadramout.

Ahmed Baraoud was a member of AQAP’s Hadhrami Domestic Council while the group was in control of Mukalla in 2015. In June 2017, the US government identified the Hadhrami Domestic Council as a “proxy or cover organization” established by AQAP to “help govern territories it controls, and to manage issues such as administration, economics, security, and building relationships with citizens” in Yemen.

Mohammed Bakr al-Dabaa: Yemeni

Mohammed Bakr al-Dabaa is a senior official for the al-Ihsan Charitable Society (designated herein) in Hadramout province. In January 2016, Mohammed al-Dabaa inaugurated projects in Hadramout province sponsored by Qatar’s Eid Charity and Qatar Charity, alongside AQAP supporter Abdullah al-Yazidi (designated herein), according to local media reporting of the events.

In late 2015, Mohammed al-Dabaa worked with AQAP’s Hadhrami Domestic Council and its leadership to oversee projects and activities in Mukalla while the city was under AQAP control. In June 2017, the US government identified the Hadhrami Domestic Council as a “proxy or cover organization” established by AQAP to “help govern territories it controls, and to manage issues such as administration, economics, security, and building relationships with citizens” in Yemen.

Al-Saadi Abdullah Ibrahim Bukhazem: Libyan

Al-Saadi Abdullah Ibrahim Bukhazem (aka “Al-Saadi al-Nawfali”) is a founder and leader of the Benghazi Defense Brigades in Libya -- a terrorist militia designated by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017.

Al-Nawfali fought with al-Qaeda militants in Iraq before returning to Libya to serve as a commander in Ansar al-Sharia. Al-Nawfali was involved in a March 2017 attack by terrorist militants on Libyan oil facilities west of Benghazi. Al-Nawfali is an associate of al-Qaeda leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar. In 2015, Mokhtar Belmokhtar was targeted in a US airstrike near Benghazi at a gathering of Ansar al-Sharia and other militant leaders at a farm belonging to Al-Saadi al-Nawfali, according to regional media reporting.

Ahmed Abd al-Jaleel al-Hasnawi: Libyan

Ahmed Abd al-Jaleel al-Hasnawi is a militia leader in southern Libya. Hasnawi provided logistical support to terrorist organizations in the Sahel region, including al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Ansar al-Dine in Mali, according to the UN. In February 2017, Ahmed al-Hasnawi met with Benghazi Defense Brigades leaders, including Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi, to coordinate operations, according to the UN and reporting from Boshra News Agency.

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