Reports expose Qatar’s Al-Thani members’ involvement in supporting terrorism
Among the 59 individuals listed by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain and Egypt as Qatar-linked terrorist financiers, 18 were Qataris. Abdullah bin Khalid Al-Thani, a member of Qatar's ruling family, was also listed.
Intelligence reports from the US Treasury and the 9/11 commission report in the past have revealed that members of Qatar’s ruling family, the Al-Thanis, have been involved in the financing, sponsoring and harboring of senior al-Qaeda leaders for decades on its soil.
Al-Thanis and numerous Qatari citizens have used their influence and positions to fund and provide direct support to terrorist organizations, to embrace terrorists and to facilitate their movement among nations to serve their extremist agenda, according to intelligence reports by the US Treasury Department.
The most prominent of those involved were Abdullah bin Khalid bin Hamad al-Thani, Qatar’s former minister of religious endowments and interior affairs, who stands accused of harboring 100 militants at his ranch in Qatar, including fighters from Afghanistan. They were provided with passports to facilitate their movement across countries, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, according to the US 9/11 commision report. He also used his own money and funds from the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Awqaf in Qatar to finance leaders in al-Qaeda’s branches.
Abdul-Karim Al-Thani, another member of Qatar’s ruling family, operated a safe house in Qatar for al-Qaeda leader in Iraq (AQI) leader Abu Mosab al-Zarqawi during his transition from Afghanistan to Iraq in 2002. He also granted him a Qatari passport and a $1 million while setting up his organization in northern Iraq.
Qatari institutions, namely the Qatar Charity Association, have also been prominent sources of funding for al-Qaeda. The director of the Qatar Charity Association was a former member of al-Qaeda and facilitated the travel and funding of members of the organization through their transfer from Eritrea.
One of the leaders who were protected by Qatar is Ibrahim Ahmad Hikmat Shaker, a former employee of the Qatari Ministry of Awqaf who was involved in coordinating the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington. Ibrahim, who has been directly linked to two of the attackers, was arrested by the Qatari authorities. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reached out to the Qatari government to investigate him, but Doha quickly released him and returned him to his home country of Iraq.