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Know the ruling Qatari family member who supported al-Qaeda

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The list of terrorism issued by Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt and Bahrain included the name of Abdullah bin Khalid al-Thani, a member of the Qatari ruling family, who has been listed for providing help and sanctuary to al-Qaeda leaders since the 1990s.

He is the man who harbored the mastermind of September 11 attacks Khalid Sheikh Mohammed in his home, and gave him a job at the Qatar General Electricity and Water Corporation.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed transferred funds to al-Qaeda operatives to plot attacks against the United States, including Ramzi Yousef, the conspirator of the World Trade Center attack. This happened during his stay in Qatar between 1992 and 1996.

Abdullah bin Khalid al-Thani continued to occupy prestigious positions in the Government of Qatar in addition to hosting and protecting al-Qaeda terrorists such as Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and others. He also handled the Interior and the Awqaf ministries at times.

Abdullah bin Khalid al-Thani travels aboard a private jet provided by the Qatari government in 2014. Rumored reports about his house arrest are false.

Al-Thani’s personal and close associate, Abdul Rahim Ahmad Al-Haram, a Qatari citizen, has also been included in the joint statement.

Al-Haram is still in contact with senior Qatari government officials on behalf of Abdullah bin Khalid Al-Thani.