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The nine entities added to the Qatar-backed terror list

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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 entities:

Al-Balagh Charitable Foundation: Yemen

As of 2014, the al-Balagh Charitable Foundation in Hadramout, Yemen was led by Ahmed Ali Baraoud; Baraoud was also a manager of AQAP’s Rahma Charitable Organization, which was sanctioned by the US government in December 2016. In 2014, Qatar’s Eid Charity sponsored an Al-Balagh Charitable Foundation event in Hadramout Province, according to local reporting of the event.

Al-Ihsan Charitable Society: Yemen

AQAP supporter Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi is the president of the Yemeni al-Ihsan Charitable Society. Al-Ihsan Charitable Society jointly hosts events in Yemen with AQAP’s Rahma Charitable Organization.

As of June 2017, Qatar’s Eid Charity and Qatar Charity funded projects in Yemen executed by al-Ihsan Charitable Society, according to reports published by the Yemeni charity. As of July 2017, al-Ihsan Charitable Society identified Qatar-based RAF Foundation, Eid Charity and Qatar Charity as their “partners in development” on its official website.

Qatar Charity initiatives in Yemen are overseen by Nasr Qaed al-Zaeem, who has served as the Director of Qatar Charity operations in Yemen since mid-2015.

Rahma Charitable Organization: Yemen

As of June 2017, Rahma Charitable Organization was a partner of the al-Ihsan Charitable Society (designated herein), which has implemented projects in Yemen with support from several Qatari charities, including the RAF Foundation, Eid Charity and Qatar Charity.

Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council: Libya

The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (“BRSC”) was formed in eastern Libya in mid-2014 as a coalition of terrorist militias that included the UN and US sanctioned Ansar al-Sharia Benghazi and the Rafallah Sahati Brigade (designated herein).

Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi -- a key recipient of Qatari financial and military support during the Libyan revolution and a commander of the Benghazi Defense Brigades -- is a commander in the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council. Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi is designated by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017.

Ansar al-Sharia leader Mohammed Ali al-Zahawi (now deceased) was also a leader of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council until his death in January 2015. Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council commander Mohammed Saeed al-Darsi was convicted in Jordan in 2007 for coordinating a series of failed al-Qaeda suicide attacks against Amman’s airport and other civilian targets in Jordan.

In 2015 and until early 2016, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council fought alongside the Libyan branch of Daesh (ISIS), according to the United Nations and statements by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council’s leadership.

Al-Saraya Media Center: Libya

Al-Saraya Media Center is the media wing of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (designated herein). The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council uses al-Saraya Media Center to publicize operations of the group and promote its extremist agenda.

Twitter and Facebook have suspended the accounts of al-Saraya Media Center.

Boshra News Agency: Libya

Boshra News Agency is the official media outlet of the Benghazi Defense Brigades in Libya -- a terrorist militia designated by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017. Boshra News Agency published the founding statement of Benghazi Defense Brigades that featured Benghazi Defense Brigades leader Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi, a key recipient of Qatari financial and military support in Libya.

In July 2016, the Benghazi Defense Brigades used Boshra News Agency to take credit for its attack on a military helicopter outside Benghazi that resulted in the death of French military personnel, and to issue follow on threats against France for its involvement in Libya.

In March 2017, Al-Jazeera jointly covered a Benghazi Defense Brigades press conference alongside Boshra News Agency.

Rafallah Sahati Brigade: Libya

The Rafallah Sahati Brigade is a terrorist militia previously led by Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi -- a leader of the Benghazi Defense Brigades and key recipient of Qatari support in Libya. Rafallah Sahati is a member of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (designated herein). Mohammed Ali al-Zahawi, the deceased leader of al-Qaeda’s Ansar al-Sharia Benghazi, was a commander of the Rafallah Sahati Brigade.

Nabaa TV: Libya

Nabaa TV is a Libyan media outlet controlled by Abd al-Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of al-Qaeda’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who is sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017. During the Libyan uprisings in 2011, Abd al-Hakim Belhaj commanded the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, a Libyan militia armed and trained by Qatari Special Forces units in western Libya.

Nabaa TV is used by Belhaj and his associates to promote a terrorist ideology and agenda in Libya. Nabaa TV publishes statements in support of terrorist militias, including the Benghazi Defense Brigades and the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (designated herein). Nabaa TV endorses attacks and activities of terrorist militias in Libya. Nabaa TV has broadcast reports of militant operations produced by the media wing of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, al-Saraya Media Center (designated herein).

A founder of Nabaa TV formerly served as a producer for Al-Jazeera in Qatar. Nabaa TV correspondents have received training at the Aljazeera Media Training and Development Center in Doha.

Tanasuh Foundation for Dawa, Culture and Media: Libya

The Tanasuh Foundation for Dawa, Culture, and Media in Libya has been used by Benghazi Defense Brigades’ religious leader Sadiq Abd al-Rahman al-Gharyani to endorse attacks by, and broadcast messages to, terrorist militants in Libya, according to statements published by Tanasuh and media reports. In 2014, the government of the United Kingdom banned Sadiq al-Gharyani for his use of the Tanasuh Foundation to support Libya Dawn’s takeover of Tripoli, according to media reports. Sadiq al-Gharyani is sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017. Tanasuh Foundation is managed by Sadiq al-Gharyani’s son Suhail al-Gharyani.

Former LIFG leader Sami Mustafa Khalifa al-Saadi hosted programs for the Tanasuh Foundation. Tanasuh Foundation official Abdul Basset Ghwela was an associate of Salman Abedi, the perpetrator of the May 2017 terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena in the UK, according to media reports.