RE: ‘Qatar does not support terrorism’ – response to Fahad Mohamed Kafood, Ambassador of the State of Qatar to Canada

In a letter to the Toronto Star that was in response to Mohamed Fahmy’s article surrounding Qatar, Kafood erroneously declares that:

Qatar has not, does not and never will support terrorism in any form.  We believe terrorism is antithetical to our values, our principles and our faith.

This is a somewhat disconcerting statement, as the Qatari Ambassador has no problem completely misleading the audience with this false claim.

For one, in recent Wikileaks documents, Clinton confirms in an email to John Podesta that, “…we need to use our diplomatic and more traditional intelligence assets to bring pressure on the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia, which are providing clandestine financial and logistic support to ISIL and other radical Sunni groups in the region.”

So, it is clear that Qatar is providing support to the most brutal terrorist organization the world has ever seen along with other radical Sunni groups.

Most of these terrorist elements are found in Syria, where many of the Sunni-led states have been funding terrorist entities in attempt to overthrow Assad.

One of these groups include Al-Nusra.  Since 2013, Qatar has been funding Al-Nusra, one of the leading opposition groups in Syria.  Al-Nusra is a branch of Al-Qaeda and they are currently designated as a terrorist entity by Canada.

To bypass UN sanctions, it is explained here how Qatar is funding al-Nusra and al-Qaeda through a tactic called KFR.

Qatar and Saudi Arabia have also been funding an Al-Qaeda affiliate in Ahrar al-Sham who are currently stationed within the Idlib region of Syria.  Indeed, Ahrar al-Sham has fought alongside ISIS in the past.  Qatar has been funding Ahrar al-Sham since 2014, and many of the Gulf states withdrew their own ambassadors in protest for their doing so.

Furthermore, Qatar has contributed over $1 billion dollars to Hamas, the ruling party in the Gaza strip, which was designated by Canada as a terrorist organization in 2002.  They are allegedly the number one funder of the terrorist organization and since 2012, they have let Hamas base their political leadership in Doha, as Khaled Meshaal, leader of Hamas, is currently living there.

Sources also state that Qatar financed terrorism within North Africa, groups which include AQIM (Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb), and other extremist groups in Libya that oppose the current government.

Qatar is also a leading sponsor of the Muslim Brotherhood, a terrorist organization which founded Hamas.  Currently, Qatar houses prominent MB cleric al-Qaradawi and provide enormous sums of money for MB groups based in Europe and the Middle East. The MB is considered by many to be a group that promotes the ideals of Salafi-Jihadism and many MB clerics preach the idea of jihad against the kafir.

Kafood also contends that:

Qatar has taken concrete steps to block private citizens from providing financial support to terrorist organizations.

Perhaps they have taken ‘concrete steps’, yet Qatar still appears complicit in the face of growing international pressure, as they have failed to charge or prosecute many of these citizens who have been or still are providing clandestine support to Al-Qaeda, Al-Qaeda associates and other terrorist groups.

Currently, designated terrorist financiers (by the US and UN) in Abd al-Rahman al-Nu’aymi and Khalifa al-Subaiy are living in Qatar under impunitive measures.  The Treasury Department has accused Al-Nuaymi of funnelling millions of dollars a month to Al-Qaeda and hundreds of thousands of dollars to other extremist organisations.  Al-Subaiy, who was accused of providing support to Khalid Shiekh Mohammad, the mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, has also funnelled millions of dollars to Al-Qaeda and is still apparently doing so in Doha.

Leaked US government documents also state that ‘Al-Qaida, the Taliban, Lashkar-e-Taiba, and other terrorist groups exploit Qatar as a fundraising locale.’  Indeed, Qatar has been historically known by the US government to be rife with terrorist fundraising initiatives.

Furthermore, a recent report by the FDD, details how six UN sanctioned citizens based in Qatari territory have been linked to funding al-Qaeda and other extremist terrorist groups.  Doha has failed to press any charges against these men, in court, or in absentia.

It appears as if they might be taking steps, however, by western standards, they appear to be imperceptible.

Kafood concludes his sentiments by averring that:

These are … the actions of a nation (Qatar) firmly committed to ending the terrorist threat in the Middle East and around the world.

Indeed, it seems that Qatari diplomats are well-versed within the language of double-speak.  Perhaps if they take a look within Orwell’s 1984 they will see the uncanny resemblance between their state and that of Oceania.

About Jake Beaumont 58 Articles
BA in Media Studies from the University of Guelph. Graduated from the University of Guelph-Humber with a Diploma in Journalism. Former Research Analyst for Honest Reporting Canada. Published in the Huffington Post, Vancouver Province and many other newspapers across Canada. Specializes in Middle-East politics. Currently situated in Toronto.

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