Qatar Royal Family "Tricked" into Giving Money to Al Qaeda

A member of the Qatari royal family tipped off Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

Shocked, shocked Shocked, shocked

After Qatar's involvement with terrorists in Libya and Syria, its blatant endorsement of Hamas and its backing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt does the Washington Post really believe the nonsense it's reporting?

And the story carefully avoids discussing whether the Al Qaeda backers were able to use their positions to move money from the Qatari royals to Al Qaeda. But here's a sample of their work...

In 2013, Nu'aymi ordered the transfer of nearly $600,000 to al-Qa'ida via al-Qa'ida's representative in Syria. Nu'aymi reportedly oversaw the transfer of over $2 million per month to al-Qa'ida in Iraq for a period of time.  He also served as an interlocutor between these Qatari nationals and al-Qa'ida in Iraq leaders.

During political unrest in Yemen, Humayqani reportedly assisted AQAP in gaining a foothold and safe haven in al-Bayda' Governorate, Yemen and as of mid-2011 served as the acting AQAP amir there.

So we're talking about more than just a backer here... but here's how the Washington Post reports it...

When Qatar’s royal family was looking for advice on charitable giving, it turned to a well-regarded professor named Abd al-Rahman al-Nu’aymi. The 59-year-old educator had a stellar résumé that included extensive fundraising experience and years of work with international human rights groups.

But one apparent accomplishment was omitted from the list: According to U.S. officials, Nu’aymi also was working secretly as a financier for al-Qaeda, funneling millions of dollars to the terrorist group’s affiliates in Syria and Iraq even as he led campaigns in Europe for greater freedoms for Muslims.

I'm sure Qatar's royal family had absolutely no idea. Isn't that the way it always is? US officials always know more about who's involved in terrorism than the local governments who never know that Mo or Abdul was really Al Qaeda. They're always shocked that gambling is going on here.

Nu’aymi was one of two men identified by Treasury Department officials last week as major financial backers of al-Qaeda and its regional chapters across the Middle East... Both men have served as advisers to government-backed foundations in Qatar and have held high-profile positions with international human rights groups.

Two men. What are the odds?

Somehow Qatar's ruling family was tricked into bringing on board two Al Qaeda backers as advisers. But they had no clue.

Despite attempts by gulf states to crack down on jihadist financial networks, former and current U.S. officials have described a surge in private support for Islamist extremists in Syria, particularly in Qatar and Kuwait.

They're trying very hard. Just look at their luxurious revolving door terrorist rehab. Also look at all the weapons they're sending to Al Qaeda the moderate freedom fighters.

Is it their fault that they keep turning to Al Qaeda backers to advise them?

The Obama administration has repeatedly urged both countries to rein in private donations to jihadists, while acknowledging that new tactics, including the widespread use of Twitter and other social media, make fundraising more difficult to track.

Also sometimes your advisers turn out to be Al Qaeda backers even though you had no idea. It's social media's fault.

The administration’s action last week named both men as “specially designated global terrorists,” a determination that allows U.S. officials to freeze their financial assets and bar American citizens and companies from doing business with them. Treasury Department documents alleged that both men used their charity work to conceal efforts to raise millions of dollars for al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups, from Syria to the Horn of Africa.

And now I'm sure our Qatari allies will jump to help now that they realized their tragic mistake of using Al Qaeda backers.

The naming of the two officials raised eyebrows in Qatar and Yemen, where supporters viewed the allegations as politically motivated.

Oh my, not the raised eyebrows and the politically motivated allegations. One sentence. Two journalistic cliches. No waiting.

Both men have been prominent critics of U.S. counter­terrorism policies, particularly the use of drone strikes against terrorism suspects.

And you can understand why when the drones are aimed at your pals.

Nu’aymi, a Qatar University professor and former president of the Qatar Football Association, was a founding member of a prominent charity — the Sheik Eid bin Mohammad al-Thani Charitable Foundation, named for a member of the country’s ruling family. In recent years, Nu’aymi had gained renown as an international activist, serving as president of Alkarama, a Geneva-based human rights organization that works closely with the United Nations and major international activist groups to advocate for Muslims’ civil rights.

Alkarama lobbies on behalf of Islamist detainees around the world, and it accuses Western and Arab governments of suppressing the rights of political groups that promote Islamic rule for the Middle East.

Awful. How can anyone think of suppressing the rights of decent moderate folks who just want to suppress the rights of everyone who isn't a Muslim man?

But it's not like the Qatari royal family has links to Al Qaeda or September 11.

American officials say the FBI and CIA just missed capturing the al Qaeda leader believed to have organized the 9/11 attacks — and now believed to be planning a new attack against Americans — because it appears he was protected and tipped off by a member of the royal family in Qatar, Abdullah Bin Khalid al-Thani.

American authorities say Khalid Shaikh Mohammed masterminded behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks for Osama bin Laden, and is now considered bin Laden's second in command.

"Certainly it is well-documented that there is one member of the Qatar royal family that supports al Qaeda," said Rohan Gunaratna, the author of the book Inside Al Qaeda and professor at St. Andrews University in Scotland.

According to American intelligence officials, Abdallah bin Khalid al-Thani, a member of the Qatari royal family tipped off Mohammed. He is listed on government Web sites as the current minister of the Interior for Qatar and is known as a radical Islamic fundamentalist with ties to al Qaeda.

Mohammed is believed to have fled Qatar with a passport provided by that country's government. He is also believed to have been given a home in Qatar as well as a job at the Department of Public Water Works. Officials also said bin Laden himself visited Abdallah bin Khalid al-Thani in Qatar between the years of 1996 and 2000.

I blame social media.