Petrodollars, Salafism & Terrorism News
Emails recently leaked by WikiLeaks suggest that U.S. authorities are fully aware of the extent of their long-standing Gulf partners’ double game – formally criminalizing terror financing while strategically sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups – and seem determined to deal with it primarily through soft power strategies.
Last Friday the U.S. Treasury announced its decision to delist the Oregon-based branch of Al Haramain Foundation, designated as a terrorist entity for its strong links to al-Qaeda and the Saudi government. The move sparks doubts about the ultimate nature and value of the terrorist designation process in the U.S.
Asharq Al-Awsat reported today that the international community is inclined to cut funds to the supposedly Houthi-controlled Central Bank of Yemen, a claim in contrast with a recent Reuters report that detailed the Central Bank of Yemen’s efforts to stay neutral between government loyalists and Houthis.
At the end of May, a Qatar Charity delegation traveled across the northwest of Italy to inaugurate several Islamic centers built or renovated thanks to the €25 million devolved to UCOII over the past three years, in line with the provision of Qatar Charity’s “Ghaith” initiative. This most recent investment, however, is only the tip of the iceberg.
As Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu’s forced departure signals, Turkey is transitioning towards a one-man-rule under the unchecked leadership of President Erdogan. Turkey’s military base in Qatar assumes an even stronger symbolic relevance now that Turkey is looking at its Arab neighbors – primarily Qatar – to reinforce its regional and international status.