The Toronto Star recently released an incriminating report on Qatar’s state-sponsorship of international terrorism authored by Mohamed Fahmy, a former Aljazeera journalist who spent close to two years in Egyptian prisons. Fahmy pulls no punches in his article describing what he deems as Qatar’s “blatant state-sponsorship of terrorism,” rather than negligence, for its protection of terrorist financiers. Fahmy opens by mentioning Abdul Rahman Bin Umair Al Nuaimi and Khalifa Al Subaey, two infamous Qatar-based terrorist financiers who live freely in Qatar despite funneling millions of dollars to al-Qaeda and its offshoots. The article goes on to list the Taliban’s Qatar office, members of the ruling Al Thani family’s associations to terrorists, and leaked Hillary Clinton emails as indications of Qatar’s shady activities.
Undoubtedly one of the world’s most prominent state-sponsors of terrorism finance and financiers, CATF has extensively covered the tiny Gulf state’s direct and indirect activities in support of Al Nusra Front, Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and others. Mohamed Fahmy, however, likely has his own motivations for condemning the Qatari government. Having spent years in prisons he deemed as “psychologically unbearable” after being charged as a member of the banned Muslim Brotherhood, Fahmy pointed his anger at the Qatari state-owned media giant Aljazeera. Fahmy voiced his frustration that his Doha bosses were using him and his colleagues as part of their foreign policy objectives and, thus, compromising their journalistic integrity. Fahmy’s dual grievances against his former employer demonstrate how the protection of terrorist financiers and the dissemination of media reflecting the government’s interests can go hand-in-hand in the pursuit of power.
From the Toronto Star:
“It is not negligence or turning a blind eye. It is blatant state-sponsorship of terrorism.
At one point in 2013 Qatar opened an office for Taliban who had recently rebranded their identity to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
Right then and there the Al Thani ruling family of Qatar gave legitimacy to murderers who committed horrific massacres in Afghanistan for decades, staged targeted killings and kidnappings of diplomats and civilians.”