The backbone of terrorist organisations:The Qatar Foundation
For years, Qatar has been funding terrorism through a number of charity organizations. Moreover, Qatari regime is also actively involved in sponsoring cyber jihad as well as various pro-jihad publications around the world. Qatar uses charitable institutions to spread its destructive schemes and support and finance terrorist entities. Under the garb of charitable work, Qatari authorities are providing relief and a hand of aid to Muslims around the world, and, over the years, the Qatari charitable institutions have become a hidden arm of the regime that extends to tamper with the stability of Arab and even Western nations, and spread devastation and destruction.
The most active covert charitable institutions which are involved in financing terrorism as:
– Funds extremists in Syria, Sudan and Libya
– Headed by the brother of the Emir of Qatar
– Has ties with Turkey
– Spent 37 million dollars in Sudan
Al Ihssan Charitable Foundation:
– The boycotting countries have listed it on terror lists
– It supports the Houthi militia in Yemen
– In July 2017, it revealed that “RAF”, “Eid” are “partners in development”
Sheikh Eid Charitable Foundation:
– Qatar’s hidden arm in Europe
– Was accused of supporting terrorism by the Canada Revenue Agency
– In 2016, it won contracts to build 335 mosques in 17 countries.
According to media reports, Qatar’s support of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, Iran, Turkey, and radical Islamist terrorist groups led Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and the UAE to cut all ties with the Emirate.
Among the terrorist-supporting charities is Qatar Charity that advertises its mission is “to participate in the preservation of Islamic culture through the construction of mosques.
In 2011, Eid Charity donated 385,000 QAR (about $1.4 million) for purchasing Mississauga-based Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Center and Safa and Marwa Islamic School.
Five years later, in January 2016, it was Ibrahim Hindy, the imam of Dar Al-Tawheed Islamic Centre, known for publicly expressing support of all Mujahideen to advance jihad everywhere, who went to Qatar on a fundraising mission.
Later that year he hosted Sheikh Nash’at Ahmad, an Egyptian Salafist preacher, who was arrested in Egypt for urging support of Mujahedeen carrying out global jihad and has also justified the 9/11 attacks.
Turkish charity funding terrorism
In January 2020, a lawsuit filed in Florida by Matthew Schrier, an American photojournalist held hostage in Syria by jihadist groups for 211 days, against two Qatari entities revealed the links of Turkey’s controversial charity group IHH, the ‘Turkish Humanitarian Relief Foundation’ to jihadist groups in Syria, including Al Qaeda.
IHH is a front charity that is known as a tool of Turkish intelligence agency MİT and has been under investigation by the Turkish police. It was accused of smuggling arms to al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadists in Syria. IHH was also utilized in the transport of wounded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and al-Qaeda fighters by ambulance from Syria to Turkey.
Schrier filed a lawsuit under the Anti-Terrorism Act against Qatar Islamic Bank (QIB) in January alleging that Syrian al-Qaeda-linked jihadist groups Jabhat al-Nusrah (al-Nusrah Front) and Ahrar al-Sham “used an international network of donors and charities to fund” their terrorist activities, and that the QIB provided “financial services to those donors and financial support to the charities.” His complaint also claimed that the QIB “donated a substantial sum to Qatar Charity.”
The lawsuit also alleged that IHH and Qatar Charity created a partnership to “support the Syrian Islamic Front and Ahrar al-Sham, for example by supporting field hospitals to treat and provide non-medical services to wounded Ahrar al-Sham, Nusra Front and Syrian Islamic Front fighters.”
The complaint referred to international reports blacklisting both the charity and IHH “as entities contaminated with funds related to terrorism.”
Eighteen days after his arrival in Syria to report on the Syrian civil war, Schrier was kidnapped by al-Nusrah in an area between Aleppo and the Turkish border, in late December 2012. The terrorist group held him hostage and beat and tortured Schrier at least 10 times during that time, forced him to see and hear the torture of other prisoners and periodically withheld water and food. Al-Nusrah handed him over to the allied Ahrar al-Sham for 46 of the 211 days of his imprisonment, which also mistreated him.
Al-Nusrah is an internationally sanctioned terrorist group and has been operating as a part of the Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) coalition since January 2017. A US Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) report concluded that al-Nusrah “probably received logistical, financial and material assistance from the elements of the Turkish and Qatari governments.”
Ahrar al-Sham’s top commander, Abu Khaled al-Soury, co-founder of the group, fought for al-Qaeda and was close to al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden and his successor, Ayman al-Zawahiri. He was killed in 2014. Yet the group survived and even gained more influence after his assassination. In February 2018 the group merged with the Nour al-Din al-Zenki Movement to form the Syrian Liberation Front.
Although German and Dutch courts designated the group as a terrorist entity, al-Sham is not officially designated as a terrorist group by the European Union, the US or the UN. A discussion has been ongoing at the UN as to whether to classify the group as a terrorist entity.
Erdoğan stopped police investigation against jihadist entity
Nordic Monitor previously released a Turkish police intelligence report positing how the jihadist Libyan Ben Ali group was conducting its illegal activities with help of IHH Acting President Hüseyin Oruç and its then-South and East Anatolian Coordinator Selahattin Ozer. According to the report, the Ben Ali group moved between Turkey and Syria to provide logistical support, purchase arms and transport wounded fighters for al‐Qaeda‐affiliated terrorist organizations in Syria.
The Turkish police also investigated IHH’s links to Qatar Charity, but President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan halted the case in 2014. According to the investigation into al-Qaeda cells in Turkey, İbrahim Şen (37), a convicted al-Qaeda terrorist who was detained in Pakistan on alleged al-Qaeda links and transferred to Guantanamo, where he was kept until 2005, was running a recruitment and trafficking drive between Turkey and Syria and using the IHH to cover the terror network. The investigation had exposed Qatar Charity’s links to the IHH offices in Turkish provinces bordering Syria and Iran, which were used by Şen’s network at the time.
Due to his political cover from the government, Şen was saved from legal troubles. He was arrested in January 2014 and indicted in October 2014 but let go at the first hearing of the trial in October 2014. Turkish police officers were then dismissed and the investigation was hushed up.
Salah Uddin Shoaib Choudhury is an internationally acclaimed multi-award-winning anti-jihadist journalist, counter-terrorism specialist and editor of Blitz