For years, Qatar has supported and sheltered extremists. It is time for Qatar to take action and stop funding, hosting and broadcasting extremism.
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Qatar and Al Qaeda

Qatari citizens fundraise and finance terrorists.

Qatar and Media Radicalization

Al Jazeera broadcasts extremist content.

Qatar and Hamas

Qatari support legitimizes violence and extremism.

Qatar and Terrorism Finance

Known terrorism financiers operate freely in Qatar.

Reports and Supporting Materials

Qatar’s long track record of supporting extremist organizations is well documented.

Qatar’s Long History of Extremist Support


Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “mastermind” of the September 11 attacks, works for the Qatari government

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Nov. 1996

Satellite news channel Al Jazeera begins broadcasting. It is owned by the government of Qatar.


Authorities detain Ahmed Hikmat Shakir, a 9/11 hijacker, who had been working in Doha at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.

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Qatar and Al Qaeda reportedly renew financial deal initially reached in 2003 for protection against Al Qaeda attacks.

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Jan. 2009

Yusuf al-Qaradawi, broadcast sermons on Al Jazeera urging the killing of Jews and describing the Holocaust as “divine punishment.”

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US State Department cables describe Qatar as the Middle East's "worst" participant in counterterrorism efforts

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Qatari government funds construction of $1.2 million mosque in Yemen for Sheikh Abdel Wahab al-Humayqani. The US government has since designated al-Humayqani as a fundraiser for Al Qaeda.

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Al-Nusra Front, Al Qaeda’s arm in Syria, began visiting Doha in 2012 for meetings with senior Qatari military officials and financiers.

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June 2012

Qatar’s Ministry of Endowments and Islamic Affairs invited Hajjaj al-Ajmi, a US designated funder of terrorism, to speak at a fundraising event.

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Oct. 2012

Qatar pledges $400 million to Hamas during Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al-Thani’s visit to the Gaza, the first head of state to visit since Hamas took control in 2007.

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Dec. 2012

Long time Al Jazeera Berlin correspondent says the network’s reporting is precisely aligned with Qatari foreign policy.

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Jan. 2013

Qatar doubles its financial aid to the Egyptian government of President Mohammed Morsi with $2.5 billion.

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July 2013

Staff at Al Jazeera in Cairo resign to protest coverage biased towards the Muslim Brotherhood.

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Nov. 2013

Several members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood flee to Qatar.

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Dec. 2013

US Department of Treasury sanctions several Qatari nationals for financing terrorism.

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Mar. 2014

Saudi Arabia, the UAE, and Bahrain withdraw ambassadors from Qatar due to increasing frustrations over extremist support.

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June 2014

Prisoner exchange deal includes the release of 5 Taliban prisoners to Qatar.

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July 2014

Nabil al-Awadhy, a fundraiser for groups close to Al-Nusra Front, was the featured lecturer in Qatar at a Ramadan festival.

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Sep. 2014

US Department of Treasury designates 12 foreign terrorist facilitators with links to Qatar.

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US Department of State releases report, which states “entities and individuals within Qatar continue to serve as a source of financial support” for terrorist groups.

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Aug. 2015

US Department of Treasury officially designates and sanctions two Qatari nationals as major facilitators of the Al-Nusra Front and Al Qaeda.

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Qatar paid up to $1bn in ransom payments to blacklisted forces in the Middle East in a hostage deal.

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May 2017

Al Jazeera English tweets an anti-Semitic cartoon commenting on climate change.

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June 5, 2017

Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt, and the UAE cut diplomatic ties with Qatar.

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UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs Releases Video Highlighting Incidents of Al Jazeera Supporting Extremism

July 12, 2017 | UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

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Richard Clarke Op-Ed: We always knew Qatar was trouble, as the 1990s escape of terror mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammad showed

July 6, 2017 | New York Daily News

"Had the Qataris handed him over to us as requested in 1996, the world might have been a very different place." - Richard Clarke, Former National Coordinator for Security and Counter-terrorism

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