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Qatar funds newly formed Ansar al-Bukhary: opposition

Sat, Dec. 1, 2018
CAIRO – 1 December 2018: Qatari Leaks, the platform run by the Qatari opposition, revealed on Saturday that the princedom has started to back a militant group called Ansar al-Bukhary (Bukhary supporters) in Syria to substitute the Islamic State (IS) and Ahrar al-Sham Front, formerly known as Nusra Front.

The video posted on the Twitter account says that the group is led by Ayman Gawad al-Tamimy and has originated in Uzbekistan. The group was launched in Aleppo, and the number of its members is currently 500.

Qatari Leaks reported that the group announced its presence after the boycott of Qatar by the Arab quartet for supporting terrorism last year, and that is supported financially and logistically by Sheikh Eid Al Thani Charity Association.

Also, one of the main fund providers is Abd Al Rahman al-Nuaymi who was named by the U.S. Department of The Treasury in 2013 as Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13224 for providing financial support to al-Qa'ida, Asbat al-Ansar, al-Qa'ida in Iraq, and al-Shabaab.

Nuaymi transferred $600,000 in 2013 to al-Qa'ida via its representative in Syria Abu-Khalid al-Suri and intended to transfer nearly $50,000 more, oversaw the transfer of over $2 million per month to al-Qa'ida in Iraq, and in mid-2012, provided approximately $250,000 to two U.S.-designated al-Shabaab figures, Mukhtar Robow and Sheikh Hassan Aweys Ali.

In addition, Nuaymi provided "financial support to a charity headed by Yemen-based Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad 'Abd al-Rahman al-Humayqani, who channeled funding to al-Qa'ida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP)."

Tamimy went to Doha to receive instructions from Nuaymi and a fund worth $700,000. The group members also received training in the Al Waqra camp in Qatar, and headed to Syria, Libya, and Egypt, according to Qatari Leaks.

Tamimy also met with Abou al-Qasem al-Oteidy, one of the group's leaders, in London as he got orders to launch terror attacks in Egypt and Libya. Both had set plans to execute such attacks in November 2018 with a fund of $80 million from Doha.

Expert in Islamist Groups Affairs and International Terrorism Monir Adib told Lebanese newspaper Al Nahar in September that Ansar al-Bukhary has presence in Eretria, Nigeria, and Somalia, and that is composed of militants who were part of IS and al-Qaeda affirming it acquires funds from Qatar.

Researcher in Islamist Movements Affairs Omar Farouk told Al Nahar that IS leader Abou Bakr al-Boghdady was moved in 2017 to Turkish borders and later to Libya to lead the recently formed group.

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