CAIRO - 25 July 2017: Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain added nine individuals and nine entities to their terrorist list.
The Arab quartet revealed the names of the 18 individuals and entities backed by Qatar, here are the new list:
The new individuals added to terror watch list
Khalid Saeed al-Bounein
Khalid Saeed al-Bounein was a Doha-based fundraiser for terrorist militants in Syria, leading fundraising initiatives with UN and US sanctioned al-Qaida facilitators Saad bin Saad al-Kabi and Abd al-Latif bin Abdullah al-Kuwari. Khalid al-Bounein served as a point of contact for the fundraising campaign in Qatar between 2012 and 2014.
In 2016, Khalid Saeed al-Bounein participated in a Qatar Charity delegation to Iraq that included Qatar Charity official and designated supporter of terrorist militants in Syria, Mohammed Jassim al-Sulaiti, who was designated in the list issued by the four countries calling for combating terrorism.
Location: Doha, Qatar
DOB: 1 January 1968
Shaqer Jummah al-Shahwani
Qatari national Shaqer Jummah al-Shahwani was identified as a representative in Qatar for UN and US designated al-Qaida facilitator Hajjaj bin Fahd al-Ajmi and his fundraising initiatives for terrorist militants in Syria. Shaqer al-Shahwani organized events for Hajjaj al-Ajmi in Qatar, where Hajjaj al-Ajmi encouraged followers to support terror in Syria. In 2013, Shaqer al-Shahwani was identified as a point of contact in Qatar for donations to terrorist fighters in Syria.
Shahwani is an accredited scholar of the Qatari Ministry of Endowments and has delivered lectures at state-run religious institutions. Shaqer al-Shahwani has held positions in and led projects for Qatari organizations Eid Charity, RAF Foundation and Qatar Charity, which are sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism.
AKA: Shaqer al-Shahwani
AKA: Shaqer al-Hajri
Saleh bin Ahmed al-Ghanim
Qatari national Saleh bin Ahmed al-Ghanim worked with UN and US sanctioned al-Qaida facilitator Saad bin Saad al-Kabi to raise funds for terrorist militants in Syria. In 2013, Saleh al-Ghanim participated in a Qatar-based fundraising event for terrorist militants in Syria alongside UN and US sanctioned al-Qaida facilitators Khalifa Muhammad Turki al-Subaiy and Saad al-Kabi, and al-Qaida supporters Abdul Aziz bin Khalifa al-Attiyah and Wagdy Ghoneim, who are sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism. Saleh al-Ghanim also solicited support for the fundraising campaign on social media. Saleh bin Ahmed al-Ghanim has used social media to express support for al-Qaida and Usama bin Laden.
Saleh al-Ghanim was a founding member of the board of directors for the al-Rayyan Sports Club in Qatar, which was headed by Qatar’s former Interior Minister and terrorist supporter Abdullah bin Khalid Al Thani (sanctioned in June 2017).
Hamid Hamad Hamid al-Ali
Hamid Hamad al-Ali was sanctioned by the UN and the US government in 2014 for raising funds, recruiting and facilitating the travel of fighters looking to join al-Nusra Front in Syria. According to the UN, Hamid Hamad al-Ali attempted to mediate a reconciliation between the leaders of al-Nusra Front and Daesh (ISIS), and has traveled to Syria several times to meet with al-Nusra Front leader Abu Mohammed al-Jawlani and Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Hamid Hamad al-Ali referred to himself as an “al-Qaida commando.”
Hamid Hamad al-Ali assisted al-Qaida led fundraising campaigns in Qatar. In 2013, Hamid Hamad al-Ali solicited donations for terrorist militants in Syria alongside Qatari nationals Saad bin Saad al-Kabi and Abd al-Latif al-Kawari, UN and US sanctioned al Qaida facilitators.
Also in 2013, Hamid Hamad al-Ali endorsed the Ansar al-Sham Campaign which raised funds in Qatar for the procurement of weapons, artillery and aid to terrorist militants in Syria. The Ansar al-Sham campaign solicited donations on social media from Qatar-based supporters for al-Nusra Front.
Hamid Hamad al-Ali supported deceased al-Qaida leader Muhammad Yusuf Uthman Abd al-Salam (aka Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari) and his Jund al-Aqsa militia in Syria. Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari found refuge in Qatar after he fled Iraq around 2004, having been identified as a leader of al Qaida in Iraq along with Abu Musab al Zarqawi. In Qatar, Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari was a financial and logistical facilitator for terrorist fighters in Iraq, according to a biography published by his supporters. Abu Abdalaziz al-Qatari later moved to Syria to establish the US sanctioned Jund al-Aqsa militia.
AKA: Hamid Hamad al-'Ali
AKA: Hamad Hamid al-'Ali
AKA: Abu Sultan
DOB: 17 November 1960
Passport: Kuwait 001714467
Alternate Passport: 101505554
Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi
In May 2016, Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi was detained by local Yemeni security forces for providing support to AQAP. AQAP condemned the arrest of al-Yazidi and advocated for his release.
Abdullah al-Yazidi is the President of al-Ihsan Charitable Society in Yemen (designated herein), a partner of US sanctioned AQAP charity Rahma Charitable Organization (also designated herein). In 2016, Qatar’s Eid Charity and Qatar Charity sponsored projects in Hadramout province in Yemen alongside al-Ihsan Charitable Society and Abdullah al-Yazidi, according to local media reporting on the projects.
Abdullah al-Yazidi was a member of AQAP’s Hadhrami Domestic Council while the group was in control of Mukalla, Yemen in 2015. In June 2017, the US government identified the Hadhrami Domestic Council as a “prox[y] or cover organization” established by AQAP to “help govern territories it controls, and to manage issues such as administration, economics, security, and building relationships with citizens” in Yemen. The Hadhrami Domestic Council was established by AQAP in Mukalla, Yemen in April 2015 after AQAP took control of the city that same month, and prior to Mukalla’s liberation by Yemeni and Saudi-led coalition forces in mid-2016.
Abdullah al-Yazidi is a founding member of the Global Anti-Aggression Campaign, led by UN and US sanctioned Qatari al-Qaida financier Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaimi and other sanctioned al-Qaida facilitators.
POB: Al-Qarah, Ghayl Ba Wazir, Yemen
Ahmed Ali Ahmed Baraoud
In May 2016, Ahmed Ali Ahmed Baraoud was detained by Yemeni security forces for providing support to AQAP. AQAP condemned the arrest of Ahmed Baraoud and advocated for his release.
Ahmed Baraoud was a manager of US sanctioned AQAP charity Rahma Charitable Organization (also designated herein). In February 2014, Qatar’s Eid Charity sponsored an event in Hadramout province that featured Ahmed Baraoud, according to local media coverage of the event. Baraoud worked in establishing a school in Hadramout.
Ahmed Baraoud was a member of AQAP’s Hadhrami Domestic Council while the group was in control of Mukalla in 2015. In June 2017, the US government identified the Hadhrami Domestic Council as a “prox[y] or cover organization” established by AQAP to “help govern territories it controls, and to manage issues such as administration, economics, security, and building relationships with citizens” in Yemen.
AKA: Ahmed bin Ali bin Ahmed Baraoud
AKA: Ahmed Ali Ahmed Berraud
AKA: Ahmed Ali bin Raoud
POB: Shihr, Hadramout, Yemen
Mohammed Bakr al-Dabaa
Mohammed Bakr al-Dabaa is a senior official for the al-Ihsan Charitable Society (designated herein) in Hadramout province. In January 2016, Mohammed al-Dabaa inaugurated projects in Hadramout province sponsored by Qatar’s Eid Charity and Qatar Charity, alongside AQAP supporter Abdullah al-Yazidi (designated herein), according to local media reporting of the events.
In late 2015, Mohammed al-Dabaa worked with AQAP’s Hadhrami Domestic Council and its leadership to oversee projects and activities in Mukalla while the city was under AQAP control. In June 2017, the US government identified the Hadhrami Domestic Council as a “prox[y] or cover organization” established by AQAP to “help govern territories it controls, and to manage issues such as administration, economics, security, and building relationships with citizens” in Yemen.
Al-Saadi Abdullah Ibrahim Bukhazem
Al-Saadi Abdullah Ibrahim Bukhazem (aka “Al-Saadi al-Nawfali”) is a founder and leader of the Benghazi Defense Brigades in Libya -- a terrorist militia designated by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017.
Al-Nawfali fought with al-Qaida militants in Iraq before returning to Libya to serve as a commander in Ansar al-Sharia. Al-Nawfali was involved in a March 2017 attack by terrorist militants on Libyan oil facilities west of Benghazi. Al-Nawfali is an associate of al-Qaida leader Mokhtar Belmokhtar. In 2015, Mokhtar Belmokhtar was targeted in a US airstrike near Benghazi at a gathering of Ansar al-Sharia and other militant leaders at a farm belonging to Al-Saadi al-Nawfali, according to regional media reporting.
AKA: Al-Saadi al-Nawfali
AKA: Abu Abdullah
POB: Ajdabiya, Libya
Ahmed Abd al-Jaleel al-Hasnawi
Ahmed Abd al-Jaleel al-Hasnawi is a militia leader in southern Libya. Hasnawi provided logistical support to terrorist organizations in the Sahel region, including al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Ansar al-Dine in Mali, according to the UN. In February 2017, Ahmed al-Hasnawi met with Benghazi Defense Brigades leaders, including Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi, to coordinate operations, according to the UN and reporting from Boshra News Agency (designated herein).
The names of the entities added to terror watch list
1-Al-Balagh Charitable Foundation - Yemen
A charitable organization founded in 2014 in Hadramout, Yemen. It was led by Ahmed Ali Baraoud who was also the manager of AQAP’s Rahma Charitable Organization, which was sanctioned by the US government in December 2016. In 2014, Qatar’s Eid Charity sponsored an Al-Balagh Charitable Foundation event in Hadramout Province, according to local reporting of the event.
2-Al-Ihsan Charitable Society - Yemen
A charitable organization led by Abdullah Mohammed al-Yazidi, an AQAP supporter. Al-Ihsan has implemented projects in Yemen in June 2017, under sponsorship of Qatar’s Eid Charity and Qatar Charity, which were designated terrorist previously by the Arab quartet.
In July 2017, al-Ihsan Charitable Society identified Qatar-based RAF Foundation, Eid Charity and Qatar Charity as their “partners in development” on its official website.
Qatar Charity initiatives in Yemen are overseen by Nasr Qaed al-Zaeem, who has served as the Director of Qatar Charity operations in Yemen since mid-2015.
3-Rahma Charitable Organization - Yemen
A charitable organization that was a partner of the al-Ihsan Charitable Society in June 2017, which has implemented projects in Yemen with support from several Qatari charities, including the RAF Foundation, Eid Charity and Qatar Charity.
4-Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council – Libya
The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (“BRSC”) was formed in eastern Libya in mid-2014 as a coalition of terrorist militias that included the UN and US sanctioned Ansar al-Sharia Benghazi and the Rafallah Sahati Brigade (designated herein).
Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi -- a key recipient of Qatari financial and military support during the Libyan revolution and a commander of the Benghazi Defense Brigades -- is a commander in the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council. Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi is designated by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017.
Ansar al-Sharia leader Mohammed Ali al-Zahawi (now deceased) was also a leader of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council until his death in January 2015. Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council commander Mohammed Saeed al-Darsi was convicted in Jordan in 2007 for coordinating a series of failed al-Qaida suicide attacks against Amman’s airport and other civilian targets in Jordan.
In 2015 and until early 2016, the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council fought alongside the Libyan branch of Daesh (ISIS / ISIL), according to the United Nations and statements by the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council’s leadership.
5-Al-Saraya Media Center - Libya
Al-Saraya Media Center is the media wing of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (designated herein). The Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council uses al-Saraya Media Center to publicize operations of the group and promote its extremist agenda.
6-Boshra News Agency - Libya
Boshra News Agency is the official media outlet of the Benghazi Defense Brigades in Libya -- a terrorist militia designated by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017. Boshra News Agency published the founding statement of Benghazi Defense Brigades that featured Benghazi Defense Brigades leader Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi, a key recipient of Qatari financial and military support in Libya.
In July 2016, the Benghazi Defense Brigades used Boshra News Agency to take credit for its attack on a military helicopter outside Benghazi that resulted in the death of French military personnel, and to issue follow on threats against France for its involvement in Libya.
In March 2017, Al-Jazeera jointly covered a Benghazi Defense Brigades press conference alongside Boshra News Agency.
7-Rafallah Sahati Brigade - Libya
The Rafallah Sahati Brigade is a terrorist militia previously led by Ismail Mohammed al-Sallabi -- a leader of the Benghazi Defense Brigades and key recipient of Qatari support in Libya. Rafallah Sahati is a member of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (designated herein). Mohammed Ali al-Zahawi, the deceased leader of al-Qaida’s Ansar al-Sharia Benghazi, was a commander of the Rafallah Sahati Brigade.
8-Nabaa TV - Libya
Nabaa TV is a Libyan media outlet controlled by Abd al-Hakim Belhaj, the former leader of al-Qaida’s Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG) who is sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017. During the Libyan uprisings in 2011, Abd al-Hakim Belhaj commanded the Tripoli Revolutionaries Brigade, a Libyan militia armed and trained by Qatari Special Forces units in western Libya.
Nabaa TV is used by Belhaj and his associates to promote a terrorist ideology and agenda in Libya. Nabaa TV publishes statements in support of terrorist militias, including the Benghazi Defense Brigades and the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council (designated herein).
Nabaa TV endorses attacks and activities of terrorist militias in Libya. Nabaa TV has broadcast reports of militant operations produced by the media wing of the Benghazi Revolutionaries Shura Council, al-Saraya Media Center (designated herein).
A founder of Nabaa TV formerly served as a producer for Al-Jazeera in Qatar. Nabaa TV correspondents have received training at the Aljazeera Media Training and Development Center in Doha.
9-Tanasuh Foundation for Dawa, Culture and Media - Libya
The Tanasuh Foundation for Dawa, Culture, and Media in Libya has been used by Benghazi Defense Brigades’ religious leader Sadiq Abd al-Rahman al-Gharyani to endorse attacks by, and broadcast messages to, terrorist militants in Libya, according to statements published by Tanasuh and media reports.
In 2014, the government of the United Kingdom banned Sadiq al-Gharyani for his use of the Tanasuh Foundation to support Libya Dawn’s takeover of Tripoli, according to media reports. Sadiq al-Gharyani is sanctioned by the four countries calling for combating terrorism in June 2017.
Tanasuh Foundation is managed by Sadiq al-Gharyani’s son Suhail al-Gharyani.
Former LIFG leader Sami Mustafa Khalifa al-Saadi hosted programs for the Tanasuh Foundation. Tanasuh Foundation official Abdul Basset Ghwela was an associate of Salman Abedi, the perpetrator of the May 2017 terrorist attack on the Manchester Arena in the UK, according to media reports.
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