JEDDAH, June 14, 2017 – Saudi Arabia called upon the government of Qatar today to take immediate and decisive action, after more details of the 59 individuals and 12 entities identified as terrorists were released last Friday.
The organizations and individuals identified in the list presented to the government of Qatar are responsible for carrying out and sponsoring terrorist attacks around the world that have claimed the lives of thousands of people, including hundreds in Saudi Arabia.
Among the terrorists being harbored by Qatar are:
- Khalifa Mohammed Turki al-Subaiy has been designated by the U.S. government as a financier for al-Qaeda and is widely known to have supported Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, the mastermind of the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center.
- Abdulaziz bin Khalifa al-Attiyah was reported by both Lebanese and American authorities as a financier for al-Qaeda and its Syrian affiliate, the al-Nusra Front.
- In 2013, Abdul Rahman bin Omair al-Nuaimi was named as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist by the United States Department of the Treasury, which described him as “a Qatar-based terrorist financier and facilitator who has provided money and material support, and conveyed communications to al-Qaeda and its affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen for more than a decade.”
- Yusuf Al Qaradawi is the unofficial ideologue of the Muslim Brotherhood. He is Egyptian but lives in Doha and has a Qatari passport. He is known for his extremist rhetoric and militant fatwas (religious decrees) and is banned from entering the United States, the United Kingdom, and France due to his reputation as a violence-inciting Islamist.
- Mohamed Ahmed Shawqi Al-Islambouli is an Egyptian living in Qatar. Islambouli had a known partnership with Osama bin-Laden and al-Qaeda in the 1990s and is reportedly “an expert in hijacking planes”. He also led an al-Qaeda cell in Qatar with 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
His Excellency, Dr. Awwad Alawwad, the Minister for Culture and Information of Saudi Arabia, said:
“The support provided to these organizations is staggering in both its extent and sophistication. Qatar has provided safe haven for the leadership, a mouthpiece for their propaganda, and financial and material support for their members. This has to stop immediately.”