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Qatar’s financial and intelligence links to global terror groups and Islamist extremists remain deep and continuing, according to a landmark report by the British think tank the Henry Jackson Society (HJS).
In a new publication it recommends a four-point plan of action for the British government to increase pressure on Qatar on the issues like terror finance where the Quartet’s grievances dovetail with western interests.
While Qatar maintains it backs the global fight on terror, the HJS report found hundreds of links between the state and sanctioned individuals as well as blacklisted groups.
At least one figure on the US Treasury’s list of terrorist financiers has had his Qatari passport renewed this summer despite Doha’s claims that the individual’s movements have been restricted.
It estimates that tens of millions of dollars was paid by Qatar to the Syrian Al Qaeda linked group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham as part of April’s hostage deal to release a group of hunters held in Iraq.
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