Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari

Salim Hasan Khalifa Rashid al-Kuwari is a Qatari-based financier and facilitator for al-Qaeda.“Treasury Targets Key Al-Qa’ida Funding and Support Network Using Iran as a Critical Transit Point,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, July 28, 2011, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1261.aspx. The subject of U.S. sanctions, Kuwari has channeled hundreds of thousands of dollars to al-Qaeda through an Iran-based network run by senior al-Qaeda facilitator Ezedine Abdel Aziz Khalil. Kuwari has also allegedly facilitated the travel of extremist recruits abroad and secured the release of al-Qaeda detainees in Iran.“Treasury Targets Key Al-Qa’ida Funding and Support Network Using Iran as a Critical Transit Point,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, July 28, 2011, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1261.aspx.

Qatari authorities previously arrested Kuwari for suspicion of terrorism offences in 2009 and 2011, but released him both times after Alkarama—an organization co-founded by U.S.-designated fellow Qatari-based terrorist financier Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi—pressed Kuwari’s case with the United Nations.“Qatar: Civil servant held without charge,” Alkarama, May 18, 2011, http://en.alkarama.org/qatar/733-qatar-civil-servant-held-without-charge. According to a 2014 investigative report by the Telegraph, Kuwari was employed by Qatar’s Ministry of Interior during both arrests.Robert Mendick, “Al-Qaeda terror financier worked for Qatari government,” Telegraph (London), October 12, 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11156327/Al-Qaeda-terror-financier-worked-for-Qatari-government.html.

In 2011, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Kuwari as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT) under Executive Order 13224. Kuwari’s second release came three months after the U.S. designated him as an al-Qaeda fundraiser.“Treasury Targets Key Al-Qa’ida Funding and Support Network Using Iran as a Critical Transit Point,” U.S. Department of the Treasury, July 28, 2011, https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/tg1261.aspx. The 2014 Telegraph report alleged that Qatar’s Ministry of Interior had continued to employ Kuwari after his 2011 designation, though the Qatari government refused to verify his employment.Robert Mendick, “Al-Qaeda terror financier worked for Qatari government,” Telegraph (London), October 12, 2014, http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/11156327/Al-Qaeda-terror-financier-worked-for-Qatari-government.html.

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