Qatar’s Biggest Problems: al-Nuaymi and al-Subaiy
Al-Subaiy and Al-Nuaymi have close ties to senior leaders in the Qatari government and are 2 of the biggest problems Qatar faces in dealing with the current crisis.
Khalifa Muhammad Turki al-Subaiy and Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nuaymi are senior-level financiers of al-Qaeda. In 2014, U.S. Treasury Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, David Cohen, announced that the two men were living freely in Qatar. Both men were on a worldwide terrorist blacklist. Al-Subaiy, as it turned out, had previously worked at the Qatar Central Bank.
At one time, Al-Nuaymi was the president of the Qatar Football Association. The U.S. report said that he sent more than 1.25 million British pounds per month to Al-Qaeda jihadist fighters in Iraq. He sent hundreds of thousands of pounds to fighters in Syria. The United States designated Al-Nuaymi as a terrorist in 2013. Britain sanctioned him in 2014.
Al-Nuaymi is knowingly associated with Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad ‘Abd al-Rahman Al-Humayqani, a Specially Designated Global terrorist (SDGT) whom the US Treasury sanctioned in 2013 for his role as fundraiser and executive for al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).
The US Treasury claimed that in 2012 Al-Nuaymi supported financially a charity directed by Humayqani.
By exploiting his status in the charitable community, Humayqani allegedly raised funds and facilitated transfers from al-Qaeda supporters based in Saudi Arabia to Yemen.
Reportedly Humayqani had high level connections with al-Qaeda top operatives and often acted as an AQAP representative while meeting with Yemeni authorities. On behalf of AQAP, he allegedly recruited individuals for several murderous attacks in Yemen, and personally directed a “group of armed AQAP associates that intended to carry out attacks on Yemeni government facilities and institutions, including a Yemeni government building in al-Bayda Governorate”.
About ten months after being sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury, Nuaimi was also restrained from doing business in the UK.
According to the 9/11 Commission Report, Subayi also provided financial support to Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, a Pakistani al-Qaeda senior officer purported to be one of the architects of the 9/11 attacks.
The Qatar government as well as Qatari citizens have sponsored large-scale fundraising campaigns to solicit “support for the procurement of weapons, food and supplies for al-Nusra in Syria” which have often relied on social media. “Madid Ahl al-Sham”, a fundraising campaign launched in 2013 and shut down by Qatari authorities only in 2015, became “one of the preferred conduits for donations intended for the group”