US Accuses Two of Aiding Terrorism

Monday, 23 Dec 2013 09:23 AM

By Melissa Clyne

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The Treasury Department has identified two prominent Middle Eastern men as “specially designated global terrorists,” accusing them of funneling millions in financial support to various jihadist organizations, including al-Qaida.

According to The Washington Post, both men have served as advisers to government-backed foundations in Qatar and have held high-profile positions with international human rights groups.

But the financial assets of Abd al-Rahman bin Umayr al-Nu'aymi, 59, and Abd al-Wahhab Muhammad  al-Humayqani, 41, have been frozen, and American citizens and companies are prohibited from doing business with them.

Nu’aymi is a Qatar University professor and a founding member of a prominent charity named for a member of the country’s ruling family. He has a reputation as an international activist and serves as president of Alkarama, a Geneva-based human rights organization that works closely with the United Nations and major international activist groups to advocate greater rights for Muslims, The Post reported Sunday.

But according to U.S. officials, Nu’aymi has provided money and material support and for more than 10 years and has acted as a conduit for communications to al-Qaida and its affiliates in Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Yemen, the Post also noted. Nu’aymi is considered among the most prominent Qatar-based supporters of Iraqi Sunni extremists.

Humayqani played a key role in the AQAP (Al-Qaida Arabian Peninsula). He helped organize a 2012 AQAP attack on a Yemeni Republican Guard base in al-Bayda' Governorate, Yemen that killed seven using improvised explosive devices hidden in vehicles. He is also accused of recruiting terrorists to AQAP who were involved in a plot to assassinate Yemeni officials, according to the Treasury.

Any assets the men have under U.S. jurisdiction are now frozen and Americans are generally prohibited from doing business with them, the Treasury release stated.

“Their alleged dual roles — promoting humanitarian causes and civil rights while simultaneously supporting extremist groups — reflect a growing challenge for counterterrorism officials attempting to monitor the torrents of cash flowing to Islamist rebel groups in Syria,” current and former U.S. officials told the Post.

There has been a surge in private support for Islamist extremists in Syria, particularly in Qatar and Kuwait, according to U.S. officials, who say the terrorists are frequently turning to social media to solicit donations.

Nu’aymi took to Twitter to rebut the allegations, saying he was being singled out in retaliation for his criticism of American policies, such as drone strikes in Yemen and U.S. support for the recent overthrow of Egypt’s democratically elected government, the Post noted.

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