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The Trouble with Qatar

Taliban Hails 'Great Victory'

6:42 AM, Jun 2, 2014 • By THOMAS JOSCELYN
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The Qatari’s approach to “regional conflicts,” such as in Syria or South Asia, is no different today. On Twitter, for instance, al Qaeda-linked jihadists openly advertise telephone numbers in Qatar that prospective donors should call to support the jihad in Syria. Prominent jihadist groups in Syria have reportedly benefited from Qatar’s largesse as well.

In the end, it is easy to see why the Taliban set up its “political office” in Doha, and why Mullah Omar is so pleased with Qatar’s Amir. The Obama administration’s whitewash of Qatar’s track record is more difficult to fathom.

Thomas Joscelyn is a senior fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies

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