Qatar’s ties to the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas rank among the allied quartet’s grievances.
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A diplomatic standoff between Qatar and four other Arab states that accuse it of sponsoring terrorism has turned a spotlight on an opaque network of charities and prominent figures freely operating in the tiny Gulf country.Qatar insists it condemns terrorism and that it does not support extremist groups.The Brotherhood's spiritual guide, Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, was among those accused by Qatar's neighbors of having ties with terrorism. The 90-year-old Egyptian preacher, who has lived in Qatar for decades, previously was embraced by Gulf leaders.Qatar's support of the Brotherhood has made it an outlier, as has its unique role as a mediator in hostage negotiations, helping to free Western captives held by Al-Qaeda in Syria and Yemen.The Treasury alleged that in 2006, he played a key role in a terrorist cell plotting to attack U.S. military bases in Qatar, and as of mid-2012 was serving as a link between Gulf-based Al-Qaeda financiers and Afghanistan. He is apparently now residing outside Qatar, according to experts closely monitoring these cases.
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