US is investigating Qatar over allegations that it is funding the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps

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JERUSALEM – The State Department has an investigation into one Israeli Government report that funded the Qatar monarchy Iran Corps of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, a US-designated terrorist organization.

“We are investigating the allegations,” a State Department spokesman told the Washington Examiner earlier this month, adding that “Qatar and the United States have a solid strategic, security and counter-terrorism partnership. Qatar is one of the United States’ closest military allies in the region. The military and security cooperation between the US and Qatar contributes to the security and stability of the region. “

Alleged terrorist financing activities by the Islamic regime in Doha came to the surface during the meeting in the Oval Office between President Joe Biden and outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rivlin last month.

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Rivlin provided the White House with information on “the latest funding Qatar has made available to the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps,” Times of Israel reported, citing an Israeli diplomatic officer who spoke on condition of anonymity. The person also added that the information alerted US officials at the meeting.

The Washington Examiner contacted several Israeli government departments, including the State Department, all of whom remained silent on the matter. Israeli governments unceremoniously reject false reports as a general rule. The lack of a rejection suggests that the intelligence information is serious and has indeed been passed on to the Biden administration.

Foreign Minister Antony Blinken met with the Deputy Prime Minister of Qatar and Foreign Minister Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al Thani on Thursday and discussed the crises in Afghanistan, Yemen and Lebanon. The Qatari foreign minister backed US calls to promote “peace and security”.

The Persian language service operated in the USA Voice of america News agency confirmed through a second source that Israel provided Biden with information about Qatar’s funding of the IRGC.

The Quds Force, a branch of the IRGC primarily responsible for terrorist operations outside Iran, has killed over 600 American military personnel in the Middle East.

Its leader, Qasem Soleimani, was killed by a US drone attack in Iraq in January 2020. Esmail Qaani was appointed head of the organization after Soleimani’s death.

The Washington Examiner asked the Qatari State Department and its embassies in Washington and Berlin to comment.

Rivlin’s White House meeting coincided with a US Army statement. reported by Stars and Stripes, that “the US has closed extensive bases in Qatar that once stored warehouses full of weapons and transported the remaining supplies to Jordan.

The US Army closed As Sayliyah-Main Army Camp, As Sayliyah-South Camp and the Falcon ammunition depot, the military news agency said.

The tiny monarchy of Qatar, rich in natural gas and oil, has been implicated in allegations that it has funded a variety of Sunni and Shiite terrorist states and movements, including Hezbollah in Lebanon and the Islamic State.

Rivlin’s new allegations could spark renewed tension between Qatar and the US, which has deployed nearly 10,000 military personnel at the Gulf State’s al Udeid air base.

The Biden government is once again confronted with a crisis in Qatar because the monarchy of Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani is repeatedly accused of funding Islamic terrorist movements aimed at killing Americans.

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Qatar’s status as a supposedly leading government sponsor of international terrorism could also complicate its role in hosting the 2022 World Cup.

Benjamin Weinthal is a journalist and Fellow of the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies. Follow him on Twitter: @BenWeinthal.

Jonathan Spyer is a journalist and executive director of the Middle East Center for Reporting and Analysis, Research Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Strategy and Security, and Fellow of the Middle East Forum.

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Keywords: National security, Foreign Ministry, Iran, Qatar, terrorism, Foreign policy, White House, news, Joe Biden

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