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[Published: Monday October 27 2014]

Qatar dismisses IS funding claims
Doha, 27 Oct - (ANA) - Senior officials from Qatar have strongly denied claims the country is supporting extremist groups in Syria such as Islamic State.  They told the BBC Qatar had provided support to moderate groups only, in co-ordination with the CIA and other Western and Arab intelligence agencies. Strict financial controls had been put in place, they added. In the past, Qatar and donors there are believed to have financed and armed hardline Islamist groups in Syria. Doha is also believed to have links to the al-Nusra Front, an al-Qaeda affiliate. Earlier this month a number of British MPs were reported to have questioned the UK's closeness to Qatar, amid the claims of the links to IS funding. Last week US Treasury official David Cohen said Qatar, along with Kuwait, was not doing enough to choke off funding for extremist groups. His department has imposed sanctions on individuals in Qatar for allegedly funding designated terror groups in countries including Syria. The Qatari denial came ahead of a visit to the UK this week by Qatar's ruler Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. (ANA)
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