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EXCLUSIVE: Qatar's Emir: We don't fund terrorists

September 25th, 2014
04:11 PM ET

Click here to watch part two of Amanpour's interview with the Emir of Qatar.

By Mick Krever, CNN

(CNN) - In his first-ever interview as the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani defended his country against allegations of funding terrorism and pledged support for the fight against ISIS for the long haul.

"We don't fund extremists," the Emir told CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Thursday. "If you talk about certain movements, especially in Syria and Iraq, we all consider them terrorist movement."

"I know that in America and some countries they look at some movements as terrorist movements. ... But there are differences. There are differences that some countries and some people that any group which comes from Islamic background are terrorists. And we don't accept that."


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  1. Story Girl

    Wow!! So lets really believe this!! Since when do criminals ever admit their crimes? Although they do not see terrorists as terrorist but they do see us as gullible idiots who believe anything that CNN or others promote as truth.

    September 25, 2014 at 8:50 pm | Reply
  2. Dan

    hahahahahahashaha, typical Amanpour not challenging a terrorist

    September 26, 2014 at 2:56 am | Reply
  3. Erm...

    "Qatar's Emir: We don't fund terrorists"

    You do, using American printed money.

    September 26, 2014 at 5:27 am | Reply
  4. Willie Wonka

    So you would like us to believe. .............

    September 26, 2014 at 6:23 am | Reply
  5. Onas

    It is clear and evident that only stabilizing force in Middle East is Turkey. In order for stability to reach Syria and Iraq, Turkey must form a paramilitary corps number 100 000 Sunni fighters from around the world. Something like international Sunni military wing which will overthrow Assad and keep Sunnis in Iraq protected both from Kurds and Shiites. USA and Europe must be completely disregarded they are not our friends of brothers they serve Israel among other Middle Eastern regimes who are nothing short of destabilizing factor of the region. I understand Turkey is concerned but a strong paramilitary force is necessary. Kurds stole massive Kirkuk oil fields from Sunnis and that is a huge deal, why? Because without those oil fields Sunnis cannot have a stable economy and rebuild their war tarnished lives. It is up to Turkey to decide fate of Middle East, not USA or Jewrope. Turkey must not cave in to US demands since USA is only working for Jew interests. Bring back the Ottoman-style empire, whatever it may take it will bring prestige and power back to Turkey. ISIS is not our enemy, Israel and USA is.

    September 26, 2014 at 6:38 am | Reply
    • gwtheyrn

      You, sir, are a complete and utter fool if you actually believe a word of what you typed.

      September 26, 2014 at 7:19 am | Reply
    • Cobra6

      I don't know whether you intended to describe ISIS and who is supporting them, but that's exactly what you did. Turkey is the real supporter and enabler for ISIS, more than Quatar.

      September 26, 2014 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • D. Bose

      Turkey should be divided up into three parts. South Eastern part should go for the Kurds. North Eastern part should go for the Armenians.
      The rest can be for the Turks.

      September 28, 2014 at 6:05 am | Reply
  6. Steve

    Not all, just the IUD planting, plane flying into buildings, head hacker offers, suicide bombers, civilian murdering, and those that finance any of the above.

    September 26, 2014 at 7:15 am | Reply
  7. Ofra amikam

    Dear Ms. Amanpour,
    I watched your interview with the Emir of Qatar with great interest . I appreciate the direct questions you posed to him and the effort to get candid responses. With The issue of Hamass however I was sorry you didn't press on. Hamass was declared a terrorist organization due to the suicide bombing they carried out in Israel. The Emir's words on not supporting terrorists are an evasion which should have been challenged , and I have seen you challenging your interviewees many times.
    Thank you for your important work, ofra, Israel

    September 26, 2014 at 9:14 am | Reply
  8. Terence Hale

    Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Than visit to Germany was amusing to follow at a state reception dressed in sportware. His assertion that “We don't fund terrorists” is not true as your government know. The defined terrorists are not terrorists they are common criminals on the make. Hard may it be this is a legacy of the Bush / Blair interventions.

    September 26, 2014 at 9:50 am | Reply
  9. mike

    I agree with you; this guy is insane. There is no difference between Sunnis, ISIS killers, Shiites or other illusionists. All of them believe in a revenging God that does not exist. Those fanatic Jews in Israel are of the same type. Humanity will not reach the shores of peace and happiness unless unseen God will be rejected by majority of world's population.....And it will not happen soon.

    September 26, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
    • T.S.

      What? Religion isn't the only reason why there are wars. Saying rejection of God = peace is absurd.

      September 26, 2014 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  10. ISIS Commander John mcCain

    Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani: "We dont support terrorists....we ARE one of them"

    September 26, 2014 at 10:54 pm | Reply
  11. D. Bose

    Qatar is thousands of miles away from Syria. Qatar has no right to send terrorist to get rid of assad, who was elected by the people of Syria, but nobody has elected this Emir in Qatar. These countries ( UAE, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia) are financing terrorists for the entire region. Turkey is their depot. USA-UK-France are imperialist countries; they want to control the Middle East through these Emirs, Kings, Sultans.
    Terrorism in the Middle East was started by Jimmy Carter in 1978 when he had created Muzzahideens to destroy Afghanistan. It continues today in the form of ISIS or ISIL created by Obama-Kerry.
    Now USA is destroying the oil fields and oil refineries but protecting the countries which are the sources of terrorism:
    Those who fought against terrorism were all killed by the US alliances: Saddam Hussain, Gadaffi, Milosovich and now Assad.

    September 28, 2014 at 5:58 am | Reply
  12. D. Bose

    USA-UK-France are not attacking the terrorists; they are just destroying the infrastructure of Syria, which they always wanted to do with any excuse.

    September 28, 2014 at 6:16 am | Reply
  13. Western Propaganda

    I love how CNN misses to report about about their nazi friends in Ukraine.

    September 28, 2014 at 2:41 pm | Reply
  14. mahagony

    without the rich arabic countries and Turkey, ISIS wouldn't rise up that fast.

    And this, just because of a shia is on the governance.


    October 5, 2014 at 5:19 am | Reply
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    Mohammad Ali Taheri and other prisoners are in Iran prison because of their belief and you are just talking about human rights ...!
    How is your human rights?!
    How do you want to clear this real?!!!

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