What Qatar Owes Afghanistan’s Refugees

Through Jonathan Schanzer and Bill Roggio

A year after the Biden administration’s disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the refugee crisis is only getting worse. By the end of last year, 3.5 million people had been displaced within Afghanistan’s borders and more than two million were fleeing the country, according to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Washington has a significant responsibility for this, and it should do more to help.

But so should another American ally: Qatar. The tiny desert kingdom played a key role in facilitating the Taliban’s conquest of Afghanistan last year. In the early 2010s, senior Taliban leaders, with support from the Qatari government, moved to the country’s capital, Doha, to set up an office for talks with the Obama administration. Qatar’s acceptance of the Taliban hardly came as a shock. The country has served as a haven for members of many extremist groups, including Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and al-Qaeda affiliates. This makes Qatar a de facto state sponsor of terrorism, but also gives it significant geopolitical power. Qatar, a country smaller in area than Connecticut with fewer than 300,000 people, has a seat at the negotiating table in several Middle East conflicts.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/what-qatar-owes-afghanistans-refugees-doha-taliban-hamas-al-qaeda-middle-east-the-muslim-brotherhood-11660600610 What Qatar Owes Afghanistan’s Refugees

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