AL-HARAMAIN FOUNDATION (UNION OF THE COMOROS)

QDe.116
AL-HARAMAIN FOUNDATION (UNION OF THE COMOROS)
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee's website: 
30 October 2009
Date(s) on which the narrative summary was updated: 
15 June 2015
Reason for listing: 

Al-Haramain Foundation (Union of the Comoros) was listed on 28 September 2004 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 16 of resolution 1526 (2004) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf or in support of” Al-Qaida (QDe.004).

Additional information: 

Al-Haramain Foundation (Union of the Comoros) provided financial, material or technological support to the network of Al-Qaida (QDe.004) and Usama bin Laden (deceased), and was owned, controlled by, acted for or on behalf of, or was otherwise associated with this network .

Al-Haramain (Union of the Comoros) was a branch of the Saudi Arabia-based Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation which presented itself as a private, charitable and educational non-governmental organization. When viewed as a single entity, Al-Haramain was one of the principal NGOs active throughout the world providing support for the Al-Qaida network. Funding generally came from individual benefactors and special campaigns which targeted selected business entities around the world.

The Al-Haramain branches in Bosnia and Herzegovina (QDe.071), Somalia (QDe.072), Indonesia (QDe.103), Kenya (QDe.105), Tanzania (QDe.106), Pakistan (QDe.104), Afghanistan (QDe.110), Albania (QDe.111), Bangladesh (QDe.112), Ethiopia (QDe.113), the Netherlands (QDe.114), and the Union of the Comoros have provided financial, material and/or technological support to the Al-Qaida network, including Jemaah Islamiyah (QDe.092), Al-Itihaad al-Islamiya / AIAI (QDe.002), the Egyptian Islamic Jihad (QDe.003) and Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (QDe.118). These terrorist organizations received funding from Al-Haramain and used Al-Haramain as a front for fundraising and operational activities.

Al-Haramain Foundation (AHF) has had operations throughout the Union of the Comoros.
In 1998, two associates of AHF in the Comoros were linked to Al-Qaida. The Union of the Comoros was used as a staging area and ex-filtration route for the perpetrators of the 1998 bombings of the United States Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania. AHF branches in Kenya and Tanzania provided financial and other operational support to these terrorist attacks.