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February 25, 2015 11:30 am

White House Downplays Qatari Funding of Hamas as Emir Meets Obama

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US President Barack Obama meets with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani on Feb. 24, 2015. Photo: C-SPAN Screenshot.

Times of Israel – US President Barack Obama praised Qatar as a “strong partner” in the fight against Islamic State militants Tuesday, as he hosted Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani in the Oval Office.

“Qatar is a strong partner in our coalition to degrade and ultimately defeat ISIL,” said Obama, using a common acronym for the jihadist group.

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