Saudi Arabia Is Critical Source of Terror Funding

Money still flowing to al-Qaeda, Taliban, Hamas, and more: WikiLeaks
By Eiric Baardsen,  Newser User
Posted Dec 5, 2010 10:51 AM CST
Promoted on Newser Dec 5, 2010 5:32 PM CST
In this Sept. 10, 2010 file photo, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz al-Saud performs Eid al-Fitr prayers to mark the end of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Mecca, Saudi Arabia.   (AP Photo/Saudi Press Agency, File)

(User Submitted) – Saudi Arabia remains a major source of funding for various terrorist groups including al-Qaeda, the Taliban, and Hamas, according to US diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks today, reports AFP by way of Google News. While one cable touted what it termed the “significant progress" the Saudis have made in combating the funding, especially of al-Qaeda, it went on to say that “Riyadh has taken only limited action” to stem the tide of money flowing to the Taliban in Afghanistan and a Pakistani terror group.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's assessment, dated Dec. 30, 2009, reads: "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide." The cables also reveal that Qatar is the “worst in the region” regarding cooperation with the US on counterterrorism issues. Read the full article.

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