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Quiet war waged on financing of terror

U.S. educates nations on money laundering. As thousands of U.S. soldiers trained for possible war against Iraq in the northern Kuwaiti desert last week, four American officials, clad in suits instead of camouflage, visited this city to address a quieter front in the larger U.S. war on terrorism. The U.S. government says its proposed invasion of Iraq is part of the American effort against terrorism. The Bush administration claims Iraqi President Saddam Hussein is harboring members of al-Qaeda, the terrorist group behind the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. He also has amassed chemical and biological weapons that, in the hands of terrorists, could wreak even more devastating consequences, the White House says. But Iraq was barely mentioned last weekend in the showy headquarters of the Arab League’s nonprofit lending bank, the Arab Fund for Economic and Social Development. The four Americans, representing the U.S. Customs Service and the Justice and Treasury departments, came armed with PowerPoint slides in English and Arabic and told their Kuwaiti hosts they believe that al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups are still being bankrolled through a complex global money-laundering network, despite an intense international effort to shut the system down. Full Story

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