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Islamic Charities Say Mauritania Has Shut Them

Mauritania, which blamed Islamists for inciting a failed coup attempt last month, has ordered the closure of two Saudi Arabian Islamic charities, one of the organisations said on Monday. The attempted coup by renegade soldiers on June 8 followed the arrest of dozens of Islamists and activists of the pan-Arab Baath party sympathetic to Saddam Hussein amid signs of unrest after the U.S.-led war on Iraq. President Maaouya Ould Sid’Ahmed Taya, whose country’s economy could be revolutionised by oil reserves discovered offshore, accused Islamists of inciting support for the coup bid, the most serious challenge to his rule since his own coup in 1984. A representative of the Saudi Preaching Centre said it and another Islamic charity, the Global Islamic Rescue Organisation, had been visited by government officials on Sunday who served them with official notices ordering them to close. Full Story

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