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U.S. Is Focusing on Dubai as Financial Center for Terrorists

Every day, millions of dollars sluice through bank accounts held in luminescent office towers overlooking the Persian Gulf, testimony to how this old trading port, with its lucrative oil supplies starting to run thin, has recast itself as the ultramodern Switzerland of the Arab world. But Western law enforcement and intelligence officials say that Dubai’s free-wheeling financial environment — a mix of modern wealth and ancient commerce — has allowed the country to become an important crossroads for financing terrorism. United States officials are focusing closely on Dubai, looking for ways to stop the flow of terrorists’ funds. But experts say there are daunting difficulties to penetrating the maze. Full Story

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