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Saudi Cash Scrutinized by U.S. for Terror Ties

Even as they nurture a partnership with Saudi Arabia to smash Al Qaeda, U.S. officials are quietly investigating whether funds disbursed by the Riyadh government have helped finance the spread of international terrorism. Counter-terrorism officials involved in the highly secretive effort, which has included the subpoenaing of Saudi government bank records here, said it is one of their most pressing and politically sensitive priorities: tracing as much as $4 billion a year that the Saudi government has spent worldwide, partly in an effort to gain support for its strict brand of conservative Islam, known as Wahhabism. Full Story

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