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Saudis Aiding U.S. in Cutting Off Terrorism Funds, Panel Is Told

A panel of government terrorism experts testified Wednesday that a deadly attack last year in the Saudi capital of Riyadh had spurred the Saudi government to work more closely with the United States in stemming the flow of money to terrorist organizations like Al Qaeda and Hamas. At the same time, the panel pointed to the closed nature of Saudi society and banking institutions to say that more efforts were needed to stop money from reaching groups that consider themselves at war with the United States, Israel and their allies. “Their performance has not been flawless, and they have a large task before them,” J. Cofer Black, the State Department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said of the Saudi government as he appeared before a House subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia. “But we see clear evidence of the seriousness of purpose and the commitment of the leadership of the kingdom to this fight.” Full Story

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