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Al-Qaeda, Charles Taylor Partners in Blood Diamonds

Former Liberian president Charles Taylor sold conflict diamonds to known al-Qaeda operatives that may have been used to finance the September 11 attacks on the United States, according to a confidential report from the UN-backed war crimes court in Sierra Leone. “It is clear that al-Qaeda had been in west Africa since September 1998 and maintained a continuous presence in the area through 2002,” said the document, produced by the office of prosecutor David Crane. The document, gleaned from press reports, witnesses to sightings of al-Qaeda operatives in Liberia and interviews with a single, unnamed source, is the latest effort to link the global terror network to conflict diamonds mined during the civil war that ravaged the west African state for a decade. Full Story

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