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9/11 study: Saudis long ignored Al Qaeda funding

In the years before the Sept. 11 attacks, the government of Saudi Arabia “turned a blind eye to the financing of Al Qaeda by prominent religious and business leaders and organizations,” according to the most comprehensive study of terrorist financing ever made public. Even after Sept. 11, the study says, Saudi officials “appeared to be in denial that vast sums of money were flowing from Saudi Arabia to Al Qaeda and related terrorist groups, or that the government had any responsibility in connection with these money flows.” Not until Al Qaeda took its terrorism campaign to the Saudi capital of Riyadh in May 2003 did the government begin taking what the study calls “significant, concrete steps” to stem the flow of terrorist funding from the kingdom, as Saudis refer to their country. Full Story

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