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    WikiLeaks cables portray Saudi Arabia as a cash machine for terrorists

    Hillary Clinton memo highlights Gulf states' failure to block funding for groups like al-Qaida, Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba

    Saudi Arabia is the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba – but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to Hillary Clinton.

    "More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups," says a secret December 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

    "Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide," she said.

    Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.

    The cables highlight an often ignored factor in the Pakistani and Afghan conflicts: that the violence is partly bankrolled by rich, conservative donors across the Arabian Sea whose governments do little to stop them.

    The problem is particularly acute in Saudi Arabia, where militants soliciting funds slip into the country disguised as holy pilgrims, set up front companies to launder funds and receive money from government-sanctioned charities.

    One cable details how the Pakistani militant outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba, which carried out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, used a Saudi-based front company to fund its activities in 2005.

    Meanwhile officials with the LeT's charity wing, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, travelled to Saudi Arabia seeking donations for new schools at vastly inflated costs – then siphoned off the excess money to fund militant operations.

    Militants seeking donations often come during the hajj pilgrimage – "a major security loophole since pilgrims often travel with large amounts of cash and the Saudis cannot refuse them entry into Saudi Arabia". Even a small donation can go far: LeT operates on a budget of just $5.25m (£3.25m) a year, according to American estimates.

    Saudi officials are often painted as reluctant partners. Clinton complained of the "ongoing challenge to persuade Saudi officials to treat terrorist funds emanating from Saudi Arabia as a strategic priority".

    Washington is critical of the Saudi refusal to ban three charities classified as terrorist entities in the US. "Intelligence suggests that these groups continue to send money overseas and, at times, fund extremism overseas," she said.
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    I have to wonder what people expect the Saudi Government to do . . . they're in a difficult place dealing with a radical element who would HAPPILY over throw the Saudi Royal family and then we'd face an even more radical threat from them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    I have to wonder what people expect the Saudi Government to do . . . they're in a difficult place dealing with a radical element who would HAPPILY over throw the Saudi Royal family and then we'd face an even more radical threat from them.
    Sounds kinda like what happened in Iraq.
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    So we pay taxes to pay for American soldiers to help protect Saudi Arabia so the Saudi's can turn a blind eye to their country being used to finance terrorists that are killing American soldiers.

    Protect the Saudi royalty? Fuck them and the camels they were born from. China and Europe get more oil from the Middle Blech than we do, let them foot the bill for a few decades.

    And why are we in that shit hole commonly referred to as the Middle East? The total land mass of that backwards cesspool is not worth 1 drop of American blood.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    So we pay taxes to pay for American soldiers to help protect Saudi Arabia so the Saudi's can turn a blind eye to their country being used to finance terrorists that are killing American soldiers.

    Protect the Saudi royalty? Fuck them and the camels they were born from. China and Europe get more oil from the Middle Blech than we do, let them foot the bill for a few decades.

    And why are we in that shit hole commonly referred to as the Middle East? The total land mass of that backwards cesspool is not worth 1 drop of American blood.
    How do you conclude that a blind eye is being turned?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Molon Labe View Post
    Sounds kinda like what happened in Iraq.
    Iraq went to hell because of foreigners not because of the natives with rulers having being the chief radical element when they were in power. Saudi Arabia faces radicalization from within with the royal family being the moderating force.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    So we pay taxes to pay for American soldiers to help protect Saudi Arabia so the Saudi's can turn a blind eye to their country being used to finance terrorists that are killing American soldiers.

    Protect the Saudi royalty? Fuck them and the camels they were born from. China and Europe get more oil from the Middle Blech than we do, let them foot the bill for a few decades.

    And why are we in that shit hole commonly referred to as the Middle East? The total land mass of that backwards cesspool is not worth 1 drop of American blood.
    Someone actually gets it.

    Quote Originally Posted by PoliCon View Post
    How do you conclude that a blind eye is being turned?
    I think that post clearly lays out in simple terms how.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Madisonian View Post
    So we pay taxes to pay for American soldiers to help protect Saudi Arabia so the Saudi's can turn a blind eye to their country being used to finance terrorists that are killing American soldiers.
    We don't have soldiers in Saudi Arabia anymore. that's why we built big new bases in Qatar and upgraded our facilities in Kuwait.

    Protect the Saudi royalty? Fuck them and the camels they were born from. China and Europe get more oil from the Middle Blech than we do, let them foot the bill for a few decades.
    And just turn our back on agreements...treaties etc that we've made with them? YOu'd be throwing a tantrum if some counry decided to do that to us.

    And why are we in that shit hole commonly referred to as the Middle East? The total land mass of that backwards cesspool is not worth 1 drop of American blood.
    Considering I've been in Iraq and am currently deployed in Afghanistan. Let me tell you that from a truly informed standpoint...you're full of shit.

    With that line of thinking you sound exactly like a Libtard.
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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    Considering I've been in Iraq and am currently deployed in Afghanistan.
    How long will you be there?
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    Quote Originally Posted by txradioguy View Post
    We don't have soldiers in Saudi Arabia anymore. that's why we built big new bases in Qatar and upgraded our facilities in Kuwait.

    And just turn our back on agreements...treaties etc that we've made with them? YOu'd be throwing a tantrum if some counry decided to do that to us.

    Considering I've been in Iraq and am currently deployed in Afghanistan. Let me tell you that from a truly informed standpoint...you're full of shit.

    With that line of thinking you sound exactly like a Libtard.
    Uh...yeah we kinda do have troops still in Saudi. Several thousand to be precise. We've got troops stationed all over Taif Air Base, Eskan Village and Rihad. Who's the uninformed again? There's a lot of people who've been overseas serving who have come to the opposite conclusion that you have. The "I've been deployed" and that somehow makes me and expert on middle eastern culture and and I'm now a qualified "anthropologist" is a bit of a stretch.

    That's some comedy gold qualifing someone as a libtard , when endless intervention was invented by the LEFT.
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