The Washington Times
October 14, 2013
The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the
al Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria — in
part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern
allies, Intelligence and national security community sources say.
Officials say they are tracking the movements of funds from various
wealthy individuals in the Persian Gulf, but the governments of key Gulf
countries are reluctant to crack down.
“Unless the money is actually in the U.S. financial system, you have
to point out to these governments where the money is going and try to
work with them to make sure it goes to legitimate groups,” said one U.S.
official who spoke with The Washington Times on the condition of
anonymity because of the sensitivity of intelligence related to tracking
“The U.S. can’t shut down bank accounts in Kuwait or Qatar,” the
official said. “We can tell them, ‘Look at what this person is doing.’”
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