Money, guns flowing from Kuwait to Syria’s most radical rebel factions
Jamie Dettmer, Fox News, Jul 11 2013 BEIRUT – Syrian rebels have a new source of weapons and cash from inside Kuwait, and their benefactors in the oil-rich state are sending the aid to the most militant and anti-West factions involved in the fight to topple Assad. The role of Saudi and Qatari governments and individuals in the funding and arming of Islamist fighters in Syria has been well known since the civil war began more than two years ago. But now, guns and money are flowing from private sources and Salafi-controlled NGOs based in Kuwait, and they are going to rebel factions aligned with al-Qaeda. Kuwaiti parliament member Sheikh Shafi’ Al-Ajami announced on Kuwaiti television last month: We are collecting money to buy all these weapons, so that our brothers will be victorious. Al-Ajami listed the black-market prices of weapons, including heat-seeking missiles, anti-aircraft guns and RPGs. Days later, Al-Ajami addressed a small throng outside the Lebanese Embassy in Kuwait and gleefully described slitting the throat of a Shi’ite Muslim in Syria. To shouts of “Allah hu Akhbar,” al-Ajami said, “We slaughtered him with knives.” The fundraising is open and, according to Norman Benotman, the president of the Quillam Foundation:
Kuwait’s government doesn’t dare intervene. If they tried to launch a police or security crackdown there’d be a backlash. The tribes themselves organize the activity. Every day there’s fundraising. It is not an undercover or secretive pursuit. It is part of the social life of Kuwait now. The government would have to go after mosques, tribes, elders and Sheikhs. It would not be good for the Kuwaiti government. It is the last thing they need. We are talking millions and millions. It isn’t just being collected from Kuwaitis, but is being sent there by other Gulf Arabs, especially from Saudi Arabia and the UAE, to get around security measures by those governments. Saudi Arabia and the UAE have established official channels for aid and the governments supervise the funds destined for Syria. Saudis and Emiratis don’t want to risk severe punishment. So they send it to individuals and charities in Kuwait instead. Any government action would risk targeting powerful Muslim charities such as the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society, a charity the US Treasury Dept blacklisted in 2008 for bankrolling al-Qaeda. The long-established Kuwaiti charity was also named in 2011 for fostering radicalism among Spain’s Muslim population by the Spanish spy agency CNI.
[ed notes;i dont ever post fox news however this is all true...in fact i exposed it earlier on my blog...also see... KUWAIT TERRORIST ORGANIZATION OFFSHOOT HOLDS CHARITY EVENT IN NY WITH
UNHCR ,FOR REFUGEE SYRIANS,BUT THIS ORGANIZATION PARTNERS WERE
DESIGNATED BY US TREASURY DEPT. AS SPONSORING TERRORISM... http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2012/04/kuwait-terrorist-organization-offshoot.html EXPOSED...SYRIA -VS- THE KUWAITI CENTER FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES SNAKE,THE GCC,AND ITS SECRET ISRAHELLI TIES... http://thenakedfacts.blogspot.com/2013/06/e-xposed.html
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