NY Times: Saudis And U.S. Have Ties To Funding Terror
The Saudis deny it, but they are accused of funding al Qaeda. And the United States, during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, funded the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, many of whom became fighters under bin Laden.
[su_thin_right_skyscraper_ad]Throughout the 1980s, Saudi Arabia and the United States were partners in bankrolling the mujahedeen, hailed as freedom fighters by President Ronald Reagan, who were battling the Soviet military in Afghanistan.
Some of those fighters coalesced under the leadership of Bin Laden in 1988 to form Al Qaeda, which soon put the Saudi state on its list of enemies along with the United States. While private Saudi support for Bin Laden’s organization continued to flow, experts who study the kingdom said they doubted it would have come from top officials like those named by [former Qaeda operative, Zacarias] Moussaoui, at least after 1994.
…the kingdom has continued to support militant groups other than Al Qaeda and armed tribes that it sees as advancing its policies in Libya, Syria and elsewhere. And at home, the kingdom’s traditional religious establishment promotes and enforces a strict interpretation of Islam.
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