An Iraqi news agency has revealed more evidence linking Saudi Arabia with terror. The Buratha news service published what it said it is a secret document disclosing how much money the Saudi kingdom has transferred to Al-Qaeda in Iraq. The kingdom reportedly sends explosives and weapons to terrorist groups in Iraq.
Saudi Arabia did not comment on the report and instead criticized intelligence officials for disclosing the document. Buratha said that King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz ordered a special committee to investigate the intelligence leak and inform him about those liable in the case. Saudi authorities reportedly have arrested 37 of the country’s intelligence officials for being behind the leak.
It was published shortly after former Saudi army officer Abdullah al-Qahtani was arrested in Iraq over charges of planning a terrorist attack during the upcoming FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
The Saudi kingdom publicly condemns terror but frequently has been accused of financing terrorists and terrorism. It also has been charged with direct involvement in the September 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. A third airliner aimed at the White House crashed instead in a field in Pennsylvania after passengers, knowing they were doomed, rushed their terrorist captors and sent the plane into a nosedive a scant few miles short of its target. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the multiple aerial attacks were Saudis.
A report two years ago by the Times of London dubbed Saudi Arabia as a “hub of world terror” and reported that the kingdom “supplies the cash and the killers.” Two sons of the Saudi ruling family have been killed fighting for Al-Qaeda.
Despite Saudi Arabia's friendly connections with the United States and other Western countries, Stuart Levey, the U.S. Treasury official in charge of tracking terror financing, was quoted by the Times as saying, “If I could somehow snap my fingers and cut off the funding from one country, it would be Saudi Arabia.”
NBC previously has reported that approximately 55 percent of foreign terrorist fighters in Iraq are from Saudi Arabia.
Former Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold wrote several years ago, “Saudi Arabia's past involvement in international terrorism is indisputable. Saudi denials about terrorist funding don't hold water.”
He cited Palestinian Authority documents captured by IDF forces that detailed allocations of funds for terror by the International Islamic Relief Organization, whose board of directors is headed by Saudi cabinet members.