Saudi Donors Provide Most Funding for al Qaeda, Leaked Cable Says
November 30, 2010
(ChattahBox World News)—With all of the news being reported based on the cables that Wikileaks released this week, it’s hard to maintain focus on just one small issue contained in the documents. But one topic that may deserve more attention is the New York Times’ report that “Saudi donors remain the chief financiers of Sunni militant groups like al Qaeda,” which was mentioned almost as an aside as part of a broader article covering the leaked cables.
Despite the fact that the Times did not provide additional details besides that statement, it has taken many analysts by surprise, notes rawstory.com. Although previous news sources have indicated that al Qaeda has raised money in Saudi Arabia, senior officials had previously not supported that claim.
The news comes as a shock mostly due to the fact that Saudi Arabia remains an American ally in the Gulf, rawstory.com notes.