With Oxfam in crisis after it was revealed staff in Haiti used prostitutes, CNN has uncovered evidence that Western aid money is being used to directly fund terrorist groups.
A long-running investigation has revealed that money given directly by the United Nations to people displaced by conflict and famine in Africa is ending up in the hands of al-Qa’eda affiliate al-Shabaab.
Former members of the group and Somali intelligence agents have described how it is making thousands of dollars a day, amounting to millions of dollars a year, through extortion at road blocks and taxes on merchants trying to transport food and supplies to displaced people.
According to one former al-Shabaab ‘tax collector’ who now works for the security services, the terror group would take around $3 per bag of rice delivered by aid agencies.
Western aid agencies have a troubled history in the region. In the 1990s, some paid warlords to gain access to hundreds of thousands of people who had been deliberately starved.
This strategy only made matters worse, as warlords worked to keep the famine going in order to keep aid money flowing. The practice was only halted after intense international pressure forced Western nations to intervene militarily.
Yet, 25 years on from the infamous Black Hawk Down incident, which cost the lives of 18 US servicemen and led to the eventual withdrawal of the US humanitarian mission, “the systems of corruption and manipulation of aid in Somalia remain, and have now been co-opted to finance a terrorist movement that controls about a third of the country and may become a magnet for Isis jihadists on the run from their former caliphate in Syria and Iraq”, reports CNN.
It is also far from an isolated incident. Earlier this year, the US announced it was withholding $225m (£166m) in aid from Pakistan over allegations the county was using the money to fund state-sponsored terrorism.
Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations, said there were “clear reasons” for stopping the payment, adding that Pakistan had “played a double game for years”.
The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 1, 2018
The British government has also been accused of indirectly funding terrorist groups. A BBC Panorama investigation last December found taxpayers’ cash was being diverted to extremists in Syria.
Last month, the leader of Islamic terrorist group al-Qaeda has called on Muslims to wage global war against the United States in a speech marking the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.
In a rambling 30-minute address entitled “How do we face America?” released Tuesday, Ayman al-Zawahri sought to define the U.S. as a religious enemy of Muslims.
He cited Washington’s move of its diplomatic mission in Israel from Tel Aviv to the capital Jerusalem as evidence of that enmity.
The SITE intelligence group, which monitors media material by militants across the world, released an English transcript of the speech.
“America (is) the number one enemy of Muslims … despite of its professed secularism,” al-Zawahri said in one part of the video. the terrorist leader outlined 14 directives to fight the U.S., including an appeal for Muslim unity and jihadists to close ranks as one.
He concluded by describing Americans as “weak, humble beings like the rest of mankind” and urged Muslims to strike “on the enemy’s turf.”
Zawahiri previously released a recording on May 14, the day on which the U.S. relocated its embassy, in which he urged Muslims to carry out jihad against the U.S.
The Egyptian doctor who assumed leadership of the global terror group after its founder Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S.special forces in 2011 made his call in a video titled “Tel Aviv is Also a Land of Muslims.”
U.S. President Donald Trump “was clear and explicit, and he revealed the true face of the modern Crusade, where standing down and appeasement does not work with them, but only resistance through the call and jihad,” al-Zawahiri said, according to a transcript provided by SITE.
The terrorist leader of al-Qaeda’s “core” – the group that was responsible for carrying out the terror attacks against America on September 11, 2001 – has made other calls for a bloody revolution against U.S. interests by Muslims.
James E Windsor, Overpasses News Desk
October 3rd, 2018