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Report: Foreign Donations Are Single Largest Source of Talibanís Funding
Fox News ^ | Sep 27 | Not given

Posted on 09/27/2009 4:54:52 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out

Afghanistan’s Taliban-led insurgency is so heavily funded by foreign donations that U.S. and Afghan officials say it may be impossible to obstruct the group’s money supply, the Washington Post reported Sunday.

The Obama administration said the group’s single largest source of funding comes from foreign donations -- not drugs like opium -- according to the newspaper.

The CIA reportedly estimates that the Taliban received $106 billion in foreign money last year alone -- making it difficult for intelligence officials to track the terrorist group’s money flow.

United Nations’ Taliban and Al Qaeda Monitoring Team Coordinator Richard Barrett, told the Washington Post that Taliban supporters have grown much more skillful at masking their donations.

U.S. officials say they suspect that the Pakistani military and intelligence operatives continue to fund the insurgency -- not the Saudi and other Gulf governments, which gave the group substantial financial support in the 1990s -- the newspaper reported.

U.S. and Afghan officials said the diversified funds have allowed the Taliban to expand with relative ease, the Post reported.

David S. Cohen, the Treasury Department’s assistant secretary for terrorist financing, told the Post, “We’re going after this with a great deal of urgency and a huge amount of effort to even more effectively disrupt the networks that fund the Taliban.”

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: afghanistan; chuckposts; globaljihad; moneytrail; taliban

1 posted on 09/27/2009 4:54:53 PM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out
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2 posted on 09/27/2009 4:56:35 PM PDT by counterpunch (In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem. Government is the problem.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

$106 billion!! That is a lot of money for a bunch of nomads that live in caves. You would there would some way to stop it.


3 posted on 09/27/2009 4:57:35 PM PDT by Uncle Hal
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

WaPo just took the lead part in the set-up to bail from Afghanistan, that much is clear, anyway!


4 posted on 09/27/2009 5:00:55 PM PDT by Vn_survivor_67-68 (CALL CONGRESSCRITTERS TOLL-FREE @ 1-800-965-4701)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Look for donations to go up now that we have a coward in chief who gets all squeamish about the term “victory in Afghanistan”.


5 posted on 09/27/2009 5:01:50 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (The Second Amendment. Don't MAKE me use it.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Code Pink?


6 posted on 09/27/2009 5:07:26 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

It was a big mistake for the Yanks and Brits to get involved with trying to stem the poppy production. The Afghans loved the US, Thank You Reagan!, and they expected us to respect their freedom to engage in whatever business they wanted. We suffered a set-back because of OUR drug policy.


7 posted on 09/27/2009 5:07:29 PM PDT by Poincare
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

BOMB IRAN and ask questions later!


8 posted on 09/27/2009 5:07:50 PM PDT by WellyP
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Foreign Donations Are Single Largest Source of Taliban’s Funding

Something in common w/ -10bama and his campaign last fall.

9 posted on 09/27/2009 5:15:46 PM PDT by C210N (A patriot for a Conservative Renaissance!)
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To: counterpunch

exactly


10 posted on 09/27/2009 5:21:59 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: C210N
Report: Foreign Donations Are Single Largest Source of Taliban’s Funding Barry's Un-Audited Campaign Fund

Fixed.

11 posted on 09/27/2009 5:27:58 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.....)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

Probably from George Soro’s and Moveon.org


12 posted on 09/27/2009 5:45:15 PM PDT by ncfool (Cash for Clunkers - A big failure and Obama and rats want us to trust them with our healthcare!)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
$106 billion is a lot of money, and that's just what's going to the Taliban. Much of it comes fromm you, me, and a lot of other Freepers plus other American citizens via Saudi Arabia.

Right now, we are paying for both sides of the War on Terror. That war will never stop until we find a way to stop bankrolling the other side.

13 posted on 09/27/2009 5:51:53 PM PDT by rmh47 (Go Kats! - Got Seven? [NRA Life Member])
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
A Cobrathon?


14 posted on 09/27/2009 5:56:30 PM PDT by wally_bert (It's sheer elegance in its simplicity! - The Middleman)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out

the electric car,
is our only hope


15 posted on 09/27/2009 6:14:32 PM PDT by element92
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To: counterpunch; Velveeta; WestCoastGal; Rushmore Rocks; Oorang; MestaMachine; milford421; Godzilla; ..
TM Ping.
16 posted on 09/27/2009 8:51:25 PM PDT by LucyT ("The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money." - M.Thatcher)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
It's an old saying that, regarding war, amateurs study tactics, and professionals study logistics.

In terrorism, replace "logistics" with "finance". As long as terrorism is heavily funded, it will be impossible to eradicate. Yes, terrorists get killed, but then so do drug dealers and there is a never-ending supply of replacement drug dealers nonetheless.

The real target needs to be the financial sources. Exterminate them, and the terrorist organizations will wither away.

17 posted on 09/28/2009 6:15:55 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
The CIA reportedly estimates that the Taliban received $106 billion in foreign money last year alone

Wait a minute! This can't be right.

This would have the Taliban having a larger budget than the US Army. The entire defense budget of Great Britain is just around $60B. The entire defense budget of Pakistan is just $12B.

I think somebody said "billion" when he meant "million", or reported a figure in Pakistani Rupees (70 to the dollar) as dollars.

18 posted on 09/28/2009 6:58:54 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: chuck_the_tv_out
Boston Globe reports the amount as $106 MILLION, not billion, which is a more likely number.
19 posted on 09/28/2009 7:06:21 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Public healthcare looks like it will work as well as public housing did.)
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To: PapaBear3625

Good catch. Certainly a less scary number.


20 posted on 09/28/2009 7:14:58 AM PDT by chuck_the_tv_out ( <<< click my name: now featuring Freeper classifieds)
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