U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria

U.S. allies let funds flow to al Qaeda in Syria

The United States has had limited success cutting off funding to the al  Qaeda-linked fighters and foreign jihadists flowing into Syria — in part because of a lack of cooperation on the part of Middle Eastern allies,  Intelligence and national security community sources say.

Officials say they are tracking the movements of funds from various wealthy  individuals in the Persian Gulf, but the governments of key Gulf countries are  reluctant to crack down.

“Unless the money is actually in the U.S. financial system, you have to point  out to these governments where the money is going and try to work with them to  make sure it goes to legitimate groups,” said one U.S. official who spoke with  The Washington Times on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of  intelligence related to tracking such money.

“The U.S. can’t shut down bank accounts in Kuwait or Qatar,” the  official said. “We can tell them, ‘Look at what this person is doing.’”

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