Back when David Cameron was Britain’s prime minister, he commissioned an inquiry into revenue streams for extremist groups.
Cameron agreed, reluctantly, to produce the report if the Liberal Democrats supported an extension of British airstrikes on the Islamic State militant group.
They did, and the study was commissioned. Now, nearly 18 months later, that report has become famous. And it’s not because of what’s in it. At least, not exactly.
A leaked report from Germany’s federal intelligence service found that several Persian Gulf groups had funded religious schools and radical Salafist preachers in mosques worldwide, calling it a “long-term strategy of influence.” The Henry Jackson Society, a foreign affairs think tank in Britain, says there is a “clear and growing link” between “Islamist organizations in receipt of overseas funds, hate preachers and Jihadist groups promoting violence.” It, too, has called for a public inquiry into Saudi Arabia’s role.
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