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Former President Obama Knowingly Funded an Al-Qaeda Affiliate

A stunning new report released this week shows former President Barack Obama’s administration intentionally funded an Islamic terrorist-financing organization with hundreds of thousands of dollars. They did this, even though the group has been officially designated by the U.S. government as a funder of terrorist activities for more than 10 years.

Officials in the Obama administration approved the use of more than $100,000 to the Khartoum-based Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), which was associated with Osama bin Laden and Maktab al-Khidamat, the group which eventually became the modern al-Qaeda.

ISRA is also sometimes referred to as the Islamic African Relief Agency, and they accepted more than $200,000 from American taxpayers via a grant from the Obama administration, which spent more than $115,000 on terror-affiliated groups.

Sam Westrop of National Review has the exclusive report:

According to the U.S. Treasury, in 1997 ISRA established formal cooperation with MK. By 2000, ISRA had raised $5 million for bin Laden’s group. The Treasury Department notes that ISRA officials even sought to help “relocate [bin Laden] to secure safe harbor for him.” It further reports that ISRA raised funds in 2003 in Western Europe specifically earmarked for Hamas suicide bombings.

The 2004 designation included all of ISRA’s branches, including a U.S. office, called the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA-USA). Eventually, it became known that this American branch had illegally transferred over $1.2 million to Iraqi insurgents and other terror groups, including, reportedly, the Afghan terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatyar.

Westrop reports that USAID in July of 2014 approved $73,405 of taxpayer dollars to go to World Vision, Inc., which is where $200,000 “was directed to a sub-grantee: ISRA.”

That’s quite a bombshell, considering that World Vision informed USAID in 2014 that ISRA was on the terrorist organization list and they needed to wait on Obama’s Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) for approval of the transfer. That to engage in transactions was rejected, but as National Review adds:

Despite OFAC’s ruling, in February, World Vision wrote to OFAC and Obama-administration official Jeremy Konyndyk (who then served as director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance) to apply to OFAC for a new license from USAID to pay ISRA “monies owed for work performed.” According to Larry Meserve, USAID’s mission director for Sudan, World Vision argued that if they did not pay ISRA, “their whole program will be jeopardized.”…

…Then, incredibly, on May 7, 2015 — after “close collaboration and consultations with the Department of State” — OFAC issued a license to a World Vision affiliate, World Vision International, authorizing “a one-time transfer of approximately $125,000 to ISRA,” of which “$115,000 was for services performed under the sub-award with USAID” and $10,000 was “for an unrelated funding arrangement between Irish Aid and World Vision.”

Clearly, the Obama administration wanted this transfer to happen and wasn’t going to let anything stand in the way.

Terrorist groups thrived for eight years of Obama and grew in number. But under President Donald Trump’s leadership, a serious commitment to stopping terrorism is swiftly reversing that trend.

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