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SAUDI ARABIAN CHARITY: IIRO OFFERS CHARITY OR EXTREMISM?

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The International Islamic Relief Organisation (IIRO), a government-sponsored charity from Saudi Arabia is accused by the US of spreading extremism and funding terrorism.

Pakistan's Faisal mosque

Saudi influence is pervasive, from the soaring minarets of Islamabad’s Faisal mosque(above) – the largest in Asia – to the corridors of power, where Saudi officials enjoy privileged access. In the past decade Riyadh has subsidised Pakistan’s oil supply, offered gilded exile to the opposition leader Nawaz Sharif, and even attempted to solve its extremist woes.

The IIRO has also come under scrutiny. In 2009 the US secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, privately warned that US intelligence had discovered the IIRO and two other state-backed charities “continue to send money overseas and, at times, fund extremism overseas”, according to diplomatic cables released through WikiLeaks.

Files from Guantánamo Bay published this year show at least six detainees had been employed by IIRO, which US officials described as a “tier one terrorist NGO”.

Saudi money has been flowing into Pakistan since the 1980s, when state and private donors funded an explosion of madrasas. Many come from the Ahle Hadith school of Islam, a strict version of the faith that is close to the Salafist faith taught in Saudi Arabia.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/29/saudi-charity-pakistan-extremism

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Islamic_Relief_Organization

CIA report on NGOs with terror links:
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/CIA_Report_on_NGOs_With_Terror_Links

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