Petrodollars, Salafism & Terrorism News
Imad al Alami is set to replace current leader Ismail Haniyeh as political leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip. As a founding member of the group, he has advanced Hamas’ agenda through the years by building longstanding relations with Iran, a major Hamas financier, and Turkey, a de facto Hamas headquarters.
Emails recently leaked by WikiLeaks suggest that U.S. authorities are fully aware of the extent of their long-standing Gulf partners’ double game – formally criminalizing terror financing while strategically sponsoring extremist and terrorist groups – and seem determined to deal with it primarily through soft power strategies.
Last Friday the U.S. Treasury announced its decision to delist the Oregon-based branch of Al Haramain Foundation, designated as a terrorist entity for its strong links to al-Qaeda and the Saudi government. The move sparks doubts about the ultimate nature and value of the terrorist designation process in the U.S.