Years of speculation and investigation has uncovered a DEEP web off problems for the former president, Obama. The Middle East forum says they uncovered that the Obama administration approved $200,000 worth of grants to an al-Qaeda affiliate in Sudan. Grants paid for with taxpayers money! The report also shows that $115,000 was approved AFTER the administration allegedly learned it was a designated terror organization.
The group has been on a list of terrorist funders for a decade so how did they not know in the first place? It sounded so insane we had to keep digging to find out more. Even Snopes gave this claim the ‘green light’ as being true.
According to RWN, Obama administration officials approved the release of well over $100k although they were informed that the group “Khartoum-based Islamic Relief Agency” was affiliated with Osama bin Laden and Maktab al-Khidamat, which is the same group which eventually became what we all know as al-Qaeda today.
The story began in October 2004, when the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated the Khartoum-based Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA), also known as the Islamic African Relief Agency (IARA), as a terror-financing organization. It did so because of ISRA’s links to Osama bin Laden and his organization Maktab al-Khidamat (MK), the precursor of al-Qaeda.
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. In 2010, the executive director of IARA-USA and a board member pled guilty to money-laundering, theft of public funds, conspiracy, and several other charges.
ISRA powerful influence spread all the way Washington and reportedly corrupting Congressman Mark Siljander. Siljander, pled guilty in 2010 to acting as an unregistered foreign agent and obstructing justice once an investigation uncovered that he received $75,000 from IARA-USA – allegedly “using misappropriated USAID grant money — to lobby the government, in an attempt to remove the charity from the government’s terror list.”