Spokesman Admits Saudi Arabia’s Multi-Billion-Dollar Aid to Al-Qaeda

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TEHRAN (FNA)- Spokesman of the Saudi Interior Ministry Mansour al-Turki admitted his government’s huge financial assistance to the al-Qaeda terrorist group under the disguise of charity aid.

“This multi-billion-dollar aid has been collected using Saudi Arabia’s monetary system,” Turki told BBC in an interview on Tuesday.

He said that the money was gathered from the Saudi people by certain groups who claimed that they would use it for charity.

“They told people that their money will be used for the poor but unfortunately, the money was spent for supporting al-Qaeda in Afghanistan financially,” Turki said.

The regional and international analysts agree on the Saudi origin of al-Qaeda.



Last year, an Al-Qaeda terrorist, sentenced to life imprisonment in the US, said that members of the Saudi royal family sponsored the terrorist network in the 1990s.

Prominent members of the Saudi royal family supported the terrorist network Al-Qaeda in the 1990’s, said Zacarias Moussaoui, an Al-Qaeda terrorist convicted to life imprisonment in the US, according to the New York Times.

In his letter to a judge of the US federal court in New York last year, Moussaoui wrote that members of the Saudi royal family, such as former Intelligence Chief Prince Bandar Bin Sultan and the ambassador of the country in the United States, Prince al-Waleed Bin Talal, were major donors to the terrorist organization in the late 1990s.

Moussaoui said he was responsible for creating a digital database of donors, so that Osama Bin Laden could have an overview of those who had contributed to militancy. He also claimed that he negotiated a plan with a member of the Saudi embassy in the US to shoot down the US president’s plane ‘Air Force One’ with a Stinger missile.

Also, Syrian Ambassador to Jordan Bahjat Suleiman called Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan “the real gang leader of terrorists fighting in Syria”.

Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief Prince Bandar bin Sultan is the head of Al-Qaeda terrorist group and the founder of the ISIL in Syria, Suleiman said in 2013.

Suleiman said, Osama Bin Laden was the founder of Al-Qaeda, Aymen Zahiri is their apparent leader, and Bandar bin Sultan is the real leader of Al-Qaeda.

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