Originally appeared at DWN, translated by Karin exclusively for SouthFront
According to a report of the British House of Commons, people and families from the Gulf States are financing the terrorist militia ISIS. Obviously the Arab royal houses have approved financing. Saudi Arabia is the closest ally of the US and the EU in the Middle East.
A British parliamentary report, which was published on Tuesday, concluded to have “historical evidence” for the financing of the terrorist militia ISIS by the Arab Gulf States. The British Foreign Office reported that individuals and families, who are linked to the royal family in Saudi Arabia, are actively involved in the financing of ISIS. The Foreign Affairs Committee of the British parliament calls in a final evaluation of the financing of ISIS for the need of “tough questions to be asked of close friends”, when it comes to check how donations to ISIS have been made in Iraq and Syria. However, the Foreign Ministry in London points out that the ISIS-financing was not encouraged or supported by governments in the region. The donors in the region were individuals.
However, evidently the Saudi intelligence also played a major role in the expansion of ISIS. Prince Bandar bin Sultan, former ambassador to Washington and former intelligence chief of Saudi Arabia, is have to played a leading role in the “from ISIS led Sunni rebellion”, according to The Independent News. In addition, no donations to ISIS from Saudi Arabia would just flow spontaneously. Without a blessing of the Saudi royal family donations would not be possible to the terrorist militia.
Under the code name “Timber Sycamore” for years close intelligence cooperation between the US and the Gulf States exists. It began in the spring of 2013 with the massive arming of Islamist mercenaries for the Syria conflict, reports the New York Times. While the Saudis provide the money, the Americans take over the military training of mercenaries.