Publication Date : Monday 27 October 2014 11:02
Saudi clerics financing terrorists in Syria: Nusra ex-commander
A former commander of a Takfiri group in Syria has shed light on the financial resources of the militants fighting against the Syrian government.
Abu Leith al-Tabouki, who used to be a leader of the al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front, has said that some Saudi clerics play a great role in providing the financial resources of the militants.
He specifically named Salafi cleric, Adnan al-Aroor, as the main supplier of al-Nusra militants.
Tabouki said the fund is funneled to the militants via a mediator in an eastern region of Syria.
He also blamed the al-Nusra Front over its “corrupt structure,” adding that the group is operating under a weak and biased leadership.
Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since 2011. Western powers and some of their regional allies - especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey - are reportedly supporting the militants operating in Syria.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid al-Hussein has said that more than 200,000 people have died in the Syrian conflict since March 2011.