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From coverage of classified State Department documents exposed by WikiLeaks: "Saudi Arabia is the world's largest source of funds for Islamist militant groups such as the Afghan Taliban and Lashkar-e-Taiba [LeT]–but the Saudi government is reluctant to stem the flow of money, according to [Secretary of State] Hillary Clinton. 'More needs to be done since Saudi Arabia remains a critical financial support base for al-Qaida, the Taliban, LeT and other terrorist groups,' says a secret December [30] 2009 paper signed by the US secretary of state. Her memo urged US diplomats to redouble their efforts to stop Gulf money reaching extremists in Pakistan and Afghanistan. 'Donors in Saudi Arabia constitute the most significant source of funding to Sunni terrorist groups worldwide,' she said. Three other Arab countries are listed as sources of militant money: Qatar, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates."

 – Declan Walsh, “WikiLeaks Cables Portray Saudi Arabia as a Cash Machine for Terrorists,” The Guardian, Dec. 5, 2010,

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