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Saturday, August 07, 2004

Al-Qaeda bought diamonds ahead of Sept. 11 attacks

August 07 2004
A series of witnesses place six top al-Qaida fugitives in Africa buying up diamonds in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a confidential report by UN-backed prosecutors obtained by The Associated Press. The first-person accounts detailed by the prosecutors add to long-standing claims that al-Qaida laundered millions of dollars in terror funds through African diamonds before launching its deadliest offensive. ...

Al Qaida's alleged aim: snapping up diamonds in order to have easily convertible, untraceable resources after the first U.S.-led moves freezing al-Qaida bank accounts and other conventional assets worldwide in 1999. ... FR Reprint.

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