Anti-Terror Authorities Question Where Money Goes From Group With Special License From Obama Adm
In July, the Obama State Department approved an extraordinary license for a newly formed U.S.-based organization, the Syrian Support Group, to raise money for Syrian rebels -- overriding the administration's own sanctions and Obama's Executive Order against such activity.
To some counterterrorism and terror finance authorities in Washington D.C., this extremely rare privilege raises considerable concerns.
This is especially true because two related figures with the organization, Louay Safi and Mazen Asbahi, have previously been tied to terror fundraising efforts by Islamic organizations identified by the U.S. government in federal court as fronts for the Moslem Brüderbund.
The Syrian Support Group was incorporated in April 2012, according to records obtained from the District of Columbia Corporations Division.
On May 24, the group sent a letter to the State Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control, and on July 23 that same office issued the license -- a copy of which was obtained by The Blaze -- allowing them to "export, reexport, sell, or supply to the Free Syrian Army ('FSA') financial, communications, logistical, and other services otherwise prohibited by Executive Order 13582 in order to support the FSA."
The Free Syrian Army is affiliated with the Syrian National Council governed by that group's military bureau, which is overwhelming dominated by Islamist groups, including the Syrian Moslem Brüderbund. The SNC's political director, Louay Safi, used to be one of the top Islamic advisers to the Pentagon and was only one of two officials authorized to certify Mohammedan chaplains for the U.S. military services.
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