Counter-Terrorism: Crippling Terrorist Support In The West


April 24, 2009: Canadian intelligence officials have revealed that a major Tamil charity was actually a conduit for millions of dollars in contributions that were used to buy military goods for Tamil LTTE rebels in Sri Lanka. There, the Tamil minority had been fighting, for over two decades, to partition the island between Tamils (about ten percent of the population) and everyone else. The LTTE has finally been defeated, and in the process more evidence of these overseas fund raising and smuggling (weapons and other military goods) operations.

This is nothing new. Several Islamic charities have been successfully prosecuted, since September 11, 2001, for doing the same thing. The U.S. took years of effort to get Saudi Arabia to shut down charities in its territory that were supporting terrorism. Terrorist organization prefer to set up support organizations in Europe and North America, as they can safely stash their families, and key operatives there by having them all claim asylum. This, until recently, was something these nations were often quick to offer, and were quite tolerant of terrorist activity. But these nations, especially the ones that were subjected to terrorist attacks, are much less accommodating these days.



Article Archive

Counter-Terrorism: Current 2021 2020 2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 



Help Keep Us Soaring

We need your help! Our subscription base has slowly been dwindling. We need your help in reversing that trend. We would like to add 20 new subscribers this month.

Each month we count on your subscriptions or contributions. You can support us in the following ways:

  1. Make sure you spread the word about us. Two ways to do that are to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  2. Subscribe to our daily newsletter. We’ll send the news to your email box, and you don’t have to come to the site unless you want to read columns or see photos.
  3. You can contribute to the health of StrategyPage. A contribution is not a donation that you can deduct at tax time, but a form of crowdfunding. We store none of your information when you contribute..
Subscribe   Contribute   Close