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    http://www.geostrategy-direct.com/geostrategy-direct/secure/2005/1_04/2.asp Saudis ban major charity ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has banned a leading Islamic
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      Saudis ban major charity

      ABU DHABI — Saudi Arabia has banned a leading Islamic charity accused
      of financing groups deemed terrorists.

      Authorities have shut down the Administration of Mosques and Charity
      Projects, banning it from conducting any activities.

      "The decision was made to control the charities and prevent the ill
      motivated from penetrating them," an official said.

      Officials said the United States conveyed a request for the charity to
      be shut down. They did not elaborate.

      The Administration of Mosques and Charity Projects has asserted that
      it raised funds to build 1,500 Islamic schools in the kingdom and
      abroad since 1990. The group also said it has published Islamic tracts
      and provided preachers for mosques.

      This was the first time Saudi authorities shut down an Islamic charity
      since June 2004. At the time, Riyad dissolved Al Haramain Islamic
      Foundation, accused by the United States of financing Al Qaida.
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