Two decades after 9/11, UK authorities continue to allow Taliban to launder money in UK


It was also the subject of a 2012 report by the United Nations Security Council.

However, Ms Peters said hawala networks suspected of being involved in the Taliban and other terrorist funding via the UK were “still 100% ongoing”.

“When I was working for the DoD (Department of Defense), we came to London and met with the British about it,” she said.

“There was never really a comprehensive effort to track the money around Taliban drug trafficking – I begged that to happen.”

Accepting more sophisticated terrorist financing could ‘open a box of worms’

The United States has had some success against financial networks, for example by persuading the UAE Central Bank to revoke the Al Zarooni Exchange license for violating anti-money laundering regulations.

Ms Peters also echoed her former colleague’s concern over the UK authorities’ ability to deal with more sophisticated terrorist financing.

“Because the City of London has become such an important center for money laundering in general, there is reluctance on the part of the British to open this box of worms to look too closely,” she said. declared.

In January, Graeme Biggar, managing director of the National Economic Crime Center, warned the city that up to half of all the dirty money laundered by Russia was going through the UK.

Dr Rakib Ehsan, researcher at the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank, said: “We know that much of the financial and logistical support the Taliban has received comes from Pakistan, but that the ultimate origin of it. ‘part is the west.

“This is something that we, as a country, have not been as urgent as we should have been in terms of cracking down on these transfer activities.

“This is something we have to take very seriously.”

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