Part of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Dubai may indeed have one of the fastest growing economies in the world, but there are some other things the mayor of Phoenix should know about the UAE:

1. The UAE was one of just three nations to recognize the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. The other two were Saudi Arabia and Pakistan.

2. Dubai is widely known as the smuggling point for high tech equipment into Iran to bypass US and international sanctions.

3. Then-CIA director George Tenet testified before the 9/11 Commission that the US was set to strike an Al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan several years ago but called off the mission because of the presence of royalty from Dubai.

4. To this day, reports that we have cited here on Shariah Finance Watch Blog indicate that the UAE continues to be a conduit for funds to Taliban Jihadists.

There was a time that this would have been called “trading with the enemy.” But we suppose times have changed. Doing business with those who seek to do us harm seems to be politically correct these days…   


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