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Saudi Arabia is the 'foremost' funder of terrorism in the UK, according to a prominent think tank
by Kieran Corcoran
Business Insider UK
- Suadi Arabia accused of promoting an interpretation of Islam which lends itself to violent extremism.
- The Henry Jackson Society says the kingdom is funding the distribution of "hardline and illiberal texts" in British bookshops, schools, and colleges.
- Saudi diplomats said the allegations were "baseless and lack credible evidence."
Suadi Arabia is the most prominent provider of funding for terrorism in Britain, according to a report by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS) think tank.
The Gulf state was accused of spending as much as £3.1 billion ($4 billion) per year worldwide promoting an interpretation of Islam which lends itself to violent extremism, much of which finds its way to the UK.
The report, titled Foreign Funded Islamist Extremism in the UK, was published on Wednesday morning and outlined methods the kingdom allegedly uses to advance a "hardline" interpretation of Wahhabi Islam.
Saudi diplomats in London rejected the findings of the HJS, a right-leaning think tank which publishes extensively on Islamic terrorism.
In a statement to the BBC, the Saudi embassy said claims it supports terrorism are "baseless and lack credible evidence." It continued: "We do not and will not condone the actions or ideology of violent extremism and we will not rest until these deviants and their organisations are destroyed."
The embassy did not respond to requests for comment from Business Insider.
The 14-page HJS report points to Saudi-funded institutions active in the UK, and their links to known extremists.