Startling revelations: IS operative confesses to getting funds via US

Pakistan has shared the confessions with top US officials, including John Kerry

Naveed Miraj January 28, 2015
Pakistan has shared the confessions with top US officials, including John Kerry. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Yousaf al Salafi – allegedly the Pakistan commander of Islamic State (IS) or Daish – has confessed during investigations that he has been receiving funds through the United States.

Law enforcing agencies on January 22 claimed that they arrested al Salafi, along with his two companions, during a joint raid in Lahore. However, sources revealed that al Salafi was actually arrested sometimes in December last year and it was only disclosed on January 22.

“During the investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organisation in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” a source privy to the investigations revealed to Daily Express on the condition of anonymity.

Al Salafi is a Pakistani-Syrian, who entered Pakistan through Turkey five months ago. Earlier, it was reported that he crossed into Turkey from Syria and was caught there. However, he managed to escape from Turkey and reached Pakistan to establish IS in the region.

Sources said al Salafi’s revelations were shared with the US Secretary of State John Kerry during his recent visit to Islamabad. “The matter was also taken up with CENTCOM chief General Lloyd Austin during his visit to Islamabad earlier this month,” a source said.

Al Salafi also confessed that he – along with a Pakistani accomplice, reportedly imam of a mosque – was recruiting people to send them to Syria and was getting around $600 per person from Syria.

“The US has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organisations, which is being routed through the US,” a source said.

“The US had to dispel the impression that it is financing the group for its own interests and that is why it launched offensive against the organisation in Iraq but not in Syria,” he added.

There are reports that citizens from Libya, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India besides other countries are being recruited by the IS to fight in Syria. Posters and wall chalking in favour of the IS have also been seen in various cities in Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 28th, 2015.



umair | 9 years ago | Reply @Lisa: dear Lisa same US created with Pakistan a group name TALIBAN and brought people from all around the world. Now the same america is bombing them bcz now they think they are dangerous for world now which were TERMED AS MUJAHID by america during sovait war but when war was over they left them here they started to create problem for PAKISTAN ALL i have said to you is accepted by your minister HAILERY CLINTON. She confessed in an interview that it was our mistake that we left them there after war and for your further information i will tell you one of your own CIA agent EDWARD STONE blamed that we created ISIS.
iluvusa | 9 years ago | Reply When is this going to be published in CNN,BBC ? I'm afraid never! ISIS is a creation of USA and there is no doubt they are actively funding them.Need I tell you why bitcoin was created out of no where so billions of $$ can be transferred without any detection.
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