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Gulf called root of Taliban funds

July 29, 2009|TIMES WIRE REPORTS

Taliban militants are receiving more funding from sympathizers abroad than they are from Afghanistan's illegal drug trade, the U.S. special envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan said.

"More money is coming from the gulf than is coming from the drug trade to the Taliban," Holbrooke said at NATO headquarters in Brussels.

He did not identify the countries from which donations were coming, but Iran, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait and Iraq are on the Persian Gulf.

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