Cohen made the comment earlier in March 2014 in Washington to the panic of Awqaf of being caught when Cohen said , But a number of fundraisers operating in more permissive jurisdictions particularly in Kuwait and Qatar are soliciting donations to fund extremist insurgents, not to meet legitimate humanitarian needs. The recipients of these funds are often terrorist groups, including al-Qaidas Syrian affiliate, al-Nusrah Front, and the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), the group formerly known as al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI). But the appointment of Nayef al-Ajmi to be both Minister of Justice and Minister of Islamic Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs is a step in the wrong direction. Al-Ajmi has a history of promoting jihad in Syria. In fact, his image has been featured on fundraising posters for a prominent al-Nusrah Front financier. And following his appointment, the Ministry of Awqaf announced it would allow non-profit organizations and charities to collect donations for the Syrian people at Kuwaiti mosques, a measure we believe can be easily exploited by Kuwait-based terrorist fundraisers. Salafist MP Humoud Al-Hamdan of Kuwait said , The false accusation hurled at Minister of Justice, Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr Nayef Al-Ajmi by an American official that he is funding terrorism is a blatant interference in the internal affairs of Kuwait.” But Cohen has not backed down and said , But there are countries in the region that could be doing much more.
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