Finally, a link between Iraq and al-Qaida

Intelligence officials say the money is flowing -- out of Iraq and into al-Qaida's other operations.

Published May 21, 2007 2:50PM (EDT)

While a "major CIA effort" to hunt down Osama bin Laden has produced "no significant leads," the Los Angeles Times reports that the searchers have at least found something: Evidence that al-Qaida's operations in Pakistan are "increasingly being funded by cash from Iraq, where the terrorist network's operatives are raising substantial sums from donations to the insurgency as well as kidnappings of wealthy Iraqis and other criminal activity."

By Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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