How was this not law a long time ago? It seems like the most no-brainer thing in the world but apparently Congress didn’t think so. Let’s get this passed now before we help our enemies again!
Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky) introduced a bill to cut off U.S funds to ISIS, Al-Qaeda, Jabhat Fateh al-Sham, and to any countries who supports these terrorist groups. It currently has no co-sponsors and the bill’s text is currently unavailable.
However, the bill is similar to what Paul has said in the past about terrorist groups who are funded by the Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Qatar has been accused of supporting Jabhat Fatem Al-Sham (also known as the Al-Nusra Front) with political and financial support. In addition, Qatar has been accused of funding Islamic extremists in Syria beyond the Al-Nusra Front.
In a Time op-ed back in November 2015, Paul wrote:
“Let’s be done with it. From now on, our message to these governments and their ruling families must be clear: take accountability for your role in murdering our citizens or we will freeze your assets. Locate the citizens who are financing terrorism and lock them up or we won’t sell you a single missile or fighter jet. The U.S. does not do business with terror financiers, period.”