A new U.S. audit shows that the office in charge of foreign aid cannot â€œreasonably ensureâ€ aid doesn’t go to terrorists. The U.S. governmentâ€™s Internal Audit Agency for International Development conducted the study after reports earlier this year revealed that aid from the United States had gone to a Palestinian university with terrorist ties. Rep. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) pushed for the audit after Palestinian security arrested five Iranians who were allegedly making bombs and rockets at Islamic University in Gaza. That college had received $140,000 in USAID funds. The unclassified report, made public Nov. 19 by the Chicago Tribune, shows that USAID gave $180,000 to a Bosnian group whose president is prohibited from traveling to the United States and $1 million to an aid partner involved with a disciple of Osama bin Laden. Funding for both groups has been stopped. The audit warned that â€œUSAID risks providing funding or other material support and resources to terrorists or terrorist organizations.â€ USAID distributed $10 billion in foreign aid in 2005 and remains one of the largest sources of foreign aid in the United States. The organization put a vetting process in place for its aid recipients in 2000, but suspended it in 2003 because of â€œinsufficient intelligence community resources.â€
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