USA: Muslim, Arab convenience stores probed for terror links
More than 500 Muslim- and Arab-run small businesses, mainly convenience stores, across the US are being quietly investigated by authorities to establish whether they have any links to foreign terrorist groups. In the wake of the 11 September terrorist attacks, federal officials explained that the aim is to determine whether such businesses are generating money criminally in order to fund groups such as the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) in Palestine that use suicide bombings to kill Israeli civilians.
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