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October 22, 2014

Britain Aims New Rules at Militants Using Charities as Fronts

Britain's Charity Commission will get new powers and additional funds to combat the use of nonprofits as a front to raise money for terrorist organizations, Reuters reports. The stricter regulations announced Wednesday by Prime Minister David Cameron follow the terrorism-related convictions of several individuals who had posed as charity fundraisers to finance planned attacks.

The regulatory agency will gain authority to shut down charities for mismanagement and disqualify trustees it considers unfit, including people convicted of terrorism offenses or money laundering. The commission will also receive an extra $12.9-million from the British government to combat fraud and tax avoidance as well as terrorism financing.

According to anti-extremism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, more than half of British donations to Syrian relief charities other than the British Red Cross and the Red Crescent flow to Islamic State and other militant groups, Newsweek writes.