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U.S. Treasury cracks down on Kuwaiti charity

The Bush administration moved Friday to financially clamp down on a Kuwaiti charity accused of channeling money and other support to terrorist groups including al-Qaida.

The Treasury Department's action covers the Revival of Islamic Heritage Society headquartered in Kuwait. The department's order means that any assets found in the United States belonging to the group must be frozen by banks. Americans also are forbidden from donating money or otherwise doing business with the group.

The order applies to all of the charity's offices worldwide, said Treasury Department spokesman John Rankin. The charity's offices in Afghanistan and Pakistan were previously put on the United States' and United Nations' asset-blocking lists in 2002 for allegedly providing support to al-Qaida. After that action, the group denied any wrongdoing.

In addition to providing financial help to al-Qaida, the government alleged that the charity also provided support to al-Qaida linked terror groups, including Lashkar e-Tayyiba, Jemaah Islamiyah and Al Itihaad al-Islamiya.

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