Millions of pounds of British money channeled to Syria as so-called aid may have ended up in the hands of Takfiri Daesh terrorist group, a UK government report says.
The revelation was made in the December report titled “Assessment of financial risk and fraud” by the Department for International Development (DFID), a British government institution responsible for administering foreign spending, the Mail reported on Sunday.
The money that ends up in Daesh hands came from what London claims to be financial support sent to the war-stricken country.
The UK government has long been providing military and financial aid to the so-called “moderate” militants operating to topple the government in Syria over the past five years.
The DFID conceded that “the most serious risk” to its programs in Syria is “from the large scale diversion of aid, including for the purposes of terrorism.”
The value of the money that may have ended up in Daesh hands is about one percent of the total £510 million of British aid that has gone to Syria since 2011, but this still could represent some £5.1 million.
Commenting on the report, MP Andrew Bridgen said that Britons “would be horrified to learn that any of their generously given aid had gone to the death cult” Daesh.