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US Freezes Assets of Saudi Group Linked to Terrorism

The United States has ordered a freeze on assets held by a London-based Saudi opposition group over its alleged support for al-Qaida.

A top official at the U.S. Treasury Department said Thursday's action against the Movement for Islamic Reform in Arabia should help stem the flow of funds to terrorist groups.

Officials say the MIRA organization has posted messages from Osama bin Laden on its web site, in an effort to provide support for the terrorist network and potential recruits.

They say the group is run by a Saudi dissident, Saad al-Faqih, whom the United States has already named as a terrorist financier.

The Treasury Department says Mr. al-Faqih has been serving as a spokesman in London for al-Qaida, and has ties to terrorists in Saudi Arabia and Africa.

Some information for this report provided by AP.