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Benevolence International Foundation

Center of GravityUnited States
Area of OperationBosnia, Chechnya, Pakistan, China, Ingushetia, Russia, Canada
GoalCharity; terrorist financing
Alias(es)BIF, Benevolence International Fund, Bosanska Idealna Futura, Lajnatt Al-Birr Al-Islamiah (predecessor)2, Islamic Benevolence Committee (predecessor)2
Former leaderEnaam Arnaout
Key membersSaif al Islam el Masry, Abu Rida al Suri, Mamdouh Mahmud Salim, Adel Batterjee
FormedMarch 30, 1992
Narrative and Notes
ReliablePrecursor organization supplied weapons and funds to mujahidden in 1980s.

Opened an office in Sudan in 1991 as al-Qaeda relocated from Pakistan to Khartoum.

Incorporated in Illinois in 1992.

During mid-1990s supplied food, clothing, money and communications equipment to Muslim fighters in Bosnia.

Lent logistical support in 1998 to Salim.

Saif el Masry served as an officer in the organization's Chechnya office in the late 1990s.

Designated as a financier of terrorism on Nov. 19, 2002.2
1U.S. Treasury Department press release PO-3632, Nov. 19, 2002.
2United States v. Enaam M. Arnaout, government evidentiary proffer.
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