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The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group that is revealed in the Sudan with links to Al-Qaeda, even though it was designated a Terror-financing organization in the United States, in the years before, a conservative think tank, this week.

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The Obama administration approved a $200,000 grant to a group that is revealed in the Sudan with links to Al-Qaeda, even though it was designated a Terror-financing organization in the United States, in the years before, a conservative think tank, this week.

Furthermore, an official Agency recognized, which allowed the management to flow the money of the taxpayer, the group also discovered to their name.

The 2014 grant to the Islamic Relief Agency, through the U.S. Agency for International development, which was revealed by Sam Westrop of the Middle East Forum in a story for the “National Review”.

“More stunningly, government officials specifically authorized the publication of a minimum of $115,000 this grant even after learning that it referred to a terrorist organization,” Westrop wrote in the article.

USAID has been years since the review of its policy, although the trump administration, stresses that this all occurred in the Obama administration.

“As happened under the administration, the acting Secretary of state, Secretary of Treasury, and the USAID Administrator has no involvement in decisions about the award or subsequent license had,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement to Fox News on Friday.

An official of the U.S. Agency for International development, USAID supported the National Review’s account in an E-Mail to Fox News, offers a chronology of events:

The US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control of the Islamic Relief Agency referred to in Khartoum in 2004, a terrorist-financing organization because of links to Osama bin Laden.

But 10 years later, in March 2014, USAID $723,405 awarded to the charity World Vision, Inc., with $ 200,000 of these funds directed to the Islamic Relief Agency.

The money was directed “to help us humanitarian aid, including emergency food, water, sanitation, and hygiene services to the displaced people, said of the ongoing conflict in Sudan”, the official.

The grant to ISRA, though, soon set off alarms.

In November 2014, according to the official, USAID learned that the ISRA on the Treasury Department’s Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons” or SDN list.

“USAID is directed World Vision to suspend all activities, to not participate with Al-ISRA, and, further, transactions with the organization,” the official said.

But in may 2015, the Treasury Department is still made up of entitled, “a one-time transfer”, the money of $115,000 to ISRA “working for the humanitarian aid already carried out.”

According to the National Review story, it was pressure from the inside USAID at the time, still to pay, ISRA, even after the name was revealed. USAID head of mission for Sudan Larry Meserve warned, endanger colleagues of the organization “whole program”, if ISRA has not been paid, the story said.

“Obama administration officials knowingly approved the transfer of tax funds to an al-Qaeda member, and not an obscure one but an enormous international network, wrote often in the headlines,” Westrop.

USAID now says that the grant should not have been made. Because of the grant, the USAID said on Friday, you have a review of the directives on the recognition of the award winners.

“USAID also has training updated our agreement officers to improve our screening-prime and sub-awardees,” the official said.

Alex Pappas is a political reporter at FoxNews.com. Follow him on Twitter at @Alex Pappas.

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