Yousaf al Salafi, the man believed to be the commander of the Islamic State group in Pakistan, has allegedly confessed to getting funds via the United States, according to a leading Pakistani newspaper.
The Express Tribune – affiliated with the International New York Times – also reported that al Salafi was recruiting fighters with the help of an accomplice, an Imam of a mosque.
“During investigations, Yousaf al Salafi revealed that he was getting funding – routed through America – to run the organization in Pakistan and recruit young people to fight in Syria,” the newspaper stated, citing an anonymous source.
“The U.S. has been condemning the IS activities but unfortunately has not been able to stop funding of these organizations, which is being routed through the U.S. The U.S. had to dispel the impression that it is financing the group for its own interests and that is why it launched offensive against the organization in Iraq but not in Syria.”
Although it was widely reported that al Salafi was arrested just last week, The Express Tribune claimed that the ISIS leader was in fact arrested sometime in December.
There have been long-standing speculations and conspiracy theories that suggest there are ISIS sympathizers present among the U.S. armed forces or the Obama administration is intentionally supplying ISIS weapons to fight against Syrian President Bashar al Assad.
Last September, BuzzFeed released a collection of photos of U.S. arms that were found in possession of ISIS members. (You can watch the images here.)
Later, in October, similar conspiracy theories flared up after Islamic State militants got a helping hand from the U.S. after claiming possession of weapons air-dropped to Kurdish forces to help fight against the terrorist organization in Syria.
So far, the U.S. government has not issued any response to The Express Tribune report.