Youssef Nada, a key Muslim Brotherhood figure, has been dropped from a United Nations list of alleged terror financiers. Newsweek's Mark Hosenball reports that the move came last week without much notice or explanation and apparently with the blessing of U.S. government officials.
Nada remains on the U.S. Treasury list of terror financiers, and it's unclear whether that may be subject to change. Hosenball spoke with Nada, who said he asked the UN to review his status and "expressed puzzlement as to why he's still on" the Treasury list.
It's a curious decision to Brotherhood watchers who believe Nada has not only served its objectives, but may have raised money for terrorists, allegations which Nada denies. Hosenball quotes Victor Comras, a former State Department adviser, call the UN move a mistake:
"Even though Nada may no longer be involved in funding Al Qaeda, he has made it clear a number of times that he will continue as a major financial supporter of Hamas."