UK suspended aid program in Syria because money was reaching jihadists

The UK government has suspended a multimillion-pound foreign aid project amid allegations that money paid to a contractor in Syria was reaching the pockets of jihadist groups, The Guardian reports. The plug was pulled on the scheme funding a civilian police force following claims its members were being made to hand cash to extremists.

A UK government spokesman said it takes allegations of co-operation with terrorist groups “extremely seriously”. Adam Smith International, the British company running the project, said it strongly denies the allegations.