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European Govts Have Given Al Qaeda $125M In Ransom

Buried in the ‘Africa’ section of the New York Times:

Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror

By RUKMINI CALLIMACHI | JULY 29, 2014

Kidnapping Europeans for ransom has become a global business for Al Qaeda, bankrolling its operations across the globe. While European governments deny paying ransoms, an investigation by The New York Times found that Al Qaeda and its direct affiliates have taken in at least $125 million in revenue from kidnappings since 2008, of which $66 million was paid just last year.

Lest we forget, the NYT reporter, David Rohde, was kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008. The Taliban insisted on a ‘tens of millions dollar’ ransom and the release of the ‘Taliban Five’ from Guantanamo. The NYT, with the help of the US State department negotiated for his release. And a little less than a year later, Mr. Rohde miraculously ‘escaped,’ supposedly with no ransom having been paid.

By the way, the NYT also requested that the rest of the news media not report Rohde’s capture, so they could negotiate with the Taliban. And the MSM happily complied. While they refused such requests from the families of captured US soldiers are captured. But in this case Wikipedia even went so far as to assign monitors to keep the news about Rohde from being posted there.

In news releases and statements, the United States Treasury Department has cited ransom amounts that, taken together, put the total at around $165 million over the same period.

These payments were made almost exclusively by European governments, who funneled the money through a network of proxies, sometimes masking it as development aid, according to interviews conducted for this article with former hostages, negotiators, diplomats and government officials in 10 countries in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. The inner workings of the kidnapping business were also revealed in thousands of pages of internal Qaeda documents found by this reporter while on assignment for The Associated Press in northern Mali last year.

In its early years, Al Qaeda received most of its money from deep-pocketed donors, but counterterrorism officials now believe the group finances the bulk of its recruitment, training and arms purchases from ransoms paid to free Europeans.

Put more bluntly, Europe has become an inadvertent underwriter of Al Qaeda…

There is nothing particularly inadvertent about it. European governments have been paying tribute to the Muslims in the Middle East for centuries. Lest we forget, Thomas Jefferson went to war against the Muslim Barbary Pirates, because he did not want the US to pay them ransom, like the rest of Europe was doing. (In fact, the motto, ‘millions for defense, but not one cent for tribute,’ is from that period.)

All of which led to other contribution of the Muslims to the fabric of our country. We built the USS Constitution to go after the Barbary Pirates. And they also gave us some of the lyrics to the Marine Corps anthem: ‘To the shores of Tripoli.’

Here are the breakdown of the figures from the NYT:

At least $125 million in ransom money has been paid to Al Qaeda and its direct affiliates since 2008 for kidnappings that have been reported.

$91.5 million has been paid to Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb.

2010-13 $40.4 million A state-controlled French company 4 French nationals
2010-11 $17.7 million A state-controlled French company 1 French national, 1 from Togo and 1 from Madagascar
2009 $12.4 million Switzerland 2 Swiss nationals and 1 German
2011-12 $10.8 million Could not be determined 1 Italian and 2 Spaniards
2009-10 $5.9 million Spain 3 Spaniards
2008 $3.2 million Austria 2 Austrians
2008-9 $1.1 million Could not be determined 2 Canadians
$5.1 million has been paid to the Shabab.
2011-13 $5.1 million Spain 2 Spaniards
$29.9 million has been paid to Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.
2012-13 $20.4 million Qatar and Oman 2 Finnish nationals, 1 Austrian and 1 Swiss national
2011 $9.5 million Could not be determined 3 French nationals

What wonderful allies we have in the war on terror.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, July 30th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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