Archive for the ‘MJ news’ Category

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News roundup: recommended reading

July 24, 2014
  • Congressman appearing on Al Jazeera declares “The owners of this TV network help fund Hamas,” and the interviewer doesn’t dispute him… more>>
  • World Net Daily interviews Money Jihad blogger A.D. Kendall on the funding of al-Shabaab and other jihadist groups in Africa… more>>
  • ISIS is looting antiquities, liquidating the history of mankind, and funding its own operations from the profits… more>>
  • The Washington Post declares, “U.S. should aid those who fight terror, not abet human rights abuses.” Are you listening, Saudi Arabia?  More>>
  • You find what you think is a great new international partner for your growing business. Before signing that contract with a foreign firm, hire a professional investigator with a physical presence in that country to conduct due diligencemore>>

 

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Terror finance & AML news: suggested reading

June 13, 2014
  • The Washington Post cites the “well versed” Money Jihad blog and its analysis of the world’s richest terrorist groups when sizing up ISIS’s new found wealth after its multi-million dollar seizure of the Mosul central bank… more>>
  • Given the Palestinian Authority’s new unity government with Hamas, Israel wants U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority to cease. Congress is one step ahead… more>>
  • A U.S. court decision leaves the door open to testimony from a key Israeli terror finance witness in the Bank of China case… more>>
  • Hers was a love for laundering drug money from Florida to Mexico, yet a judge saw fit to dismiss her indictment after she pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor. Some deterrent… more>>
  • Saudi Arabia is imposing financial sanctions against Hezbollah, its supporters, and its front businesses operating in the Kingdom… more>>

 

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ISIS steals $429 million in Mosul; IB Times cites Money Jihad in comparison of richest terror groups

June 12, 2014

Al Qaeda in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has taken control of Mosul in a major setback for Iraqi and regional security.  Mosul’s central bank was seized in the process, and the International Business Times is reporting that ISIS gained control of the $429 million stored in the bank.  IB Times cited Money Jihad‘s research into the richest terrorist organizations in the world as evidence that the seizure catapults ISIS to the top of the list.

Mosul Seized: Jihadis Loot $429m from City’s Central Bank to Make Isis World’s Richest Terror Force

The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Shams (Isis) has become the richest terror group ever after looting 500 billion Iraqi dinars – the equivalent of $429m (£256m) – from Mosul’s central bank, according to the regional governor.

Nineveh governor Atheel al-Nujaifi confirmed Kurdish televison reports that Isis militants had stolen millions from numerous banks across Mosul. A large quantity of gold bullion is also believed to have been stolen.

Following the siege of the country’s second city, the bounty collected by the group has left it richer than al-Qaeda itself and as wealthy as small nations such as Tonga, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands and the Falkland Islands.

ISIS soars to upper echelon of well-funded jihadist groupsThe financial assets that Isis now possess are likely to worsen the Iraqi governement’s struggle to defeat the insurgency, which is aimed at creating an Islamic state across the Syrian-Iraqi border.

The Islamist militants took control of Mosul after hundreds of its fighters overwhelmed government  military forces in a lightening attack on Monday, forcing up to 500,000 people to flee the city and Iraqi prime minister Nouri al-Maliki to call a national state of emergency.

The militants freed up to 1,000 inmates from Mosul’s central prison, according to senior police officials. They are also in control of Mosul airport and local television stations…

An organized counter-offensive will be necessary to take back control of northern Iraq out of ISIS’s blood-soaked hands.  If more commitment had been made by the Obama administration on perfecting a status of forces agreement with Iraq prior to the departure of American troops, this may have been prevented.

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On Spring Break

May 6, 2014

Taking some time off.  Please check Twitter @MoneyJihad for updates.

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Money Jihad blogger joins Terror Finance Blog

March 7, 2014

This blog is delighted to announce that Money Jihad author A.D. Kendall is joining the ranks of contributing experts at the Terror Finance Blog (TFB)!  Kendall is honored to be wearing this additional hat.  TFB has been a valuable resource in the field for years, and its contributors include counter-terror rockstar Rachel Ehrenfeld, the author of the excellent book Funding Evil.  Please be sure to bookmark http://terrorfinance.org/ it if it isn’t already one of your favorites.

Money Jihad itself isn’t going anywhere.  Fresh, insightful blog posts and tweets to our 4,000+ followers will continue churning out as usual.

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Los números de 2013

January 4, 2014

Los duendes de las estadísticas de WordPress.com prepararon un informe sobre el año 2013 de este blog.

Aquí hay un extracto:

El Museo del Louvre tiene 8.5 millones de visitantes por año. Este blog fue visto cerca de 140.000 veces en 2013. Si fuese una exposición en el Museo del Louvre, se precisarían alrededor de 6 días para que toda esa gente la visitase.

Haz click para ver el reporte completo.

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Money Jihad reduces posts per week from 6 to 5

January 1, 2014

Money Jihad normally publishes one new post each day except Saturdays, with a couple week-long breaks throughout the year.

Due to a side project, Money Jihad will cut back slightly in 2014 by eliminating one weekday post per week (probably Wednesdays), leaving a total of five new posts per week rather than six—for the next several months at least.

Blogging and tweeting will carry on as normal on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.  Thanks to readers, subscribers, and Twitter followers for bearing with this adjustment!

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Christmas break for Money Jihad

December 22, 2013

No new posts this week due to Christmas.  Warmest wishes to all our readers!

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Note to readers

September 21, 2013

WordPress, which hosts this blog, appears to have begun running small adds at the bottom of our posts.  Money Jihad does not know who these advertisers are, does not necessarily endorse their products or services, and receives zero share of advertising profits.

This blog has always existed without advertisements, sponsors, or donations; it is a labor of love.  Thanks to hundreds of thousands of readers, 300 subscribers, and 3,500 Twitter followers for joining in the fight to expose terrorist financing.

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Money Jihad on summer break

July 19, 2013

This blog will be on hiatus for a couple weeks.  Thanks to readers and subscribers for your patience!

Fresh tweets at @MoneyJihad should continue as usual.

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130 requests for zakat, and counting

November 20, 2012

Money Jihad has just added a new page to the website cataloging about 45 previously unpublished requests we’ve received from Muslims around the world asking us to give them money through zakat donations.

Some of the requests claim to be for personal reasons—such as helping somebody with their education or helping them get out of debt—but some have a broader Islamic agenda such as “helping us to raise Muslim power” or “making Islam gain ground.”  Most of the messages don’t request a specific amount.  The smallest amount sought is $200; the largest request hints at $1 million.

Take a look!  Some of them, like one requesting help with “skull fees,” are unintentionally humorous.

There are about 85 separate requests on this old post, too, including a comment that “-Jihad -zakaat, I hope it will go a long way in achieving all predetermined goals.”

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