SFW: Someone was financing MerahMarch 25, 2012
From Shariah Finance Watch yesterday:
Before he was killed by crack French security forces, the Jihadist terrorist Mohammed Merah claimed that he received funding for weaponry from inside and outside France.
This makes sense since he was known to have multiple Colt 1911 .45 automatic pistols, an Uzi, a Sten gun and a riot shotgun in his possession. The Uzi and the Sten are both submachine guns that would not be easy to come by at all. Even in civilian semi-automatic versions, those two weapons, combined with the others mentioned would likely have required over $3,000 to purchase in the USA. Such weapons are not believed to be readily available in France.
Someone was financing and supplying Merah…
“Someone” indeed. Merah had visited Afghanistan or Pakistan three times. It stands to reason, therefore, if Merah said he received funding from both “inside and outside France” that he was referring to Afghanistan or Pakistan. And, if he fits the pattern of many other terrorists who received training or formed contacts in Afghanistan or Pakistan, then he possibly received the money from Pakistan’s ISI spy service or any number of Pakistani militant Islamic groups which are themselves funded by the ISI. In this respect, the money trail looks similar to that of David Headley, the U.S. resident from Pakistan who scouted out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
On the other hand, his Algerian roots suggest that he could have received money from Algeria, where Al Qaeda’s North African branch has been raking in cash by charging ransoms for European captives. The fact that France itself has paid massive ransoms for the release of captives in Afghanistan and Africa looks especially counterproductive in the light of jihadist-funded weapon smuggling into Toulouse.
In any case, Merah got the money from jihadists to help wage jihad in France. This shouldn’t be too surprising when one of Bin Laden’s last video messages was directed with particular scorn against France.