Jihadist planned robbery in Holland to fund terror in SyriaJune 15, 2014
Add a new element to conventional terrorist financing schemes in the Netherlands: armed robbery for jihad. What sets this apart from cases of other radical Muslims living in the West who have either committed crimes or raised money from their communities to fund travel and rebellion in Syria is that this young man had already been to Syria. He returned to the Netherlands and embarked on this criminal activity to raise more money to send back to his compatriots still fighting in Syria.
Would he have come up with the idea to do this on his own? No. He was sent back to the Netherlands under orders from the jihadists there to raise more money to send back to them. Given the number of young Islamist men who have left the West, fought in Syria, and are now coming “home,” there are probably many more men like this one working under the same instructions to keep raising funds, legally and illegally, for jihad.
Dutch Syria fighter arrested planning ‘jihad heist’
THE HAGUE: Dutch police have arrested a 21-year-old man who fought in Syria as he was allegedly about to commit an armed robbery “to finance jihad”, the public prosecutor said on Wednesday.
The man spent six months in Syria last year “taking part in jihad” fighting President Bashar al-Assad’s regime, the prosecutor said in a statement.
As part of an undercover operation upon his return, he told police that he could obtain weapons and acquired a shotgun, a Magnum revolver and a small handgun.
Police arrested him on May 15 as he was allegedly on his way to carry out a robbery at a yacht marina in Scheveningen, a coastal suburb of The Hague.
He has been remanded in custody and faces charges of planning a terrorist attack and illegal firearms possession.
“He wanted to use the spoils from the hold-up to finance international jihad,” the prosecutor’s office said.
Spokesman Wim de Bruin told AFP that he wanted the money “for the fight in Syria”…
Theft for jihad while living in “infidel” nations is considered permissible in Islam according to imams such as British rabble-rouser Anjem Choudary and deceased terrorist preacher Anwar al-Awlaki.