Posts Tagged ‘Canada’

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Sordid money: recommended news reading

May 7, 2015
  • National security adviser:  millions of dollars are coming from the Arab Gulf to Canada to promote a “jihadist interpretation of the Qur’an”… more>>
  • Where is Iran getting U.S. currency that it sends to Hamas?  From Baghdad and the Kurdish region of Iraq… more>>
  • T. Boone Pickens:  There’s no need to negotiate with Iranian liars because “we do not need Mid-East oil” any longer.  The U.S. has plenty energy resources of its own… more>>
  • Former Guantanamo Bay detainees are seeking a housing allowance from the United States.  You see, their four-bedroom house in Montevideo isn’t spacious enough… more>>
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High-risk men max out credit cards before Middle East travel

April 20, 2015

Over one hundred “very high-risk” account holders have borrowed the maximum amount of money they could from their bank before traveling to countries neighboring Iraq and Syria.  Presumably this means Turkey and perhaps Lebanon or Jordan.  Typically those are the places ISIS recruits from the West fly into before crossing the border by ground into Syria or Iraq.  The credit card accounts have gone dormant and the debts will never be paid back.

Thanks to Gisele for sending this news in about debt-financed travel for jihad from QMI via the Toronto Sun:

114 ‘high-risk’ Canadians bilked RBC before leaving for areas near conflict zones

The Royal Bank of Canada has identified 114 clients as “very high-risk” for maxing out their credit cards before travelling to countries near Syria and Iraq, QMI Agency has learned.

Before leaving Canada, the clients borrowed the maximum amount of money allowed on their credit cards or lines of credit, a senior RBC vice president, Karim Rajwani, told participants during a webinar earlier this year.

QMI Agency obtained the audio recording.

The webinar was organized for anti-money laundering and anti-terrorist financing professionals in the banking industry.

Rajwani, a world expert in the fight against terrorist financing, says he discreetly shared his information with the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service.

None of the 114 clients paid off their debts and their accounts have been inactive since they left the country, he added.

“We aren’t saying that these people are terrorists, just very high-risk individuals,” Rajwani noted.

“They get a line of credit and they leave. We see a few transactions in overseas ATMs in countries neighbouring areas controlled by the Islamic State, and after that they disappear”…

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Canada warns of crowdfunded terrorism

January 4, 2015

As Money Jihad noted in 2014, Islamists generally view crowdfunding as a sharia-compliant form of project financing. Inadequate terms of service and controls by online crowdsourcing sites are allowing the websites to be exploited by Muslim men living in the West who want to fund their travel to join the fight in Syria. Recent comments by a Canadian intelligence deputy director confirm this growing and disturbing trend. From Québecor Media Inc newswire (h/t El Grillo):

Terrorists turn to web to fund travel

By Andrew McIntosh,QMI Agency

MONTREAL – Some Canadians, intent on joining jihadi fighters in Iraq and Syria but low on funds, have taken to the web to raise cash.

The turn to crowdsourcing online has netted potential terrorists as much as $10,000 each. It’s a worrying trend, according to Michael Peirce, a deputy director at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS).

Peirce recently raised the issue while testifying before the Senate’s standing committee on national security and defence.

“When we’re talking about individuals, for instance, individuals who are raising money for terrorist purposes within Canada, they can be relatively moderate sums, up to $10,000,” he told the committee.

While that figure is what can be expected for an individual, the amount that an organization can raise can reach six figures.

The groups and individuals are able to raise such large amounts by obscuring where the money will actually be going, Peirce explained, which also makes it difficult to prove wrongdoing.

“They won’t necessarily direct the full purpose of raising funds,” he said. “Again, they might do it under the cover of humanitarian aid”…

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Jihad money news: recommended reading

November 13, 2014
  • Al Qaeda tells followers to wage economic war against the West… more>>
  • U.S. food and medicine aid to Syrians is being taxed, skimmed, and stolen by ISISmore>>
  • Canada has more home-grown terrorists than the U.S. or Australia, and private donors are sending money from Canada through conduit countries to ISIS… more>>
  • ISIS offered $25K to a Turkish teen for contract bombing of a major Vienna train station… more>>
  • ISIS’s budget constraints and increasing expectations of their subject populations will seal their doom… more>>
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Mounties met with Muslim Brotherhood sponsors after parliament slaying

November 11, 2014

After the jihadist murder of Corporal Nathan Cirillo, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Ottowa police force met with several Islamic groups in order to reach out to them and reassure them. The website Point de Bascule points out that several of the groups that police met with have previously funded IRFAN, Human Concern International, or Islamic Relief Canada, all of which have been implicated in terrorist financing schemes. Here’s an accounting of how much money the groups that Canadian police met with gave to those front groups:

Sponsoring Terror

Thanks to Gisele for sending in the PdB report and the Sun TV graphic on the money trails between the Canadian Islamic groups and suspected terrorist affiliates.

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Arab state cash: recommended news reading

August 27, 2014
  • Samer Majzoub has served as Montreal’s middleman with the radical World Assembly of Muslim Youth and now Kuwait’s embassy to fund Islamic schools in Canada… more>>
  • Who funds the ISIS crisis? A top German official says, “The keyword there is Qatar“… more>>
  • The chorus grows:  “The U.S. needs to call a spade a spade and label Qatar as a State Sponsor of Terrorism“… (h/t Brian)… more>>
  • What role does Venezuela play as a cash courier for “humanitarian relief” on behalf of terror sponsors? Answer>>
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Money Jihad blog benefits from celebrity tweets

August 16, 2014

We were quite surprised when comedian and actress Roseanne Barr recently tweeted out a link to a Money Jihad blog post from last year about Hamas’s involvement in organ trafficking to her quarter-million followers on Twitter:

Tweet by Roseanne Barr to Money Jihad post

But the 17 retweets and 10 favorites to Roseanne’s tweet didn’t drive quite as much traffic as the 55 retweets and 127 favorites for a droll tweet earlier this month by television actor David Boreanaz to his 600,000 Twitter fans:  “Number 4: https://moneyjihad.wordpress.com/2011/08/29/the-worlds-5-richest-terrorist-groups/,” corresponding to Hamas’s place among the world’s five richest terrorist groups as ranked by Money Jihad:

Angel from Buffy tweets link to Money Jihad post

But oftentimes the Hollywood tweeps can’t compete with subject matter experts with large followings on Twitter. Canadian commentator Tarek Fatah, author of The Jew is Not My Enemy and several other books, routinely attracts multiple retweets, as he did with this 2013 tweet about Money Jihad’s profile of one of Jamaat-e-Islami’s Saudi financiers:

One of Tarek Fatah's links to Money Jihad

That level of influence is tough to match on our own. But with over 4,500 followers on Twitter, @moneyjihad chirps out some popular tweets linking back to the blog, like this one in May about the Canadian Islamic charity IRFAN’s financing of Hamas:

Money Jihad Twitter referral

Twitter, in addition to being a very fun way of gathering news and engaging with people about terrorist financing, has been a very effective method of drawing attention to the blog.