Posts Tagged ‘Mauritania’

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Spain makes Al Qaeda $5 million richer

March 3, 2010

Islam permits ransoms to be imposed against infidels (Koran, 47:4).  Spain permits it too.  From News 24 on Feb. 21:

Madrid – Spain is going to pay $5m for the release of three Spanish hostages kidnapped by an al-Qaeda offshoot in Mauritania, El Mundo newspaper said Sunday.

A Spanish foreign ministry spokesperson said he had “no new official information” on the three Spaniards who were seized in Mauritania on November 29.

Spain “is handing over $5m to the terrorists of al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) through a Touareg chief,” El Mundo claimed without naming sources.

The report said the deal was reached at the end of January between Madrid and the group with the help of the Malian authorities. The amount had been “confirmed” to the newspaper by a member of the government, it added.

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Terror & drugs

January 26, 2010

When it comes to the connection between drugs and terrorist financing, there are two types of observations:  those that are legitimate causes for concern and further investigation, and those that are designed to distract from the larger money jihad against the West and make terrorism appear like any other form of international crime.  (See one of my posts on our government’s attempt to sanitize jihadist financing here.)

Today and later this week I’ll make several posts about terror & drug stories in the news—again, some are legitimate, but some are case studies in misdirection.

For now let’s look at a development that is genuine cause for alarm, which is the exploitation of the African Sahel by Al Qaeda.  Deutsche Welle ran this lengthy piece about the Sahel being used as a transshipment point for drugs from Latin America into Europe:

Two incidents involving the trafficking of drugs to Europe have highlighted concerns about links between Islamist militants and drug-trafficking militants in Latin America.

A little-noticed smoldering plane wreckage with traces of cocaine in a remote area of the West African state of Mali in which an Al Qaeda affiliate and nomadic rebels are active has focused attention on the emergence of the region as a major hub for the trafficking of drugs to Europe.

So has the arrest of three al Qaeda operatives in Ghana, who were charged with narco-terrrorism in New York after being handed over to the US Drugs Enforcement Agency (DEA) and transported to the United States.

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