Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

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UN adds JI’s “humanitarian” wing to Al Qaeda sanctions list

March 27, 2015

The UN, Australia, and Canada have added the Hilal Ahmar Society Indonesia (HASI) to their list of sanctioned Al Qaeda entities according to Mr. Watchlist. HASI is also known as Yayasan Hilal Ahmar or the Indonesia Hilal Ahmar Society for Syria. It “operates in Lampung, Jakarta, Semarang, Yogyakarta, Solo, Surabaya and Makassar, Indonesia,” according to the sanctions announcement, which describes HASI as “recruiting, funding and facilitating travel of foreign terrorist fighters to Syria.”

The U.S. sanctioned HASI, which calls itself the “humanitarian wing” of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah, in September of last year.

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ISIS oil smuggling routes visualized

March 10, 2015

It’s not easy to depict the movement of terrorists’ money on maps. But the folks at Geopolitical Atlas have taken a good stab at it with respect to black market oil routes operated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Their map illustrates how ISIS territory, Syrian and Iraqi oil fields, ISIS-controlled highways, and porous borders with neighboring sympathizers overlap:

Islamic State money pipelines

Hat tip to @skinroller for sending this over.

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ISIS profits from 20% tax on smuggled loot

March 9, 2015

Why 20 percent? The Koran 8:42 says that “when ye have taken any booty, a fifth part belongeth to God and to the Apostle…” This one-fifth tax, or khums, on booty or the spoils of war has been a common revenue-raising measure employed by caliphs, sultans, and Muslim military commanders since the eighth century.

BBC’s “File on 4” aired a report on Feb. 17 examining the extent to which ISIS controls the market in smuggling antiquities out of eastern Syria, especially around the ISIS stronghold in Raqqa, for follow-on sales through middlemen in Turkey and elsewhere to wealthy European and Gulf buyers. The BBC’s Simon Cox spoke from Lebanon with “Ahmed,” one Syrian dealer working in Turkey who described ISIS’s 20 percent cut on the archaeological black market.  Listen to this three minute clip of their conversation (please allow several seconds after clicking the arrow for the audio to play):

Hat tip to Alan for sending this over.

Prior Money Jihad coverage of ISIS’s reliance on khums is here, here, here, and here.

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Clandestine money news: suggested reading

February 12, 2015
  • Vigilante hackers want to bankrupt terrorists by attacking their banks’ websitesmore>>
  • A federal judge rejects a slap-on-the-wrist deal with a corporation that made $21 million from illegal transactions with Iran… more>>
  • ISIS is assessing a 50 percent payroll tax against Iraqi civil servants working in their territory… more>>
  • Despite being designated a state sponsor of terrorism, Syria has been given $200,000 of your tax dollars through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation… more>>
  • Want more news? Visit Drugs & Thugs Blog for more recommended reading… more>>
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Spain’s hawala network funds ISIS and al-Nusra

February 1, 2015

Intelligence services and Spanish authorities say that with a network of over 250 hawala dealers, Spain has become a financial center for funding terrorists in Iraq and Syria. Hawala is the traditional Islamic method of transferring value without transferring physical money.

The news daily El País further reports that there are scarcely any controls over hawala businesses in Spain. The majority of the hawala dealers are Pakistani, while many of their customers are Syrian and Moroccan. A hundred Moroccans in Spain have already joined the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

Khalid Sheikh Muhammad, the mastermind of 9/11, used hawala agents in Logroño and Barcelona in the early 2000s. And Spain’s hawala system has only grown since then.

Hat tip to Well es bien for sending this over.

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Charges dropped on jihad supporter since she may be depressed

January 6, 2015

British prosecutors have dropped charges against Gerri Tahari, who acted as an informal quartermaster for a Syrian terrorist group, because they believe she is depressed. Tahari had ordered 72 pairs of boots and other military gear from eBay for her husband’s rebel unit. Sheesh. From the Daily Mail (h/t Sal):

Too depressed for trial: Wife of suspected jihadi leader cleared on charge of funding Syrian terror

  • Gerri Tahari was accused of using eBay to buy clothes for husband Rabat
  • She sent boots and hats to him as he fought in Syria, prosecutors said
  • But they have now dropped charges after hearing that she is depressed
  • Tahari, 45, first arrested alongside Guantanamo prisoner Moazzam Begg

By Hugo Gye for MailOnline

Published: 11:33 EST, 23 December 2014 | Updated: 13:50 EST, 23 December 2014

The wife of a suspected jihadist has been cleared of buying supplies to help her husband to carry out terrorist attacks.

Gerri Tahari was accused of using an account on auction website eBay to buy a variety of equipment to send to her husband Rabat, who was fighting in Syria at the head of extremist forces.

However, she was acquitted today after medical reports suggested that she has been suffering from depression.

Mr Begg was accused of providing terrorist training and funding terrorism, but the charges were dropped in October when prosecutors were told he had links with MI5.

Mrs Tahari, had been accused of sending her husband 72 pairs of Wellington boots, gloves, a soup kettle, Russian Cossack-style military hats, sleeping mats, long range walkie-talkies, eye goggles, a fleece, and a balaclava between April 2012 and November last year.

During her initial court hearing, a prosecutor said: ‘Rabat Tahari is the defendant’s husband, and the prosecution case is he was and remains a Syrian terrorist commander of a rebel group.’…

One commenter to the Mail article wrote, “Oh, so now depression can make us do things against our will, can it? I didn’t know that! This is a new one. Now, what a handy defence over the Christmas period! ‘I’m sorry officer, but I’m depressed, and it was that that made me go over the speed limit,’ or ‘I’m sorry officer but depression made me drink more.’ Now there a precedent for such clap trap. Honestly, this is better than fiction.” Indeed. Or, more accurately, worse than fiction. Another commenter predicts, probably accurately, “Stand by for a miraculous recovery.”

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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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