Posts Tagged ‘Syria’

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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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Terror finance in Australia: suggested reading

January 2, 2015
  • Authorities are watching young men who have raised money for militant groups and for travel to Syria… more>>
  • Police have conducted five raids in Melbourne involving the financing of terrorism (h/t Talha)… more>>
  • A money service business in Sydney has been suspended over terror finance concerns (h/t El Grillo)… more>>
  • A Muslim young adult who plotted a “public killing” in Sydney and sent $6,000 to Syria has been arrested for funding jihadmore>>
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De-funding jihad from England: suggested reading

December 29, 2014

Here’s a round-up of news stories that we didn’t have time to cover in the latter half of 2014 about British authorities’ efforts to crackdown on fundraising for jihadists overseas…

  • The UK Charity Commission has frozen the bank account of Viva Palestina, an aid group that has delivered cash to Hamas (h/t El Grillo)… more>>
  • Police are trying to trace the network that raised the €20,000 for Amal El-Wahabi to send to her husband to fight infidels and apostates in Syriamore>>
  • British bureaucracy led to a two month delay in applying sanctions against Kuwaiti men who sent piles of money to the Islamic State (h/t BPA)… more>>
  • The Charity Commission is investigating 86 groups for terrorist financing risks, with 37 of them active in Syria… more>>
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Welfare for jihad: suggested reading

December 11, 2014
  • British police are warning that fraudulent claims for student loans have been used to fund terrorist activities in “a number of cases”… more>>
  • Of the hundred plus Muslims who have left Denmark to wage jihad on the battlefield in Syria, at least 28 of them have been receiving unemployment insurance benefits of up to 800 Danish crowns a day… more>>
  • Grappling with similar problems in Israel, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is introducing a bill to revoke public benefits such as social security and health insurance for terrorists and their families… more>>
  • In case you missed it, reports like these are the reason why Money Jihad supports a requirement for government agencies to conduct due diligence on public benefit applicants to guage the risk that those benefits will be used to finance terrorism… more>>
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