Over the past 18 months or so, SFW has covered the raising of funds by Al Shabaab terrorists in Somalia. These Al Qaeda-affiliated Jihadists have used several methods to raise money and they have been quite successful at it. They have used everything from extortion and intimidation to charity fronts collecting zakat.
Some of this activity has occurred in the USA, with two cases in Minnesota and Missouri:
As a result of this activity, scrutiny by US federal authorities have led a bank in Minnesota to shut down wire transfers between the US and Somalia.
As you can imagine there are a great many people wailing and moaning about the effect of this policy announcement. Perhaps if those same people had been as concerned over money leaving the US and falling in the hands of Jihadists in the first place this wouldn’t have been necessary.
The statement in the article below from the First Secretary of the Somali mission to the UN about urging hawalas — to make sure “money doesn’t fall into the wrong hands,” simply could not ring more hollow. The hawala system has been an integral part of the financial network for Jihad for generations.