Money Jihad blog has another excellent and important story up about ransom payments by European nations to Jihadists, Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in particular.

Note especially the explanation with regard to ransom payments and Shariah in the Money Jihad posting. Note also that the amount of money paid by Spain and France were not inconsequential. We’re talking tens of millions of dollars, which can go a long way toward financing Jihadi operations, as we have seen over and over again. (The September 11th attacks are believed to have cost Al Qaeda no more than about $500,000.)

Worst of all, these ransom payments are very likely to encourage more kidnappings and hostage takings, not just in the Islamic Maghreb, but around the world…



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