The Latest Fallout from Europe’s Ransom Payments to Al Qaeda
Readers may recall the post we published on 10 February regarding the millions of dollars reportedly paid to Al Qaeda by European nations in the form of ransoms to win the release of hostages:
Now we have the latest tragic example of the fallout from those misguided policies. Al Qaeda has released a video demanding money in return for releasing an Austrian hostage taken in Yemen…
An Austrian man taken hostage in Yemen in December has appeared in a video posted on YouTube, saying he would be killed if ransom money was not paid to a Yemeni tribe within a week.
Pictured with what appeared to be an AK47 automatic rifle pointed at his head, Dominik Neubauer said he was in good health and appealed to the Yemeni and Austrian governments and the European Union to give his hostage takers what they wanted.