A $4 million ransom was reportedly paid to the Al-Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front for the release of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns that were held hostage by the Jihadist group for four months.

They hostages were released in a deal between the Syrian Assad regime and Jihadists of the Al Nusra Front, brokered by Qatar, a major supporter of Salafist Jihadis in Syria.

The world can rejoice at the release of the nuns, but adding $4 million to the coffers of Jihad in yet another ransom payment is a bitter pill to swallow. Jihadists have used hostage taking and ransoms to raise money across Africa, the Middle East, Southwest Asia and the Pacific Rim for years.




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