Tuesday, April 22, 2014

'Syria's al Qaeda groups turning to Qatari ransom to finance its activities'

"...  — The release over the weekend of four French journalists whom a rogue al Qaida offshoot had held for months in Syria may indicate that the group is turning increasingly to ransom to finance its activities.The French government has denied that it paid a ransom for the journalists, who were kidnapped in two separate incidents last summer. But two European intelligence agents involved in the cases of other hostages said they thought the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria had received a sizable payment for releasing the journalists.
The payment was brokered by an unidentified Persian Gulf country that’s widely thought to be Qatar, which has brokered and paid ransoms on behalf of hostages in three previous incidents ..."

Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/04/21/225086/analysts-ransom-helps-militant.html?sp=/99/117/416/#storylink=cpy

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