TSC Report Cited by Newsweek: French Government Paid ISIS Fighters Social Security While They Were in Syria
October 27, 2017

French Government Paid ISIS Fighters Social Security While They Were in Syria

Newsweek
By: Jack Moore

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French investigators have discovered that a significant portion of Islamists from France who traveled to fight for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) had been receiving social security payments …

They found that as much as 500,000 euros, or $590,000, had reached the hands of jihadis from France who would become ISIS members or who were already in its ranks. They also learned the militant group had received more than $2.3 million dollars from Europe overall last year from 420 scam payments.

France has seen as many as 1,910 of its nationals travel to Syria and Iraq to fight for ISIS, according to the latest figures released by Washington D.C.-based security consultancy The Soufan Group. As many as 271 have returned to the country and around 700 are believed to remain in the Middle East. At home, France is dealing with as many as 18,000 people suspected of being radicalized or on the verge of radicalization …

 

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To download The Soufan Center’s report click here.

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http://www.newsweek.com/isis-fighters-were-paid-social-security-france-while-they-were-syria-693489

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