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European Welfare Benefits Help Fund ISIS Fighters

Friday, February 24, 2017 5:09
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Various governments in Europe have accidentally doled out taxpaid welfare and other entitlement benefits to terrorists tied to ISIS, terror experts revealed.

The benefits include unemployment, disability and housing pay.

Members of the Spanish civil guard carry out a box filled with items from the home of an Algerian national arrested for suspected jihad ties in Spain.

Danish authorities, for instance, just found a few days ago that taxpayers had mistakenly been on the hook for $100,000 in public pension benefits to 29 individuals who said they were too sick or physically handicapped to work – and who then fled to Syria after receiving the benefits and joined in with ISIS, USA Today reported.

Denmark is trying to reclaim those benefits – more than likely, a futile effort. But in the meantime, Danish officials are also tightening up the government’s benefit system, which is currently one of the most generous among the European nations. Denmark current provides the unemployed up to $120 each day.

“It is a huge scandal that we disburse money from the welfare fund in Denmark for people who go to Syria,” said Troels Lund Poulsen, the country’s labor minister, in USA Today. “Staying in a war zone and directly or indirectly taking part in military operations is not something that is in any way compatible with receiving disability benefits.”

You think?

But Denmark’s hardly alone.

From USA Today:

  •  It took eight months before welfare authorities cut off benefits paid to a Swedish national who had joined the terror group in its Syrian stronghold Raqqa.
  •  Authorities concluded that several of the plotters in the Brussels and Paris terror attacks that killed 162 people in 2015 and 2016 were partly financed by Belgium’s social welfare system while they planned their atrocities.
  •  A local government council in Birmingham [Britain] admitted in December that it erroneously paid almost $7,000 in housing benefits to a man who was fighting in Syria for the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. Anouar Haddouchi used the money to fund his journey to join the group.

And in France?

That country has been plagued by the scandal, it seems.

Again, from USA Today:

“The government has cut the social-welfare benefits of several hundred French citizens who have left the country to join jihadist groups.

“‘It’s the critical terror financing issue of the day,’ said Tom Keatinge, director of the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies at the Royal United Services Institute in London. ‘Security services are focusing on lone actors, small cells and inspired or directed individuals operating in European countries, and of course the issue of (Islamic State) returnees.

“‘But the eye-catching headline is that a key funder of terrorists attacks in Europe are European governments,’ he said. ‘In an increasing number of cases, people are taking money provided to them by their national governments and using it for other than what it’s intended for.’

“France is the largest source of Western fighters in Iraq and Syria — an estimated 2,000 as of May last year, according to the Counter Extremism Project, a think tank.”


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