Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror

By Rukmini Callimachi, The New York Times
July 31, 2014

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Kidnapping expatriates of wealthy countries for ransom has been a growth industry in Africa since 2008. Each payment incentivizes future kidnappings, and the commission taken by negotiators contributes to pushing ransoms increasingly higher. Perpetrators include terrorists, organized crime syndicates, and collaborations of the two. Countries whose citizens are being kidnapped have struggled to balance immediate and long-term priorities while weighing the appropriate response.

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Security Topics: Combating Organized Crime