‘HOSTAGE JIHAD’ – Islamic jihad being financed by Western governments’ ranson payments

The UK Foreign Office has warned that ransom payments made to kidnappers are directly fueling terrorism, and that the problem is getting worse.

The G8 countries agreed, at a summit in June, not to pay ransoms to kidnappers, but in practice the agreement does not appear to be holding. The French government reportedly paid 12 million pounds to free hostages held by Al Qaeda in Niger in October.