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Report: $4M ransom paid to al-Qaeda-linked group for release of 13 nuns
YNET ^ | 3/14/14 | agencies

Posted on 03/10/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT by Nachum

A $4 million ransom was reportedly paid to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front for the release of 13 Greek Orthodox nuns that were held by the rebel group for four months, Lebanese media reported on Monday

In addition to that, some 150 imprisoned Syrian women were to be released in exchange for the nuns from Syrian government jails, along with three other women were taken from their convent in the Christian-dominated town of Maaloula during clashes in December.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events; Syria
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; nuns; paid; ransom

1 posted on 03/10/2014 6:04:19 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

I’ll bet they’re a little blue....


2 posted on 03/10/2014 6:07:54 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Nachum
A $4 million ransom was reportedly paid to the al-Qaeda-linked Nusra Front

The "moderate Islamists" of the Nusra Front are supposedly fighting al Qaeda in Syria. And kidnapping nuns for ransom. They make the IRA look like choir boys.

3 posted on 03/10/2014 6:08:41 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always.)
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To: Nachum

Can’t we capture Mecca and get a couple of Trillion ransom?


4 posted on 03/10/2014 6:08:46 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Zhang Fei
"They make the IRA look like choir boys. "

It's a good bet that AQ are NOT Altar Boys.

5 posted on 03/10/2014 6:10:07 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Paladin2
Can’t we capture Mecca and get a couple of Trillion ransom?

We don't want to make them angry.

6 posted on 03/10/2014 6:17:20 PM PDT by oldbrowser (Civil service unions are the real government)
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To: Nachum

Mccain’s freedom fighters...


7 posted on 03/10/2014 6:17:28 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: oldbrowser

We could do it every month or so.


8 posted on 03/10/2014 6:18:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

Out of whose pocket did this money come from.


9 posted on 03/10/2014 6:26:55 PM PDT by lowbridge
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To: Zhang Fei

Jabat al-Nusra are the official al-Qaeda group in Syria. ISIS are a splinter group that has been expelled from al-Qaeda for being too extreme. ISIS appears to be getting the upper hand overall.

One of the annoying things for those who want the regime to fall is that ISIS is strongest in the areas that are likely to be bought back under gov’t control last, while the non-al-Qaeda affiliated rebels are most concentrated in the areas that will be retaken first. That means that as the war goes on, the rebels will be more and more dominated by more extreme factions, making it harder and harder to justify supporting them.

The “Islamic Front” is coalition of groups lead by a group whose leader who declared himself a member of al-Qaeda, before ISIS assassinated him. Now, the majority of rebels are with one of these three al-Qaeda network associated factions.

With Hezbollah and Iran involved, the Syrian civil war is truly the Super Bowl of terrorism.


10 posted on 03/10/2014 6:54:49 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: Nachum

$4 million will buy a lot of 500 pound bombs and terminal seekers for precision guidance. I’d rather spend the money that way and deliver the $4 million to terrorists in a memorable manner. We should never pay ransom, just spend as much or more on killing kidnappers, terrorists, and their supporters.


11 posted on 03/10/2014 7:01:24 PM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Nachum

Trading away a bunch of holy nuns in exchange for money....aint a holy organization doing that!


12 posted on 03/10/2014 7:35:22 PM PDT by If You Want It Fixed - Fix It
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To: Pollster1
$4 million will buy a lot of 500 pound bombs and terminal seekers for precision guidance.

Don't know what a MK-82 slick is going for nowadays, but JDAM fins are 20k apiece.

13 posted on 03/10/2014 8:50:40 PM PDT by xone
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To: Pollster1

Found it, you could get 184 of the MK82 JDAM for the 4 mil or 173 Mk-84 2000#ers.


14 posted on 03/10/2014 8:55:01 PM PDT by xone
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To: xone
Found it, you could get 184 of the MK82 JDAM for the 4 mil or 173 Mk-84 2000#ers.

How many nuns would terrorists kidnap in the future if they got 184 JDAMs each? My guess is not many. The only responsible reaction to terrorists is to guarantee that they loose their incentive to act against decent people.

15 posted on 03/11/2014 2:28:03 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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To: Pollster1

I would agree with you, the big problem is getting the JDAMs there at the same time in the right place. Whatever terrorists are there would be recidivists.


16 posted on 03/11/2014 9:05:43 AM PDT by xone
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To: xone

would + n’t


17 posted on 03/11/2014 9:43:49 AM PDT by xone
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To: xone
I would agree with you, the big problem is getting the JDAMs there at the same time in the right place. Whatever terrorists are there would be recidivists.

Part 1 of the problem is that the National Command Authority has since we became a superpower wanted to be diplomatic and find a more peaceful solution to the problem of mass murderers. I prefer the solution we used when we were perceived as weak "from the Halls of Montezuma to the Shores of Tripoli", a solution that ended both that perception and the targeting of our people.

Part 2 of the problem is specific to this dangerous eight year period in our country's history. At the moment, the National Command Authority is far more sympathetic to the terrorists than to nuns, to decent Americans, and to other victims of the world's predators. The most practical solution to that problem is time and the 2016 election.

18 posted on 03/11/2014 11:31:52 AM PDT by Pollster1 ("Shall not be infringed" is unambiguous.)
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