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UK Taxpayer Money Funds Terrorists in Iraq and Syria

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British taxpayers’ money is being fraudulently used by jihadists to fund their terrorist operations, the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command unit reported. The statement has added fuel to the fire, triggered by the latest report of Facebook's failure to prevent the Lee Rigby atrocity.

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MOSCOW, November 27 (Sputnik), Ekaterina Blinova — UK taxpayer money is funding terrorists in Iraq and Syria, the Metropolitan Police's counter-terrorism command unit reported.
"We are seeing a diverse fraud, including substantial fraud online, abuse of the benefits system, abuse of student loans, in order to fund terrorism," said Terri Nicholson, a Met Assistant Commander as quoted by the Telegraph.

According to Miss Nicholson, there had been a number of cases where British jihadists fraudulently claimed student loans to fund their terrorist activities. She also disclosed that women are being used by terrorists to "smuggle" money out of Britain in order to support jihadists.

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"It is far better in many cases to use somebody who is not known to law enforcement, and females absolutely are used by both criminals and terrorists alike to move funds," she said, as cited by the Daily Mail.

Miss Nicholson stressed that over the past 18 months London police have seized £2.5million ($3.9 million) in donations which were "destined for criminal and terrorist gangs." She warned Britons against sending money to dubious charities which may redistribute donations to some "undesirable individuals."

Philip Davies, the Tory MP, claimed, as cited by the Telegraph, that "it is sickening to think that [UK money is funding terror plots] but whenever there is any money being doled out, it's obvious that terrorists will be trying to get their hands on as much of it as possible."

The Telegraph also quotes Kwasi Kwarteng, a Conservative member of the Commons Work and Pensions Committee, as saying: "Ordinary people will be very, very concerned about this and it's something which the Government obviously has a duty to crack down on."

Terri's Nicholson report has added fuel to the fire, provoked by the dispute regarding the Lee Rigby atrocity. Rigby's sister slammed Facebook for its failure to pass on sensitive information that may have helped prevent the cruel murder of her brother, Fusilier Lee Rigby. The Daily Mail pointed out that "the social networking site hosted 'graphic and emotive' messages by Adebowale in which he revealed his grotesque wish to 'kill a soldier'." Remarkably, Facebook neither alerted MI5 to the violent messages, nor told the intelligence services that it had already disabled several of Adebowale's accounts "for links to terrorism." A Commons report stated that Facebook is evidently a "safe haven for terrorists," the Telegraph stresses.

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