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Italy accused of financing terrorism after paying for the release of Silvia Romano

Italy accused of financing terrorism after paying for the release of Silvia Romano

New details are emerging on the release of Silvia Romano, the Italian 24 years-old, returned home, converted to Islam after almost 2 years she was kidnapped in Somalia, by a local terroristic group linked to al-Shabab. The Italian “Corriere Della Sera” revealed that the crucial negotiation took place in Qatar. As happened in many other kidnappings, between the end of April and the first days of May, the mediators delivered in Doha the evidence that the woman was alive.

Therefore, the green light to the payment of the ransom, which would always take place in Qatar, came from the regime which finances terrorism. Also, in the photos of Silvia Romano immediately after the kidnapping, the woman shows a backpack with the emblem of the Turkish services, revealing the new triangle of support for international terrorism: Doha, Ankara, Rome.

According to information leaked by the Italian Embassy in Somalia, Rome allegedly paid the terrorists 4 million euros. A gesture that neither the United States nor the European Union liked, which strongly condemned the action of Italian services with Turkish agents.Four million euros represents a large amount, with which terrorists will finance armed Jihad.

The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, was very clear when, in a videoconference from Brussels, he explained that the alleged payment by the Italian authorities for the 25-year-old Italian is an enormous problem for Europe whole.

The dilemma raised by Brussels does not concern the girl’s return home after 18 months of kidnapping, but the possible millionaire sum paid to her kidnappers. The reason is simple: that money, as explained by Ali Dehere, spokesman for Al Shabab, the terrorist group that detained Silvia in the heart of Africa, will be used to buy weapons.

With 4 million euros, you can buy a good amount of Glock submachine guns, rocket launchers, hand grenades, and even bulletproof vests. The cost of a revolver can vary between $ 600 and $ 800. But the budget of terrorists, who want to work safely, can also include buying a few dozen bulletproof vests, spending a maximum of $ 200. The black arms market, in Africa, also offers original long armaments, which cost from $ 1,000 to $ 1,200 each.

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