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French judge: ATMs help finance militants

Radical Islamic cells in Europe are using an ingenious way to finance terror networks that’s virtually impossible to trace: withdrawing hundreds of thousands of dollars a month from cash machines with fake credit cards, according to France’s top anti-terrorism judge. Jean-Louis Bruguiere, who’s been at the forefront of the war on terror for 20 years, also told The Associated Press the Caucasus has replaced Afghanistan as a key militant training ground for Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida network and other groups around the world. Bruguiere said militant financing networks were small, scattered around the world and represent millions of dollars in fund-raising for terrorists. The judge said authorities caught on to the cash-machine scheme two years ago when investigators uncovered one such financing cell operating in France. Ten suspected Islamic militants were withdrawing more than $100,000 dollars a month from cash-machines in other European countries, where they were arrested. Full Story

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