Why Are ‘Deradicalized’ Jihadis Funding ISIS?

An in-depth investigation by the Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad revealed how ‘deradialized’ jihadis are now sending money to ISIS smugglers.

In 2004, Moroccan-born Samir Azzouz brutally murdered writer and filmmaker Theo Van Gogh in Amsterdam in broad daylight on a public street. Azzouz, the leader of one of Europe’s largest Islamist terror groups, was arrested in 2006 for planning follow-up attacks against Dutch security and intelligence agencies.

Azzouz received a 13-year prison sentence, yet just seven years into that sentence he was released and pushed through a low-security deradicalization program. He was put in the care of a “moderate” imam, with the hopes Azzouz would adopt the imam’s view of Islam.