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French cement companies pay ISIS to protect their plants in Syria

French cement companies pay ISIS to protect their plants in Syria

Prosecutors said a major international cement company will plead guilty in federal court in Brooklyn to financially supporting ISIS, seizing $687 million and paying the US government nearly $91 million in fines.
French cement giant Lafarge, which built a $680 million plant in Syria, paid the terrorist group millions of dollars for protection after ISIS and the Nusra Front took control of several areas during the Syrian civil war. Grow safely.
On Tuesday morning, Lafarge and the Syrian company Lafarge Cement (LCS) pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide material support to a foreign terrorist group.
“These are the first companies charged by the US Department of Justice with providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization,” US Attorney Breon Pease said in a statement. “Lafarge made a deal with the devil… they did it for profit.”
Lafarge also does business with ISIS-controlled suppliers, buying large quantities of raw cement and negotiating revenue-sharing agreements. Prosecutors say they used their partnership with the terrorists to gain an advantage over competitors.
The company’s employees even used what prosecutors called “ISIS vehicle passes” to get through the checkpoints.
“To the brothers at the checkpoint on the Kara Wawzak bridge, may Allah protect you,” the pass reads. “Please let the Lafarge Cement employees through after completing the necessary work and paying fees. May Allah reward you.”
“In 2012, when the country plunged into civil war, ISIS and the Al-Nusra Front gained a foothold and took control of the territory. Now many companies have made the right choice and the only legal option is to leave the territory and not fight with the terrorists join forces,” — Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said: “Lafarge has made a different decision.”
From August 2013 to October 2014, Lafarge paid less than $6 million to ISIS and earned over $70 million in sales.
“Let me pause and let me get this clear. The defendants paid millions of dollars to the Islamic State, a terrorist group that had to operate on a tiny budget, and ISIS could use millions of dollars to recruit members and wage war against the government, and carry out brutal acts of terrorism.” around the world, including attacks on US citizens,” Pease said. “The behavior of Western companies is appalling.”
The prosecutor’s office said that in 2014, ISIS militants attacked a cement plant in Jarabiya, near the Turkish border. After the company left, ISIS confiscated the cement it found and sold it for $3.2 million. The plant was used as a base by the US military before the Trump administration withdrew from Syria in 2019.
Lafarge was acquired by its competitor Holcim in 2015, and while its new owner was not involved in the scheme, it did not conduct due diligence and launch an investigation into its partnership with ISIS “until they were publicly exposed,” Monaco said. .


Post time: Oct-23-2022