Paying Ransoms, Europe Bankrolls Qaeda Terror (nytimes.com)
"The cash filled three suitcases: 5 million euros."
ISIS Finances Are Strong (nytimes.com)
"The Islamic State has revenue and assets that are more than enough to cover its current expenses despite expectations that airstrikes and falling oil prices would hurt the group's finances, according to analysts at RAND Corporation, a nonprofit organization that researches public policy."
U.S. will not prosecute families for paying hostage ransom (reuters.com)
"The U.S. government will no longer threaten to prosecute families who try to pay ransom to win the release of American hostages held overseas, and the United States will directly negotiate with militants holding them but will not pay ransom, officials said on Tuesday."
International Convention For The Suppression Of The Financing Of Terrorism (treaties.un.org)
"Funds means assets of every kind, whether tangible or intangible, movable or immovable, however acquired, and legal documents or instruments in any form, including electronic or digital, evidencing title to, or interest in, such assets, including, but not limited to, bank credits, travellers cheques, bank cheques, money orders, shares, securities, bonds, drafts, letters of credit"