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(NEWSER) – ISIS has received between $35 million and $45 million in ransom payments in the past year, a UN expert monitoring sanctions against al-Qaeda said yesterday. Kidnapping for ransom "continues to grow," per Yotsna Lalji, who offered this for comparison: An estimated $120 million in ransom was paid to terrorist groups between 2004 and 2012.

Per the AP, she said that al-Qaeda and its affiliates have in recent years made kidnapping "the core al-Qaeda tactic for generating revenue." And while those revenues are up, ISIS' guard is down, at least according to Telegraph sources who say the terror group has eased up on "vetting" procedures in an effort to more quickly grow its ranks.

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