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Committing fraud for the jihad

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Late 2010, on the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan, US troops are hunting down Osama bin Laden. Near the village where the Al Qaida leader will be shot a few months later, they discover a hiding-place full of documents. A letter leads to an extensive Italian fraud network with branches all over Europe, including in the Netherlands.

The Italian prosecutor’s office starts an investigation. The suspects are accused of stealing over 1 billion euros of tax money by committing VAT fraud. Various Dutch companies turn up in this criminal network. ZEMBLA tracks down these companies to find out what role they played in the fraud. Is jihad being financed with the cooperation of Dutch companies?