Posts Tagged ‘Aafia Siddiqui’

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10 women who’ve funded jihad

September 30, 2014

The wife of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, Umaymah Hasan Ahmed Muhammed Hasan, once declared that Muslim women “should fulfill whatever they [the mujahideen] ask of us, may it be through monetary aid to them or any service or information or suggestion or participation in fighting or even through a martyrdom operation” (emphasis mine). Several have taken that message to heart.

Money Jihad has compiled profiles of 10 women who have funded Islamic terrorism since 9/11. This list includes several women who lived on the West coast of the U.S., but also the Midwest, U.K., and Europe. Pakistan-based terrorists and al-Shabaab in Somalia are common recipients of their funds. Several of these women worked with other women to carry out their fundraising or cash smuggling activities, while others worked with men.

Readers may also remember several women who have helped secular terrorist groups rob banks to raise money for their causes, including Ulrike Meinhof (Red Army Faction), Patty Hurst (Symbionese Liberation Army), and Assata Shakur (Black Liberation Army).

Are we forgetting any others?

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Addendum: Faraj Hassan dead

November 18, 2010

This is an update to this earlier post about Treasury’s Oct. 19 removal of Faraj Hussein al-Sa’idi from its terrorist sanctions list. 

Faraj Hussein, or Faraj Hassan as he was commonly known, was a Libyan living in Britain who had been convicted in absentia by an Italian court on terrorism charges in 2006.  I called Hassan’s delisting “mysterious,” but it turns out that he may have been removed from the list because he recently died.

There are a few reasons for the confusion:  1) No reference to his death was included or discernible from Treasury’s original announcement.  2) Faraj Hassan’s multiple aliases and name spellings (at least five variations) also complicated the research for my original post.  3) There is news coverage by the Harrow Observer of the death of “Faraj Saadi” here and a casual reference in a Guardian article, although I couldn’t find any other mainstream news accounts of the death.  Several online Islamic forums, nonprofit organizations, and personal websites all say that Faraj Hassan died in a motorcycle accident on the morning of Aug. 16 this year.  The Harrow Observer had this photo of the accident scene:

Crash site of Faraj Farj Hussein al-Sa'idi

Accident scene in Harrow, England

Shortly before his death, Faraj Hassan can be seen in video at a rally for would-be murderess Aafia Siddiqi telling the audience that “jihad against America is compulsory.”  See the footage YouTube banned on Yahoo Video here.  (I had originally uploaded the video on YouTube so I could embed it here on WordPress, but YouTube disabled the video for “violating” their policy.  Amazing how when you simply show what the jihadists say, the video gets removed.  And WordPress doesn’t allow for embedding of Yahoo videos.  Sheesh!)

Anyway, sanctions delistings due to death are not uncommon.  The potential problem in lifting such sanctions is that it may result in unfreezing of assets that will return to the families of the designated terrorist.  Depending on the political inclinations of the family, the unfrozen funds become available to funnel back into the fight against the infidel West.

The other tricky thing about deletions due to death is confirming whether the terrorist is actually dead or not.  Terrorists have a natural incentive to stage their own death.  Fortunately, Hassan’s associates videotaped his corpse to prove that he’s dead.  Isn’t that what we’d all do?

I always take a digital camera to funerals so I can document just how dead my friends and relatives are.  Then I like to publish the video online so that everybody, including sanctioning authorities, also know about the death.  It’s all perfectly normal and raises no eyebrows.

It’s remarkable how quickly Treasury verified the death–presumably obtaining a copy of the the police report and death certificate from British authorities first–and delisted Hassan in only one month.  That’s quicker than an average American can obtain a passport!

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