Archive for May, 2014

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Seminary officials serve as Taliban henchmen

May 20, 2014

Islamic seminary administrators in Islamabad, Pakistan, get their marching orders from Taliban elements 270 miles away in Miranshah along Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan. The Deobandi faculty are assisting the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) in issuing extortion demands and negotiating ransom payments from businessmen and politicians. The TTP-seminary connection was exposed in a joint report from Islamabad and Rawalpindi police last month with the latest revelations coming from an analysis of phone calls between the TTP and the Islamabad seminaries.

Keep in mind that the men serving as the Taliban’s intermediaries are the same men who are “educating” the next generation of imams in Pakistan’s capital. Ponder for a moment how that bodes for the future.

Thanks to Watcherone for sending this in from the newspaper Dawn on May 1:

ISLAMABAD: Seminaries operating inside the capital are reportedly assisting Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) with the collection of extortion and ransom money by arranging deals between militants and their victims, sources in civil and military intelligence agencies said. In addition, the seminaries are also providing courier services to the TTP by arranging for the money to be transported to pre-determined locations easily accessible for TTP personnel, sources said.

Intelligence officials said that an analysis of the calls made in cases of extortion and ransom demands revealed that most of them came from Miranshah in North Waziristan.

Officials cited the case of retired Lt-Gen Dr Mehmoodul Hasan, who in 2013 received a call from a man named Latif, who introduced him as the second-in-command to Hakimullah Mehsud and demanded Rs50 million in extortion money.

Following the demand, an administrator from an Islamabad-based seminary acted as the mediator and finalised their deal at Rs10 million. The man also sent two persons to collect the money from Lt-Gen Hasan.

“Then, nearly a month ago, a man named Ashfaq called Lt-Gen Hasan again, demanding a further Rs50 million within 10 days,” the officials said, adding that this was followed by another call from someone who identified himself as a leader of the Taliban and asked the general to ensure they got their money within 72 hours.

“The same man who brokered the first agreement was used to negotiate the price,” the officials said.

Moreover, two industrialists from Faizabad and a politician have been receiving calls for extortion since a year, the officials said, adding that they refused to pay the amount and also denied meetings with those who approached them for finalising the deal. In response, the miscreants affiliated with Qari Sanaullah, allies of Qari Mansoor affiliated with TTP based in Miranshah, are planning to target them, they added.

The officials said that the role of the religious seminaries in collecting extortion for the TTP was established and action against them has been suggested…

“…has been suggested”? Yeah, thanks Pakistan. Good “suggestion.” The Taliban’s next victims will surely appreciate that action against them was “suggested” by somebody.

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India’s jihadists atop $20 million nest egg

May 19, 2014

That’s 20 million U.S. dollarsnot rupees. The money was routed in smaller increments through Islamic charities in Kashmir to avoid detection. Twenty million dollars is an enormous sum of money for any terrorist group (suggesting state sponsorship from Pakistan, or perhaps the Arab states in the Gulf), much less for what are typically regarded as middling regional terrorist organizations liken the Student Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) and the Indian Mujahideen.

One disturbing aspect of this report is the statement that, “The [law enforcement] agencies believe that only a part of this money has been spent and much of it is still in their kitty, to be used as and when they decide to launch a major attack.” Indeed, that is enough money to pay operatives and sustain routine operations for several years, and still have more than enough money left over to launch a major 26/11 Mumbai style terrorist attack.

Thanks to El Grillo for sending in related news, which seems to be an update to reporting originally conducted by rediff.com last year when the amount of money in question was somewhat smaller. From News Room Post:

SIMI and IM have $ 20 million to spread terror in India, say sleuths

But where has this money been secreted away? This is what the joint team of Delhi and MP police, and the IB, want to find out. The investigating agencies say that with the prospects of the BJP taking power at the Centre becoming brighter these terror outfits would be raring to go after the new government

The most disturbing aspect of the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) is that it has become self reliant, with a well oiled network capable of sources arms and raising finances on its own.

The Madhya Pradesh and Delhi police along with the Intelligence Bureau are poised to conduct a joint investigation of SIMI’s activities, whose prime objective is to find out where the terror outfit and its partner Indian Mujahideen (IM) have secreted away the $ 20 million that were sanctioned by their handlers.

Investigators are also keen to learn about SIMI’s revival strategy. They feel that as the possibility of a BJP-led government taking power at the Centre in Delhi becomes stronger SIMI too would have firmed up its resolve to create trouble for it. The outfits also have support from disillusioned and indoctrinated Muslims who easily get drawn to them.

The $20 million for SIMI and the IM are reportedly being routed through a ”charity organisation” in Jammu and Kashmir and are part of the $ 100 million that were sanctioned for terror activities in India over the past six years through similar fronts.

During their investigation the agencies, including the National Investigation Agency (NIA), found that the money was pumped in through charity outfits like the Jammu and Kashmir Affectees Relief Trust.

The agencies believe that only a part of this money has been spent and much of it is still in their kitty, to be used as and when they decide to launch a major attack. Both SIMI and the IM want to be completely independent in their operations without any kind of dependency on overseas terror groups. The homegrown terror groups, rather than depending on funds and ammunition from others, have connected with illegal arms dealers in the country. They also procure ammonium nitrate, which is used in making bombs, from underground suppliers in Kerala. In fact Kerala police have sounded a major alert to keep checks on the transport of the deadly substance, the sale of which is strictly regulated.

The reason why SIMI and the IM seek to operate independently of overseas groups is because the chances of the money trail getting busted are higher when foreign transactions are involved. This is particularly so with the Gulf becoming extremely strict in the matter. As a result these outfits have been routing the money through ”charity organisations” and ”NGOs” — which are actually fronts that collect the funds in a seemingly legitimate way to spend it illegitimately…

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Canada names Muslim charity a terrorist group

May 18, 2014

IRFAN has sent almost 15 million Canadian dollars (14 million USD) to Hamas, which is just a little more than the $12 million that the Holy Land Foundation in Texas sent to Hamas from 1995 to 2001. Does it still remain unclear to anybody that using Islamic charities in North America for funding is a central part of Hamas’s worldwide revenue strategy?

By the way, the five leaders of HLF received sentences ranging from 15 to 65 years in prison for their crimes. Should we expect no less in this case given the staggering amount of money involved?

IRFAN’s substantive operations ended last year, but it maintained nominal activities, a Facebook page, and an office which has just been raided by Mounties.

Thanks to Red Team Red Queen for sending this in from the National Post on Apr. 29:

RCMP raids Muslim relief group’s offices as Canada declares it a terrorist organization

Stewart Bell

TORONTO — A Muslim relief organization accused by federal auditors of sending almost $15-million to the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas has been raided by police, who seized an “extensive amount” of evidence, the RCMP said Tuesday.

Integrated National Security Enforcement Teams searched the head office of the International Relief Fund for the Afflicted and Needy Canada in Mississauga, Ont., as well as a private residence in Montreal.

“We are determined to stop Canadian funds from getting in the hands of terrorist groups,” said RCMP Assistant Commissioner James Malizia. “We continue to work diligently with our partners to investigate and disrupt organizations from misusing charitable donations to find terrorist activity.”

A non-profit group that worked mostly in Muslim countries, IRFAN-Canada lost its charity status in 2011 after Canada Revenue Agency auditors called it an “integral part” of an international fundraising effort that supported Hamas.

Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said Tuesday that IRFAN-Canada had “for many years” funded Hamas. “The well intentioned and charitable Canadians who sought to support humanitarian relief through this organization deserve better.”

The minister made the comments as he announced the relief group had been placed on Canada’s list of proscribed terrorist entities. The designation makes it a crime to knowingly have any dealings with IRFAN-Canada’s property or finances…

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State Dept.: Hamas still raising funds in Sudan

May 16, 2014

The U.S. State Department has repeated its claim that Hamas uses Sudan as a source of financing in its new report on activities by state sponsors of terrorism covering the 2013 time period.

Although the State Department did not name specific financing operations, press reports in 2013 indicated that the Hamas front company known as Hassan & Abed International for Roads & Bridges operates in Khartoum. Last year it was also alleged that Malik Obama, the President’s brother, raised funds for Hamas through a Sudan-based organization. More recently, a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood visited the Sudanese capital amidst questions about Sudan’s role in regional weapons trafficking.

Excerpts from the State Department’s report follow (emphasis mine):

Elements of al-Qa’ida (AQ)-inspired terrorist groups remained in Sudan.  The Government of Sudan has taken steps to limit the activities of these elements, and has worked to disrupt foreign fighters’ use of Sudan as a logistics base and transit point for terrorists going to Mali, Syria, and Afghanistan.  However, groups continued to operate in Sudan in 2013 and there continued to be reports of Sudanese nationals participating in terrorist organizations.  For example, regional media outlets alleged one Sudanese national was part of an al-Shabaab terrorist cell that attacked the Westgate Mall in Nairobi in September.  There was also evidence that Sudanese violent extremists participated in terrorist activities in Somalia and Mali.

In 2013, Sudan continued to allow members of Hamas to travel, fundraise, and live in Sudan.  

The UN and NGOs reported in 2013 that the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) is likely operating in the disputed Kafia Kingi area, claimed by Sudan and South Sudan, in close proximity to Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF).  At year’s end, the United States continued to engage the Government of Sudan, the AU, and the UN to evaluate these reports.

The kidnapping of foreigners for ransom in Darfur continued, although no U.S. citizens were kidnapped in 2013.  These kidnappings have hindered humanitarian operations in Darfur.  Abductees have been released unharmed amid rumors of ransoms having been paid.

In 2013, the United States continued to pursue justice for the January 1, 2008 killing of two U.S. Embassy employees.  At the end of the year, the Sudanese Supreme Court was deliberating on an appeal filed by defense attorneys of the three remaining men convicted of the two murders, requesting that their death sentences be commuted…

The Government of Sudan has made some progress in opposing terrorist financing, although members of Hamas are permitted to conduct fundraising in Sudan

The report goes on to say that Sudan’s central bank “circulates” the names of sanctioned individuals to Sudanese banks. The report doesn’t go as far as to say that the banks are actually closing accounts or freezing the assets of designated terrorists. Doesn’t sound like much progress to me.

The government of Sudan hasn’t come out with an outright denial of the allegations, but rather says that the U.S. report “lacks credibility.”

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UK: 3 more arrests in front charity terror case

May 15, 2014

Three more middlemen in the financial pipeline from Britain to Syrian terrorists have been arrested in an ongoing investigation. Four charities, which likely include Aid Convoy (an Islamist front charity), have been cited in the probe, and a total of 12 men have been detained for their involvement.

News reports are referring to this terrorist financing case as “fraud,” although no evidence has yet been made public that anybody has been defrauded. It is possible that the donors, the leadership of the charities involved, and their beneficiaries in Syria all knew that the money was intended to fund violent activities against Bashar al-Assad and his supporters.

The website ThirdSector has a few more details on the latest arrests here: “Three more arrested for alleged charity fraud with links to terrorism in Syria.”

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Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood growing poppies and cannabis in Sinai to fund their resurgence

May 14, 2014

Islamic terrorists argue that profiting from drugs is acceptable if done with the intent to damage infidels and apostates. We’ve seen Hezbollah, the Taliban, al-Shabaab, and Boko Haram embrace this approach, and now we learn that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood is doing it too. The Brotherhood is hopeful that they can use the illicit trade to finance the reestablishment of sharia law and their control over Egypt.

From Raymond Ibrahim (h/t to 1389blog.com):

Muslim Brotherhood Dealing Drugs to Fund Terrorism

The Muslim Brotherhood and its jihadi supporters are the latest terrorists to grow and cultivate illegal drugs in the hills of Sinai, in order to sell them and fund their terrorism campaign with the proceeds—not unlike Afghanistan’s Taliban earlier.

A security source from Egypt’s Interior Ministry who chose to remain anonymous recently made these revelations to reporters.

Among other things, he said the numbers of such drug plantations in the Sinai had dramatically grown since the January 25 Revolution, which brought the Muslim Brotherhood to power.

Since the June 30 Revolution, however, which saw the ousting of the Brotherhood, the military has found and destroyed dozens of acres where poppy and cannabis were being cultivated, plants from which opium, heroin, and hashish are extracted.

Although such drugs are generally banned in Islam, the Brotherhood and its supporters, explained the security source, grow them under the Islamic maxim “Necessity makes the prohibited permissible”…

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Sharia bank board joined at Jamaat’s hip

May 13, 2014

The extensive ties between the sharia bank Islami Bank Bangladesh, Limited (IBBL), and militant movements, extremist political parties, and terrorist financing, have come into sharper focus over the last few weeks. Consider:

  • The current chairman of IBBL’s board, Abu Nasser Muhammad Abduz Zaher, is alleged to have been a leader member of the Al-Badr militia, which committed war crimes in an attempt to prevent Bangladesh from gaining independence from Pakistan in the 1970s.
  • IBBL’s former director and vice chairman, Mir Quasem Ali, is in jail awaiting trial for war crimes.
  • Shah Abdul Hannan, variously described as a former chairman or director of IBBL, is also close to Jamaat-e-Islami, which opposed Bangladesh’s independence.
  • Former deputy director Syed Abdullah Md Saleh is the brother of a former Jamaat member of parliament.
  • IBBL sharia board member Abu Bakr Rafique was implicated in a terrorist attack against police officers.
  • Bangladesh’s home ministry revealed in 2011 that 8 percent of IBBL’s profits are diverted as zakat to terrorist groups.

Thanks to Munazir for sending in related news.