Posts Tagged ‘David Headley’

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Terror planner says Pakistan paid him

April 4, 2016

David Headley, a Pakistani with U.S. citizenship, served as the lead scout for the Nov. 26 terrorist attacks against Mumbai, India.  Headley was convicted for his crimes in the U.S. in 2013.  As evidence at his trial indicated, Headley was paid by the ISI, Pakistan’s spy agency, to conduct the Mumbai reconnaissance.  Headley has repeated this version of events again during remote video testimony for his trial in India.  Headley also worked for the Islamic terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.  What does that tell you about the shared interests of the ISI and the LeT?

From Foreign Policy‘s South Asia Daily brief:

David Headley: ISI paid me for reconnaissance for 26/11 targets

A U.S. citizen convicted for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks told an Indian court on Thursday that the Pakistani intelligence service ISI paid him directly for reconnaissance of target for the 26/11 attacks (CNN-IBN). In his testimony given through video link from the United States, Headley claimed that he was given one hundred thousand Pakistani rupees to scout National Defence College, Chabad House, and other places in Mumbai. Last month, Headley also told the court that he had visited India seven times prior to the attack, on behalf of the banned Pakistani militant organization Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), to gather information scouting potential target locations in Mumbai ahead of the attacks. Headley, 52, was captured in 2013 in the United States and plead guilty to charges of working with LeT and his involvement in the attacks, to avoid the death penalty and extradition to India. The November 2008 attacks in Mumbai were a coordinated set of strikes on the railway station, luxury hotels and a Jewish cultural center, and claimed 166 lives along with nine attackers.

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Terror financier sentenced to 14 years

January 25, 2013

Muslim front company owner

Tahawwur Rana, an Islamic extremist who used a Chicago front company to fund the Pakistani jihadist group Lashkar-e-Taiba, has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.  Rana also bankrolled activities of his lifelong friend David Coleman Headley, the lead scout behind the 26/11 Mumbai terrorist attacks—attacks which were also funded by Pakistan’s ISI spy service via Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Headley himself was sentenced to 35 years in prison yesterday.  He was largely responsible for the deaths of over 160 people including six Americans.  U.S. officials claimed that Headley was cooperative with investigators.  Eric Holder authorized prosecutors not to seek the death penalty, and the prosecutors didn’t even seek a life sentence in light of Headley’s “cooperation.”

Asked if he was remorseful about the loss of life, Headley simply said “they were Indians.”

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SFW: Someone was financing Merah

March 25, 2012

From Shariah Finance Watch yesterday:

Before he was killed by crack French security forces, the Jihadist terrorist Mohammed Merah claimed that he received funding for weaponry from inside and outside France.

This makes sense since he was known to have multiple Colt 1911 .45 automatic pistols, an Uzi, a Sten gun and a riot shotgun in his possession. The Uzi and the Sten are both submachine guns that would not be easy to come by at all. Even in civilian semi-automatic versions, those two weapons, combined with the others mentioned would likely have required over $3,000 to purchase in the USA. Such weapons are not believed to be readily available in France.

Someone was financing and supplying Merah…

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Europe/2012/0321/French-gunman-I-was-planning-more-attacks-with-outside-funds?cmpid=ema:nws:Daily%20Custom%202%20(03212012)&cmpid=ema:nws:NzQ4MDUwNDg4MgS2

“Someone” indeed.  Merah had visited Afghanistan or Pakistan three times.  It stands to reason, therefore, if Merah said he received funding from both “inside and outside France” that he was referring to Afghanistan or Pakistan.  And, if he fits the pattern of many other terrorists who received training or formed contacts in Afghanistan or Pakistan, then he possibly received the money from Pakistan’s ISI spy service or any number of Pakistani militant Islamic groups which are themselves funded by the ISI.  In this respect, the money trail looks similar to that of David Headley, the U.S. resident from Pakistan who scouted out the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

On the other hand, his Algerian roots suggest that he could have received money from Algeria, where Al Qaeda’s North African branch has been raking in cash by charging ransoms for European captives.  The fact that France itself has paid massive ransoms for the release of captives in Afghanistan and Africa looks especially counterproductive in the light of jihadist-funded weapon smuggling into Toulouse.

In any case, Merah got the money from jihadists to help wage jihad in France.  This shouldn’t be too surprising when one of Bin Laden’s last video messages was directed with particular scorn against France.

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Details emerge on Headley’s ISI patrons

May 1, 2011

David Headley, a Muslim Pakistani who lives in the U.S., performed a reconnaissance mission in Mumbai prior to the 26/11 terrorist attacks.  The operation was funded partly by the Pakistani intelligence agency, the ISI.  (See prior Money Jihad coverage here and here.)  The details of ISI’s role have been somewhat murky, but a new round of indictments made by federal prosecutors in Chicago is helping to paint a clearer picture.

Just keep following the money with us for more proof that Pakistan served as midwife to the Taliban and as the butcher of Mumbai.  Yet for some reason, we’re going to allow Pakistan at the bargaining table as we try to reach a “negotiated settlement” with the Taliban in Afghanistan.  We will apparently reward them for their terrorist financing bonanza by letting them have Afghanistan as a colony.

From the Arab News (h/t Rantburg) on Apr. 28:

WASHINGTON: New indictments were issued by US Justice Department officials in Chicago this week, charging four Pakistanis with played a role in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai which killed 166 people, six of them Americans.

The indictments, filed Monday, do not cite press news reports that directly tie the defendants to Pakistani security forces, nor do the charges claim that the Pakistan government was officially involved in the attacks in India three years ago. However, the legal action serves as a diplomatic landmark because of the close — and frequently uneasy — alliance between Washington and Islamabad in the war against global terrorism.

One of the defendants charged in the indictment, a man known only as “Major Iqbal,” is said to have paid David Coleman Headley to set up a reconnaissance operation several months before the November 2008 attacks. Headley, a Pakistani-American businessman who at one time worked as an undercover intelligence agent for the US Drug Enforcement Administration, was arrested October 2009, and is serving as a material witness in the case.

This week’s indictment characterizes Major Iqbal as “a resident of Pakistan who participated in planning and funding attacks by (the Pakistani terror goup) Lashkar.” Press reports, citing Indian and American counter-terrorism officials, say that Iqbal was an officer in Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) Directorate at the time of the attacks. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Headley confirms ISI supported Mumbai attacks

November 3, 2010

Jugged jihadist David Headley is sticking to his story that the ISI provided administrative and financial backing of the 26/11 terrorist attacks against Mumbai.  Headley, who worked out a plea deal with federal prosecutors in March, is singing like a canary for investigators India visiting his jail cell.  The Indians have documents to back up the charge.  From the Guardian on Oct. 18:

Pakistan intelligence services ‘aided Mumbai terror attacks’

Militant arrested last year described dozens of meetings between ISI officers and senior Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives

Jason Burke

Pakistan’s powerful intelligence services were heavily involved in preparations for the Mumbai terrorist attacks of November 2008, according to classified Indian government documents obtained by the Guardian.

A 109-page report into the interrogation of key suspect David Headley, a Pakistani-American militant arrested last year and detained in the US, makes detailed claims of ISI support for the bombings.

Under questioning, Headley described dozens of meetings between officers of the main Pakistani military intelligence service, the ISI, and senior militants from the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group responsible for the Mumbai attacks.

He claims a key motivation for the ISI in aiding the attacks was to bolster militant organisations with strong links to the Pakistani state and security establishment who were being marginalised by more extreme radical groups.

Headley, who undertook surveillance of the targets in Mumbai for the operation, claims that at least two of his missions were partly paid for by the ISI and that he regularly reported to the spy agency. However, the documents suggest that supervision of the militants by the ISI was often chaotic and that the most senior officers of the agency may have been unaware at least of the scale and ambition of the operation before it was launched.

More than 160 people were killed by militants from LeT who arrived by sea to attack luxury hotels, a Jewish centre, a café, a hospital and the main railway station in Mumbai, the Indian commercial capital. Casualties included citizens from 25 countries, including four Americans killed and seven Britons injured…

If you were a literate Iranian businessman reading the newspapers, you might be wondering why Iran’s Revolutionary Guard constitutes a terrorist entity whose assets are frozen by the Americans whenever possible, yet the ISI manages to avoid U.S. sanctions.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba “flush with funds”

July 16, 2010

In a July 5 article about David Headley and the growth of Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Eurasia Review offered this little nugget:

Despite purported ‘restrictions’ placed on it in Pakistan, the LeT remains flush with funds, collecting generous donations from the overseas Pakistani community in the Persian Gulf and the United Kingdom, Islamic non-Governmental organisations, Pakistani/Kashmiri business people and through its parent organisation JuD. The terrorist group also counts on donations from sympathetic Saudis, Kuwaitis, and Islamist-leaning Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) officers.

Gulf zakat, Islamic charities, Pakistani zakat—a bunch of adjectives to dress up the fact that the money all comes from traditional Islamic sources in keeping with the Koran…  Meanwhile, Western liberals still think jihadists are funded by drugs and crime.

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Lashkar-e-Taiba gave David Headley $28,000

January 16, 2010

The Pakistani jihadist (or “separatist” according to the mainstream media) group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), gave $28,000 to David Headley, according to a Chicago indictment unsealed this week.

Headley plotted against the Danish newspaper that ran the Muhammad cartoons.  But even worse, (as I’ve blogged about here and here) he assisted with preparations for the 26/11 terrorist attacks against Mumbai.  Headley used the $28K during his trip to India to scope out targets for the Mumbai attacks.  This news report comes from today’s Economic Times of India:

NEW DELHI: A federal grand jury indictment unsealed in Chicago on Thursday has revealed that Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) bankrolled David Coleman Headley’s recce [sic] trips to Mumbai. According to the investigators, Headley was paid $28,000 for his repeated trips to India for surveillance of the terror targets.

In an indictment filed before the Chicago court, federal prosecutors said that the Lashkar operative, on the direction of his LeT handlers, changed his name from Daood Gilani to David Coleman Headley, on February 15, 2006, in Philadelphia, enabling him to present himself in India as an American who was neither Muslim nor Pakistani.

Headley’s LeT handlers had showed him a Styrofoam mock-up of the Taj Mahal hotel and provided him with a global positioning system device and taught him how to use it to record the locations of possible landing sites and potential targets in Mumbai, which Headley then used during his surveillance trips in April and July 2008, the chargesheet has stated.

Meanwhile, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan has incongruously been using Headley as an example of how “successful” the U.S. has been in thwarting terrorism! Brennan made a series of flabbergasting statements during interviews on the Sunday talk shows earlier this month:

  • “You know, every other day the system has worked so far this year. We’ve been able to thwart attempts by Mr. Najibullah Zazi, David Headley, and others” (“Meet the Press“).
  • “[W] were able to stop Mr. Najibullah Zazi, David Headley, other individuals from carrying out attacks” (“This Week“).
  • “I can point to many different examples this year that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and intelligence community combined to stop attacks. Najibullah Zazi… David Headley, other individuals that were captured” (“State of the Union“).

If Brennan thinks that prosecuting Headley helped “stop” the carrying out of an attack, tell it to the 160 innocent people Headley helped to kill in Mumbai.  Either Brennan is a dunce or he thinks we are all dunces.