Posts Tagged ‘Saddam Hussein’

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Jihadi grudge match waged over money

December 11, 2013

Two militant Sunni Muslim groups have attacked each other 21 times over the past five months in Kirkuk in northern Iraq.  One group (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) is an Al Qaeda offshoot while the other (Ansar al-Sunna) is a group of Baathist terrorists.  They’re squabbling over which will be the most powerful jihadist group in that part of Iraq, and also over access to financial resources, reports Niqash:

Another reason for the fighting has to do with money. Some sources say that part of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein’s millions were hidden away somewhere between Hawija and his hometown, Awja, and it’s been being used to fund violence and bombing. Other sources say it’s all a spat about ransom money.

Meanwhile, the civilian population is enjoying a slight respite from terror as these two groups target each other.

Perhaps stirring up divisions between jihadist groups could be a useful tactic to attempt replicating elsewhere…

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Saddam’s favorite Muslim-American charity will “improve,” not just repair, Haiti mosques

October 13, 2010

Shariah Finance Watch posted an eye-catching story about LIFE for Relief and Development’s effort to expand mosques in Haiti.  LIFE may be the second largest Islamic charity in America after Islamic Relief USA.  Here’s an excerpt from SFW on Oct. 4:

Haiti has almost no Muslims. Even Islamic sources, which are notorious for wildly overestimating Muslim population levels, put the figure at 3,000 Muslims in the Caribbean nation out of nearly 9.9 million people. Reports indicate that as much as $3 million will be used to “renovate” 5 mosques.

You can rest assured that “renovate” in this case does not mean fix the roof, replace the broken windows and slap a coat of paint on the walls. Renovate almost always means enlarge and it was just this type of activity that some observers warned about when Islamic charities began to move in to Haiti following the disastrous earthquake. Islamic charities have historically used such disasters to conduct missionary work and the long-term mess in Haiti seems ripe for Saudi Wahhabi money…and everything that accompanies that money…

LIFE for Relief and Development’s past is not comforting at all.

The organization was founded in 1992 to send relief to Iraq, which was then under international sanctions for its illegal invasion of Kuwait and support for terrorism, among other things…

SFW also provided a link to the Investigative Project on Terrorism’s reporting on LIFE which explains that former LIFE employee Muthanna Al-Hanooti conspired with the Iraqi Intelligence Service under Saddam Hussein, that LIFE’s Baghdad office was raided by Coalition forces in 2004 for suspicious activities, and that Iraqi-Americans say that LIFE is “well-known as a Saddam supporter.”

Additional coverage on the effort by questionable Muslim charities to deepen the Islamization of Haiti in the wake of its earthquake is available here, here, and here.

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Even when broke, thugs buy weapons

December 11, 2009

One would be tempted to believe that during a global economic recession and an Iranian budget catastrophe, that the Islamic Republic would cut back on lavish spending to develop a nuclear program.  That’s possible, but isn’t borne out by the recent history of the neighborhood.

Andrew and Patrick Cockburn’s Out of the Ashes, a political overview of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq during the 1980s and 90s, helps illustrate the point.  Even when Saddam’s regime had no money, it forked over heaps of cash—with no questions asked—to Saddam’s nuclear scientists:

No one knows precisely how many billions of dollars where lavished on the Iraqi bomb project.  Even during the darkest years of the Iran-Iraq war, work proceeded at full speed.  The scale of the project, the creation of a network of foreign contractors, and the success with which the program was kept out of the international public eye were a monument not only to the talents of Jafr [an Iraqi nuclear scientist] and the overall director of the scheme from 1987, Saddam’s cousin and son-in-law Hussein Kamel, but also to the insouciance of the Western powers.  It was not as if the veil of secrecy surrounding the project was complete.  Even when a close U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, agreed to help finance the Iraqi bomb program on the promise of repayment in nuclear devices, Washington took no action.  (p. 89)

The parallel today is that Iran is also disregarding its economic woes in order to support expensive weapons programs and foreign intrigue.  Nobody really knows how much money Iran is spending to arm itself, eventually to nuke Israel or threaten the West.  The Cockburns’ book is dated but its lessons are fresh.

Read my full review of Out of the Ashes on Amazon here.