Posts Tagged ‘Yemen’


Al-Shabaab’s new quartermaster? Iran.

July 17, 2013

In addition to imposing zakat on commodities such as charcoal and sugar, and extorting funds from Dahabshiil wire service, al-Shabaab may be receiving support from Iran, a designated state sponsor of terrorism.  Perhaps Iranian aid helps make up for al-Shabaab’s financial setback when it lost control of Kismayo and the lucrative harbor taxes it imposed there.

This eyebrow-raising revelation comes from a UN report disclosed to Reuters:

Exclusive – Arms ship seized by Yemen may have been Somalia-bound: U.N.

By Louis Charbonneau and Michelle Nichols

UNITED NATIONS | Tue Jul 2, 2013

(Reuters) – An Iranian ship laden with arms seized by Yemeni authorities in January may also have been bound for Somalia, according to a confidential U.N. report seen by Reuters on Monday.

Yemeni forces intercepted the ship, the Jihan 1, off Yemen’s coast on January 23. U.S. and Yemeni officials said it was carrying a large cache of weapons, including surface-to-air missiles, being smuggled from Iran to insurgents in Yemen.

The confidential U.N. report, by the U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia and Eritrea, cited Yemeni officials as saying that it was possible diesel carried aboard the ship could have been intended for shipment to Somalia.

The group, which tracks compliance with Security Council sanctions, raised concerns in the report about the flow of weapons to Islamist al-Shabaab militants since the U.N. Security Council eased an arms embargo on Somalia’s fragile Western-backed government earlier this year…


Feds disclose plot against stock exchange

June 27, 2013

It turns out that busted jihadist Khalid Ouazzani wasn’t just financing Al Qaeda.  He and his associates participated in a previously undisclosed, aborted scheme to bomb the New York Stock Exchange and send shock waves through global financial markets in the process.  This revelation came to light in the course of recent congressional testimony about the results of federal intelligence programs.

Kevin Freeman rightly says this case shows that “Our economy is the real target.  The motive is to destroy our economy. So, if our enemies have the means and opportunity to destroy our market, should we be surprised if they try?”

From The Blotter page of ABC News:

Al Qaeda’s Abandoned NY Stock Exchange Plot Revealed

Top U.S. security officials revealed today that the government’s recently exposed surveillance programs led them to an al Qaeda cell that plotted, scouted, but ultimately abandoned a plan to bomb the Wall Street in 2008.

“We found through electronic surveillance that they were actually in the initial stages of plotting to bomb the New York Stock Exchange,” FBI Assistant Director Sean Joyce told the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

Joyce was testifying alongside high-level U.S. officials, including National Security Agency head Gen. Keith Alexander, before the House Intelligence Committee to defend the NSA’s practice of collecting vast amounts of telephone and internet usage data – programs revealed last week by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden…

The NYSE plot, which had until today been unknown to the public, was centered around an auto parts dealer in Kansas City, Missouri, named Khalid Ouazzani, who pleaded guilty in 2010 for his role in a conspiracy to provide funding to al-Qaeda. At the time of his plea, the complex case against Ouazzani seemed to have little to do with the famous NYSE headquarters on Wall Street in Lower Manhattan, except for a vague reference in his plea agreement that said, “Over a period of years, [Ouazzani] and others discussed various ways they could support al Qaeda.”

The FBI now says Ouazzani was talking to an extremist in Yemen about a terror plot that would strike at the symbolic heart of America’s capitalist system – an attack on Wall Street.

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$2m payroll convoy ambushed by Al Qaeda

June 12, 2013

Combine the 20th century payroll robbery of Sacco and Vanzetti with 21st century jihad, and you’ll get the idea of what Al Qaeda is trying to “accomplish” in Yemen today:

Al-Qaeda turns to highway robbery

Yemen Post Staff • May 1, 2013

Local officials in al-Baydha province, south-east of the capital, Sana’a, confirmed this Wednesday morning that armed men suspected to have links with al-Qaeda had attacked a car convoy which was containing $2 million worth in salaries.

The convoy which was heavily guarded by soldiers was ambushed on Tuesday as it was making its delivery to a local post office. Two soldiers were killed in the shoot out alongside two post office workers who tried to intervene.

“Three al-Qaeda operatives killed two soldiers and two post office workers. The terrorists aimed to still government funds,” said a local official to the press.

However, due to the fast response of the military and the security serviced the terror militants were unable to flee with the money, only barely escaping themselves. They all are believed to have fled back to the mountains.

Police officers have already been dispatched to track them down and arrange for their arrest.

“The perpetrators were not able to complete their operation … and fled to the White Mountains, the police is now tracking them down.”

Similar attempted heists have somewhat of a recurrence in Yemen southern provinces as al-Qaeda operatives are turning to highway robbery to finance their operations, while disrupting civilian life.

Despite the mobilization in the region of the armed forces al-Qaeda militants remain elusive, having reverted to guerrilla tactics to destabilize the state and spread insecurity in Yemen most vulnerable and restive areas.


Terrorists offer gold in murder-for-hire scheme

January 10, 2013

Financial reward for killer of American official

Instead of cash, Al Qaeda promises gold bounty for contract killing

The latest jihadist death threat isn’t just about killing the U.S. ambassador to Yemen because 1) he’s American and 2) he’s Jewish.  The reward itself is indicative with Islamist hatred for “infidel” paper currency and their fixation with gold rooted in the days of Muhammad.  How long before Muslim fanatics who abduct Westerners begin demanding ransom payments in gold as well?


Al-Qaida offers gold reward for killing US ambassador in Yemen

In order to promote jihad in the Muslim world, al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula announced in recend days that it would offer a reward of three kilograms of gold for anyone who kills US Ambassador to Yemen, Gerald M. Feierstein, and an additional five million Yemeni riyals for killing US soldiers, according to post on the Al Malhem website.

According to al-Qaida sources, the rewards video, entitled “Jihad Omah,” was penetrated by US intelligence, which deleted part of the announcement concerning the reward. Al-Qaida, however, stated that it still has the original copy and will continue to publish it from time to time.

Al-Qaida concluded their announcement with the famous words of Osama bin Laden, “Do not consult anyone in killing Americans“…


Tadamon deal marked by gold lust

November 9, 2012

Tadamon Islamic Bank, Yemen’s largest sharia financial institution, has struck a deal with Gold Arab Emirate DMCC, a web-based precious metal broker, according to the Saudi Gazette.  The agreement will allow Tadamon depositors to keep their savings in gold rather than cash.

Keep in mind as you read this that Osama Bin Laden used Tadamon Bank to distribute funds to Al Qaeda operatives in the 1990s.  This is a bank that caters to the deepest fears and suspicions of its customers.

GOLD AE signs landmark deal with Tadhamon Bank

GOLD Arab Emirate (GOLD AE) DMCC, the premier online trader in deliverable gold and silver, has recently signed a landmark gold allocated account partnership with Tadhamon International Islamic Bank, the biggest bank in Yemen, through its sister company SABAYEK24, in Sana’a.

The customers of Tadhamon International Islamic Bank will have the option of gold instead of cash in their saving accounts.

The deal underlines the growing awareness among investors in Yemen of the value of gold as a hedge against global inflation, hyperinflation and prolonged financial downturn.

Commenting on the partnership, Mohammad Abu-Alhaj, Charman of GOLD AE DMCC & SABAYEK24, said: “TIIB is a perfect partner for us. We remain committed to serving as a key player in the international bullion trading market and this deal is yet another exciting chapter the GOLD AE success story.”

He added: “Currency wars among different countries as well as uncontrolled printing of money by Central Banks around the world are putting the cash savings and purchasing power of millions of families at risk, considering the impact of the real possibility of their savings being completely wiped out with the unavoidable potential financial depression.”

He further said: “Gold is a stable investment that can also be used as a form of payment anywhere in the world. It is protected to the usual risk and limitations of other currencies. In fact, gold has been a preferred investment and a more stable form of currency for thousands of years…

Note how the article drips with animosity toward paper currencies, Western central banks, and harkens back to an alleged era of prosperity that lasted “for thousands of years.”  Must have missed that particular phantom golden age!

Although sharia law has never provided a sustainable recipe for economic prosperity, Islamists disdain the Western financial system for our concept of interest on savings and loans, for Jewish involvement in the international financial system, and for our system of “infidel” paper currency rather than using the gold dinar and silver dirham from the “good old days” of Muhammad.


You paid for it

May 31, 2012

Old Aden Minaret

The old minaret in the historic Crater district of Aden, Yemen, benefited from a $44,120 award for a restoration project from the U.S. State Department in 2011.  The project was part of the rightly maligned U.S. “Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation” which has diverted millions of dollars to mosque refurbishment abroad over the last several years.

As Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan once said, “minarets are our bayonets.”  The U.S. has no business entangling itself in a project such as the Aden Minaret restoration.  America is indirectly subsidizing five daily calls to prayer by the muezzin from the sixth story of this white, octagonal-walled tower.

Even though you paid for it, can you even visit the Aden Minaret?  Not really.  According to Lonely Planet, only Muslims can go inside this minaret.  Moreover, in a Mar. 27 advisory, the U.S. State Department announced that it “urges U.S. citizens not to travel to Yemen.”

But perhaps it’s all okay in light of our warm relations and vibrant alliance with Yemen, right?  And Al Qaeda will back down and play nice now knowing that we’ve forfeited precious taxpayer dollars to fix a drab old Sunni minaret to make it easier for the muezzin to wail at people to submit to Allah, right?  Wrong.

The USS Cole was attacked in Yemen, and Yemen is the base of operations for AQAP, the branch of Al Qaeda that American politicians and national security reporters say they’re most concerned about.  Funding Islamic buildings in that country is an act of extreme government mismanagement and folly.


We need more time and money in Yemen, said Bin Laden, citing Koran

May 6, 2012

In a letter to his senior strategist Abu Abd al-Rahman Atiyya Allah, Osama bin Laden wrote in May of 2010 that Al Qaeda should keep its powder dry in Yemen until such time that it a strong enough ground force and financial base to takeover the country.  The letter was published along with 16 others by West Point’s Combating Terrorism Center on the anniversary of bin Laden’s death.

Bin Laden said he was concerned that if Yemeni jihadists struck too soon, they could be beaten back.  And even if they were successful in deposing the government, the neighboring Gulf states would swoop in to install a new establishment-style leader friendly to their own interests.

While describing the need for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula to continue its ground preparations and fund raising in Yemen, bin Laden cited Sura 8, Verse 40 of the Koran—one of many passages of Islamic law extolling those who wage jihad with their lives and their wealth.

The letter (designated “SOCOM-2012-0000019” by U.S. officials) from Bin Laden to Atiyya shows once again how the Koran can easily be used to support terrorism and its funding, and it offers a window into AQAP’s finances:

…[T]he capabilities of our brothers there [in Yemen] are not yet such that they can enter this sort of struggle, neither in terms of their administration or their financial resources. The finances do not permit them to provide the basic life support services to whomever would take on the burden, whether they want to or not, particularly since Yemen is suffering from a food and health services crisis even before entering into a war, and all that this implies. The issue of providing for basic needs is a matter that must be taken into consideration before taking control of nations or cities. If a controlling force, that enjoys the support of the majority where it has taken control, fails to provide for the basic needs of the people, it will lose their support and will find itself in a difficult position that will grow increasingly difficult with each passing day. People will not bear seeing their children die as a consequence of a lack of food or medicine. This is in addition to providing necessities to fighters and what we call logistical support.

I would add that the initiative is in our hands, and we have the room to look for the appropriate time to begin Jihad in Yemen.  In the words of Almighty God, “Against them make ready your strength to the utmost of your power, including steeds of war, to strike terror into (the hearts of) the enemies, of God and your enemies, and others besides, whom ye may not know, but whom God doth know. Whatever ye shall spend in the cause of God, shall be repaid unto you, and ye shall not be treated unjustly.”  We still have a large force we are able to gather and prepare, and if we suppose that the suitable conditions for establishing an Islamic state in Yemen that can be preserved are realized in three years, for example, then beginning Jihad before that time is unwise because the forces would be squandered and it would take longer to prepare, all while not achieving their primary goal, which is to establish the religion…

Bin Laden’s reference to providing for “the basic life support services” in Yemen sounds like part of his larger and unrealized strategy to re-brand Al Qaeda as a “humanitarian” organization that could distribute food and aid.

For background on AQAP’s funding sources, see here and here.


2011: al-Awlaki’s message of theft lives on

January 2, 2012

Continuing our look back at the major terror finance stories of 2011, one cannot ignore the impact made by the late Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

In the January 2011 edition of Inspire magazine, al-Awlaki declared that Muslims living in the Dar al-Harb should poach, steal, and embezzle just as if they were living off the land by hunting and gathering wood—an activity permitted under Hanafi rulings.  That behavior is even more blessed if it is done with the intent to fund jihad.

A year earlier, Awlaki released tips on financing terror among his 44 ways of supporting jihad.

These messages made their way around the world in Internet forums, newspapers, and through personal emails from Awlaki to jihadists seeking his guidance.

Awlaki was killed in a Sept. 30 bombing, but his message of the money jihad lives on and grows through those who took his message to heart.  Each week we seem to be greeted with the latest news of welfare fraud or tax cheating by a Muslim living in the U.K., Canada, or the U.S.  In India, counterfeiting by radical Muslims against the “infidel” “Hindu” currency has hit record highs.  Al-Awlaki would approve.


Al Qaeda to France: your money or their lives

August 17, 2011

More on the great ransom boomerang hurled by the French to the jihadists of the world after France gave the Taliban $15 to $20 million

Al Qaeda in Yemen (AQAP) is demanding $12 million in fida’ (Koran-based Islamic ransom) for three French aid workers that they abducted in May.  Their abductors had been quiet about their asking price until now.  Perhaps they’ve discovered in the meantime what the French market will bear?  From Agence France Presse via France 24 on July 27:

Abducted French aid workers in al Qaeda hands

Three French aid workers abducted in Yemen are being held by men linked to the country’s al-Qaida offshoot who are demanding $12 million in ransom, security officials and local tribesmen said Wednesday.

The two women and one man were abducted three months ago while working for the aid group Triangle Generation Humanitaire, which is based in Lyon, France. They were seized in eastern Yemen’s Hadramawt province, which is home to al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula.

Intelligence chief Ghaleb al-Qamish and other senior government officials have asked prominent figures in the town of Sayoun to try to mediate their release, the security officials and tribesmen said.

They said the three were being held by al-Qaida members or by people affiliated with the militants. They spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the issue.

After the aid workers’ disappearance on May 28, Yemeni officials initially said they feared the group had been taken by tribesmen, who frequently use abductions – including of foreigners – to press the government for concessions, such as the release of fellow tribesmen in prison.

In most of those cases, the captives are freed unharmed. In the past few years, however, al-Qaida has begun kidnapping foreigners as well, sometimes with lethal results.

The director of the French aid group, Patrick Verbruggen, said it has had no contact with the kidnappers since the abduction in May.

He said he had no information on whether the aid workers were being held by al-Qaida or if a ransom had been demanded.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said Wednesday that the ministry also had not heard that the group is being held by al-Qaida and that they are demanding a ransom.

“We have been fully mobilized since the beginning to obtain the release of our compatriots, and in their interest, we should observe the greatest discretion to preserve the effectiveness of our actions,” he told an online briefing.


Ex-Gitmo jailbird now AQAP fundraiser

July 1, 2011
AQAP fundraiser

Al Ghamdi, global terror financier

The U.S. State Department has designated Othman Ahmed al Ghamdi, a radical Sunni Muslim Arab, as a terrorist.

Moreover, State describes Ghamdi as a fundraiser for Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP).  That’s Washington’s polite way of saying that Ghamdi solicits zakat donations from rich Gulf supporters, signs-off on kidnap for ransom schemes, or both.

Earlier Money Jihad coverage has addressed AQAP’s efforts to obtain funds from Saudi Arabia here and here.

From the Miami Herald on June 17:

U.S. lists Saudi freed from Guantánamo as global terrorist

By Carol Rosenberg

The State Department Thursday added a freed Guantánamo detainee to its list of government-sanctioned terrorists, saying the Saudi Arabian soldier is now a fundraiser for the Yemeni offshoot Al Qaeda of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Obama administration has been deeply concerned that turmoil in Yemen stirred by anti-government protests has created a vacuum that could strengthen the influence of the al Qaeda franchise there. The United States blames AQAP for training the so-called “Underwear Bomber,” now in federal custody after failing to blow up an Amsterdam-Detroit plane on Christmas Day 2009.

Othman Ahmed al Ghamdi, 37 or 38, was among the earliest captives brought to Guantánamo from Afghanistan in the prison camp’s first week. He arrived on Jan. 14, 2002…

A State Department announcement Thursday said that, in addition to his fundraising activities, he had “worked with other AQAP members to plan and stockpile weapons for future attacks.”

In May 2010, the statement said, he appeared in a video that publicly identified him as the Yemeni terror group’s “operational commander”…


Articles of interest

June 5, 2011

• Wanting money, their Hezbollah masters instructed them to burn their jeep to a crisp, file a bogus insurance claim, and wire the payout to Lebanon… more>>

• Jihadists capture Zinjibar immediately taking over two banks and, thirsting for zakat, the city tax bureaumore>>

• Muhammad Mustafa, president of the Palestine Investment Fund says Gaza’s economy must be based on self-reliance, asks for $1 billion to get started… more>>

• The year—2011. The organization—a beacon of hope in the darkest of times.  Or a Hamas front group, but whatevuh… more>>

• Marie Curie he is not, but Ahmadinejad is rather passionate about uranium. Enter Zimbabwe… more>>