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Expert: Charities Sent Money to Islamic Fighters

Pete Seda, also known as Pirouz Sedaghaty, an Iranian-born, naturalized U.S. citizen, has been accused of smuggling $150,000 to Saudi Arabian charities that provided funding to fighters in Chechnya and filing a false tax return to cover his tracks.



Boston Globe
August 31, 2010
Eugene, OR

An expert witness for the prosecution testified Tuesday that Islamic charities based in Saudi Arabia, including the one an Oregon tree surgeon is accused of smuggling money for, were regular conduits of funding to Muslim fighters in the volatile Caucasus region.

But under cross examination, international terrorism consultant Evan Kohlmann conceded he had never interviewed anyone directly involved with the Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation about providing aid to Chechnya, and never included Al-Haramain in the chapter on Islamic charities in his book on terrorism, "Al-Qaida's Jihad in Europe."

Kohlmann's testimony came in the U.S. District Court trial of Pete Seda, also known as Pirouz Sedaghaty. The Iranian-born tree surgeon and naturalized U.S. citizen is accused of smuggling $150,000 to Saudi Arabia so it could go to fighters in Chechnya, and filing a false tax return to cover his tracks. The defense counters the money was meant for refugees and the mistakes in the tax return were made by an accountant, not Seda.

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New Al Qaeda Chief Lived in U.S. for Years

“Adnam Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told the AP in an exclusive interview. That puts him in regular contact with al Qaeda’s senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden, Mr. LeBlanc said.” Shukrijumah had a normal mainstream life in FL before becoming radical in the late 90’s.



The Washington Times
August 8, 2010
Miami, FL

A suspected al Qaeda operative who lived for more than 15 years in the U.S. has become chief of the terror network's global operations, the FBI says, marking the first time a leader so intimately familiar with American society has been placed in charge of planning attacks.

Adnan Shukrijumah, 35, has taken over a position once held by 9/11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, who was captured in 2003, Miami-based FBI counterterrorism agent Brian LeBlanc told the Associated Press in an exclusive interview. That puts him in regular contact with al Qaeda's senior leadership, including Osama bin Laden, Mr. LeBlanc said.

Shukrijumah and two other leaders were part of an "external operations council" that designed and approved terrorism plots and recruits, but his two counterparts were killed in U.S. drone attacks, leaving Shukrijumah as the de facto chief and successor to Mohammed — his former boss.

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Hizb ut-Tahrir in America: Lessons from Great Britain

“Hizb ut-Tahrir [still yet to be banned in the U.S.] works to increase the supply of potential jihadists by exposing as many young Muslims as possible to this violent revolutionary worldview. As in other countries, the danger for the United States is that Hizb ut-Tahrir disseminates this narrative and that individuals take action based on it.”

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The Investigative Project On Terrorism
July 16, 2010
Great Britain, U.K.

Hizb ut-Tahrir (HT), a transnational Islamist movement described as a "conveyor belt" for jihadist terror, is preparing to play a much more active role in recruiting American Muslims. Although the cancellation of HT's U.S. Khilafah Conference this month was a setback, the group is likely to persist in its American recruitment efforts because it is committed to its ultimate mission: establishing an international Islamic caliphate (Khilafah).

The organization's activities in Great Britain - perhaps its leading Western hub - may offer a clue as to the group's intentions in the United States.

In an interview, former Hizb ut-Tahrir in Britain member Ghaffar Hussain notes that HT doctrine specifies three stages of recruitment: Stage One, in which the group focuses on propaganda and recruiting new members; Stage Two, in which the party interacts with the larger Muslim community; and Stage Three, when it tries to take power.

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Gaza Under Hamas: A Taliban-like Regime?

"Hamas is forcing people to live within the confines of a harsh moral code and punishing those who try to exercise their few remaining rights," said in a statement by Human Rights Watch, a group who opposes Israel's current policy toward Gaza.



The Christian Broadcasting Network
July 3, 2010
Jerusalem, Israel

On Monday, June 28, masked gunmen destroyed a U.N. summer camp facility in the Palestinian Gaza Strip. A U.N. official called it "another example of the growing levels of extremism in Gaza."

The destruction marked the second attack in less than a month on a U.N. facility designed to provide summer fun for the children of Gaza.

"Now nearly 500 kids are prevented from coming to that camp because of the burning and destroying that place," the U.N. official said.

The attack is one more sign that Gaza under Hamas is becoming a Taliban-like regime.

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Troops Call it the Heart of Darkness, the Spiritual Home of the Taliban

American troops are fighting in an anti-insurgency operation located in one of the most challenging areas of Afghanistan, the Zhari district, the home of the Taliban movement. "We have heard all the names, the Heart of Darkness and so on," said Major Matt Neumeyer "But just by sheer numbers we are going to gain more space and take it from the enemy."

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The Daily Telegraph
July 2, 2010
Pashmul, Afghanistan

Relief swept the young private's face as the armoured convoy pulled off the road and moved behind the outpost's sandbags.

"Welcome what we call to the Heart of Darkness, or the Alamo," he said and spat as he made safe the turret-mounted machine gun at the end of a tense five-minute drive.

Two convoys travelling to the combat outpost in the Pashmul area of Zhari district had been attacked the previous day. The craters left in the giant sandbagged perimeter by rocket propelled grenades were clearly visibly.

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