Muslim Gets 25 Years for Murdering U.S. Diplomat, Wounding Marine

Not sure why this was a “conspiracy to murder” charge. He shot and killed U.S. diplomat William Bultemeier at point blank range.

Source: Department of Justice  h/t: Blazing Cat Fur

Alhassane Ould Mohamed, aka Cheibani, 46, a citizen of Mali, was sentenced to 25 years in prison in the Eastern District of New York for conspiring to murder a U.S. diplomat stationed in Niamey, Niger, in December 2000.

According to court filings and facts presented during the plea proceeding, in the early morning hours of Dec. 23, 2000, Mohamed and a co-conspirator accosted a group of employees of the U.S. Embassy in Niger as they left a restaurant in Niamey.  Carrying a pistol and an AK-47 assault rifle, the two men approached U.S. diplomat William Bultemeier as he was about to enter his car, a white sport-utility vehicle bearing diplomatic license plates clearly indicating that it belonged to the U.S. Embassy.  After demanding that Bultemeier turn over the keys to the diplomatic vehicle, the defendant and his co-conspirator shot Bultemeier and Staff Sergeant Christopher McNeely, the Marine Detachment Commander for the U.S. Embassy in Niger at the time, who had run to Bultemeier’s aid.  Mohamed and his fellow assailant then drove away in the U.S. Embassy vehicle.

Bultemeier died of the injuries inflicted by the gunshot wounds.  Staff Sergeant McNeely survived the shooting and later retired from the Marine Corps as a Master Sergeant.

The defendant and his confederate murdered U.S. diplomat William Bultemeier in cold blood and seriously injured U.S. Marine Staff Sergeant Christopher McNeely, who bravely risked his life to attempt to save his colleague,” said U.S. Attorney Capers.  “Although nothing can undo the pain caused by the defendant’s violent actions, we hope the victims’ families can take some measure of solace in knowing that the defendant is being held accountable for the senseless murder of Mr. Bultemeier and the attack on Staff Sergeant McNeely.  The United States takes the protection of its employees stationed overseas very seriously and will continue to work tirelessly to bring those who harm our diplomats to justice.”

“Over the past 16 years, Cheibani evaded full accountability for his murderous actions in taking the life of a U.S. Diplomat,” said Assistant Director in Charge Rodriguez.  “U.S. employees working overseas understand there are certain risks in representing their government in foreign territories; however, a death sentence should not be one of them.

Obama Releases Two al-Qaeda Bomb Experts from Gitmo to Senegal

via Obama Administration Pushed Release Of ‘High Risk’ Bomb Makers From Guantanamo

The Department of Defense released two al-Qaida bomb experts Monday from the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The two Libyan terrorists will go to the custody of the sub-Saharan African country of Senegal.

Salem Abdu Salam Ghereby and Omar Khalif Mohammed Abu Baker Mahjour Umar both had extensive terrorist histories and close ties to top ranking al-Qaida leaders like Usama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri. Both hailed from Libya and belonged to the Libyan Islamic Fighting Group (LIFG), an al-Qaida affiliate.

Ghereby is thought to have fought with bin Laden when U.S.-led coalition forces attacked bin Laden’s compound in Tora Bora, Afghanistan, in December 2001. Bin Laden supposedly narrowly escaped capture during the firefight. Ghereby is believed to also have expertise in bomb making and was deemed “high risk” by a Department of Defense (DoD) report when he was captured. Ghereby apparently was not very good at his job, having lost an eye and some fingers during his time as an al-Qaida explosives trainer.

While Ghereby was deemed dangerous to U.S. security, Umar’s security threat is an order of magnitude greater. Not only did he pose a high security risk when caught, analysts at the DoD warned in a review that he would likely seek to continue terrorist activities if released.

“If released without rehabilitation, close supervision, and means to successfully reintegrate into his society as a law abiding citizen, it is assessed detainee [Umar] would immediately seek out prior associates and reengage in hostilities and extremist support activities,” said the 2008 threat assessment.

Umar was a “long time” close associate of bin Laden, knew al-Zawahiri personally and held a leadership position in LIFG. He is also reported to have known Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the infamous leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, and was responsible for deaths of dozens, if not hundreds, of U.S. military personnel in Iraq during the occupation. According to DoD reports, Umar was also an “explosives and weapons trainer at LIFG and al Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan.”

The Guantanamo Review Task Force, set up by the Obama administration to review detainees, reiterated the security threat posed by Umar in 2010. Inexplicably, five years later a separate periodic review board found that detaining Umar was “no longer necessary to protect against a continuing significant threat to the security of the United States.”

The review board’s report said that Umar exhibited apparent good behavior, which included “compliance with camp rules,” mediating disputes between guards and prisoners and his supposed “intent to move forward in a positive manner.” Apparently this was enough to approve the release of a career terrorist who spent decades dedicated to violent jihad.

The case of Umar is not the first time a detainee who was deemed high risk to U.S. security has been released by the Obama administration. According to the Long War Journal, a website which tracks terrorist activity, Umar is the fifth detainee listed as high-risk released from Guantanamo since September 2015. A sixth detainee who was recommended for prosecution by the Guantanamo task force was also released due to the recommendation of the periodic review board.

With the two Libyan terrorists being transferred to Senegal, significant questions remain as to how long they will be detained by the Senegalese government and what kind of security measures will be taken to ensure they do not pose a threat to the U.S. in the future, concerns for which Pentagon spokesman Peter Cook outright refused to provide details.


Meanwhile, via Ayotte Places Hold on DoD Counsel Nominee over Guantanamo Report

Senate Armed Services member Kelly Ayotte has placed a hold on the Defense Department general counsel nominee until the administration shares certain information about the danger of releasing Guantanamo detainees.

“Despite the fact that more than 30 percent of former Guantanamo detainees are known or suspected to have re-engaged in terrorism, and despite recent confirmation that some have even killed Americans, the administration announced the release of two more Gitmo detainees today,” Ayotte said in a statement. “This administration’s continued failure to provide critical information to the American people about terrorist detainees is not only unacceptable — it violates the law.”

Gitmo jihadist released to Spain arrested in raid on Islamic State

A Spanish court also freed the jihadist. via: Spanish Police Raid Islamic State Cell in North Africa, Arrest Former Guantanamo Prisoner

Aided by Moroccan police, Spanish counterterrorism units broke up a jihadist cell in North Africa Tuesday, arresting four suspected members of the cell including a former Guantanamo inmate, wanted for recruiting terrorists for the Islamic State.

According to separate statements from the Interior Ministries of both countries, the four arrests comprised three Spanish citizens who were seized in Ceuta, a Spanish enclave in North Africa, and one Moroccan national, who was taken in the Moroccan city of Nador.

The Moroccan statement identified one of the Spanish detainees in as a former Guantanamo prisoner who had fought with Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan, but did not provide his name or information about his departure from the US detention center in Cuba.

Spanish authorities described the man as a “leader trained in handling weapons, explosives and military tactics,” which rendered the cell “particularly dangerous.” After being captured in 2002 and sent to Guantanamo, the man was returned to Spain in 2004, according to Spanish Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz.

The Spanish daily El País identified the ex-Guantanamo inmate as Hamed Abderraman Ahmed, who had been arrested by the U.S. military during an operation against the Taliban in Afghanistan.

In 2006, Spanish police arrested eleven people in a large scale operation in Ceuta against an alleged Islamic jihadist cell. Some 300 National Police are reported to have taken part in the operation. Among the arrested men were two brothers of Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmed.

Another of those arrested in Ceuta Tuesday is the brother of a fighter who carried out a suicide attack in 2013 against the Syrian army.

The four formed a group trying to recruit fighters to join the ranks of the militia of the radical Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, in addition to insurgents willing to carry out attacks in Spain and Morocco, the Spanish statement said.

Moreover, the alleged jihadists had “the clear intent and full disposition to carry out terrorist acts in Spanish territory,” the Ministry reported, adding that the men had entered into contact with a series of individuals who could supply them with weapons and materials to build explosives.

The three arrests in Spanish Ceuta bring the total of those arrested this year in Spain for links to jihadist terrorism to nine.

On February 7, six people were arrested in the provinces of Alicante, Valencia and Ceuta as alleged members of a jihadist cell that sent weapons, military equipment and money to terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria, such as Jahbat al-Nusra and Islamic State, disguised as humanitarian aid.

During the course of 2015, the Spanish police arrested some 100 suspected Islamic extremists, and more than 600 since the 2004 Madrid train bombings that killed 191 people and left 2,000 injured.

Responsibility for the 2004 attacks, the most serious and lethal terrorist acts in Spain’s history, was claimed by the jihadist group Al-Qaeda.


He was released under Bush. via Wikipedia (sorry):

In 2004 the United States allowed his extradition to Spain to face terrorism charges, based on confessions made while in US custody. Spanish authorities alleged that Abderrahman Ahmad was a member of a Spanish al-Qaeda cell. Ahmad was convicted of those charges by the High Court in 2005 and sentenced to six years in prison. Review of the case in an appeal to the Spanish Supreme Court resulted in the conviction being overturned in July 2006, as based on evidence that may have been obtained through torture by American interrogators.


Related: Ex-Gitmo Warden Slams Obama’s Release of Detainees – ‘He Has Thrown National Security Out the Window’

Muslim Terrorists Attack Hotel in Burkina Faso to ‘Punish Cross Worshipers’, At Least 20 Slaughtered

Source: Live Updates: Attack at Hotel in Burkina Faso’s Capital – The New York Times

At least 10 bodies were found in a cafe that was attacked by Al Qaeda fighters as part of their assault on the Splendid Hotel in Burkina Faso’s capital, a government minister told The Associated Press on Saturday.

Internal Affairs Minister Simon Compaore said the bodies were found inside the Cappuccino Cafe, a restaurant next to the luxury hotel. Witnesses said that burning cars could be seen in front of the cafe when it was attacked on Friday.

The identities and nationalities of the victims were not clear.

It is unclear how many people are still inside the Splendid Hotel, but 63 have been freed, according to Rémis Dandjinou, Burkina Faso’s minister of communication. He said 33 of them were wounded.

According to hospital officials in Ouagadougou, more than 20 people have died in the attack.

Intense gunfire was continuing outside the hotel.

French and Burkinabe security forces were engaged in an operation to retake the hotel in the early hours of Saturday morning. It remained unclear how many people had been taken hostage or killed when the fighters attacked the 147-room hotel on Friday evening.

A French television network reported that at least 20 people had been killed in the attack on the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou.

The network, France 24, interviewed two survivors, both of whom declined to give their names. One, a woman whose eyes were wide with shock as she spoke, said the hostage-takers had shot a man in front of her.

“There was someone in front of me and they shot him and he fell onto me,” she said, her face covered in soot.

Another survivor told the network that his memories of the hotel’s interior were dominated by images of smoke and blood. He said he had only survived by escaping through a broken window.

“People were lying on the ground and there was blood everywhere,” he said. “They were shooting people at point-blank range. When they left they set fire to the place and the smoke started to suffocate me and the other survivors.”

Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb said it had targeted the Splendid Hotel in Ouagadougou because it was known to be popular with foreigners, saying it had sent a message “written by the heroes of Islam with their blood and body parts.”

The statement was directed at a foreign audience, which it addressed as “the Cross-worshipers, the occupiers of our lands, the looters of our wealth and the abusers of our security.”

It said that fighters from Al Mourabitoun, a jihadist group led by Mokhtar Belmokhtar and aligned with Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, struck the hotel because it “is frequented by staff of the nations of global disbelief.”

The statement said the attack was intended “to punish the Cross-worshipers for their crimes against our people in Central Africa, Mali and other lands of the Muslims, and to avenge our Prophet, God’s peace and blessings be upon him.”

In Washington, a Defense Department official said that France had requested “immediate” surveillance and reconnaissance help in Burkina Faso and that the American military is “working to provide that.”

There is one American military member embedded with French forces, the official said, who is “providing advice and assistance to French forces in the hotel.”

There are around 75 American military personnel in Burkina Faso, including 15 assigned to the United States Embassy, and 60 more who provide security training, advice and assistance to the French military there, the official said.


The U.S. has given green cards to at least 3,000 from Burkina Faso in recent years, most of them are likely Muslims.

Gambia: President declares African country Islamic

Creeping right along in Africa. Another country gone Islamic (see here and here) under Obama’s reign (of terror). via Gambia’s president declares country an Islamic republic | Africa | News | The Independent

Gambia’s president has declared the tiny West African country an Islamic republic to break from the nation’s colonial past.

It does not appear that President Yahya Jammeh’s announcement changes Gambia’s laws or the country’s constitutional status as a secular state.

Jammeh made the declaration on 11 December at a political rally in the coastal village Brufut, about 15 kilometers (9 miles) west of the capital, Banjul.

“In line with the country’s religious identity and values, I proclaim Gambia as an Islamic state,” the Gambian leader said. About 90 percent of Gambia’s 1.8 million people are Muslim.

“Gambia cannot afford to continue the colonial legacy,” Jammeh said. The country gained independence from Britain in 1965.

Jammeh’s declaration was not to ally the country with the jihadist organization known as Isis.

He said the rights of Gambia’s Christian community will be respected. “We will be an Islamic state that would respect the rights of all citizens and non-citizens.”

The head of the country’s Islamic body wouldn’t say if he endorsed the declaration.

“We haven’t met yet to discuss over the presidential announcement,” said Gambia’s Supreme Islamic Council Chairman Imam Momodou Lamin Touray.

Hamat Bah of the opposition National Reconciliation Party criticized the decision. “There is a constitutional clause that says that Gambia is a secular state,” he said. “You cannot make such a declaration without going through a referendum.”

Gambia, which was part of the British Empire until 1965, is a popular beach destination for British tourists although Jammeh’s government has been frequently criticized by Britain and other Western powers for human rights abuses.

Jammeh has ruled Gambia since seizing power in 1994.

Minnesota: Muslim refugee deemed major Islamic terror recruiter turns self in

Source: Suspected American ISIS Recruiter Turns Himself In – ABC News

An American fugitive, who officials say is suspected of recruiting impressionable young men for terrorist groups including ISIS and was linked to at least one domestic terror attack in the U.S., has turned himself in to authorities, the State Department announced today.

Mohamed Abdullahi Hassan, known online as “Miski,” surrendered to the government of Somalia early last month, a State Department spokesperson told reporters. Hassan has been wanted by the FBI since he left the U.S. in 2009 for allegedly providing “material support” to the al Qaeda-linked terrorist group al-Shabab in Somalia, often purportedly by convincing young American recruits to join. U.S. officials accuse Hassan of since moving on to recruiting for the Syria-based terror group ISIS.

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Over the weekend ABC News reported that investigators were trying to determine if the couple who killed 14 people in San Bernardino last week had any online connection with Hassan in the months before he turned himself in.

Prior to the tragedy in San Bernardino, Hassan was linked to another deadly incident this year in Garland, Texas, where two men attempted to attack a Mohammad cartoon event, but were gunned down by police before they could kill anyone. In the days and weeks leading up to that attack, one of the gunmen had repeated social media contact with Hassan, who was urging his American followers to “do their part” like the three men who killed 12 people in Paris in January.

The State Department spokesperson said the U.S. Mission to Somalia is discussing Hassan’s case with the Somali government. The official noted that the U.S. and Somalia do not have an extradition agreement.

Since he was thought to have left the U.S. for Somalia, Hassan has popped up repeatedly online as a vocal proponent of jihad. Each time Twitter shuts down his account, he simply returned under a slightly different username and quickly reconnected with his supporters and potential recruits.

“His influence is quite extensive,” David Ibsen, Executive Director of the Counter Extremism Project, told ABC News after the Garland attack. “He’s known as one of the go-to individuals online who individuals who want more information about how to travel to ISIS-controlled territory, who want information about what these radical groups are doing, they go to him.”

Ibsen said Hassan is “kind of a new wave of propagandist who is really at the forefront of using communication tools to effectively put out that extremist message… Without individuals like him who are on Twitter and inciting violence, we could think that many of these events wouldn’t actually occur.”

An FBI wanted poster for Hassan that is still online says he is considered “armed and dangerous.”


See the post here. More via The American Terror Recruiter’s Link to Texas Shooting

A mysterious ISIS recruiter known online as “Miski” was in close and repeated social media contact with Elton Simpson for months before the Sunday attack in Garland, Texas, an ABC News investigation has found.

Miski is well known to FBI officials who say his real name is Muhammed Hassan, a fugitive since 2009 when he fled Minneapolis as a teenager to join terror groups in Africa.

Speaking in late April about the forthcoming Prophet Mohammad cartoon contest – the one targeted in Garland Sunday – would-be shooter Simpson tweeted “When will they ever learn?”

A few minutes later Miski responded, “Where are the warriors of this Ummah [community]?” And then, “The brothers from the Charlie Hebdo attack did their part. It’s time for brothers in the #US to do their part.”

Two days later, after Simpson tweeted about the purported oppression of Muslims, Miski tweeted at Simpson, “One individual is able to put a whole nation onto it’s [sic] knees.”

Eight days after that officials said Simpson and his roommate, Nadir Soofi, opened fire outside the Mohammad cartoon event in Texas, only to be gunned down by a traffic officer before they could kill anyone.

More via Somali ‘refugee’ linked to San Bernardino terror attack

Hasson had lived in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area of Minnesota, which is home to the largest Somali refugee community in the United States. He is one of at least 50 Somali refugees or sons of refugees who have left the U.S. since 2007 to join the ranks of ISIS, al-Shabab or other foreign terrorist groups.

These Somali refugees have American passports and could return to the U.S. as battle-hardened terrorists.

Yet, the U.S. government under President Barack Obama continues to flood the U.S. with 500 to 700 new Somali refugees every month — 6,000 to 8,000 a year. A total of about 110,000 Somali refugees have been resettled in the U.S. since 1991.

“With all the talk in Congress and the media about Syrian refugees, we don’t hear anything about Somali refugees and they have one of the worst records of not assimilating and being accomplices to terrorist acts,” said Ann Corcoran, refugee watchdog who blogs for Refugee Resettlement Watch.


Fox says he was in contact with the San Bernardino shooter “over the last month or so” – although Hassan has been in custody since early last month.

After chiding China, will Obama arrest Muslim war criminal al Bashir during UN visit?

Source: allAfrica.com: Sudan: Why Al-Bashir’s Visit to the UN Presents the US With a Diplomatic Challenge

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir’s planned visit to the United Nations in New York this month presents US President Barack Obama’s government with a potentially embarrassing diplomatic challenge.

At the end of June, Fatou Bensoda, the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), called on the UN Security Council to ensure compliance with the arrest warrant issued against al-Bashir in 2009.

The court wants to try him for war crimes and crimes against humanity. The chief prosecutor’s request came after it was announced that al-Bashir was planning to travel to New York to address a summit on sustainable development at the UN General Assembly.

Two weeks before the chief prosecutor’s call for action, al-Bashir escaped arrest in South Africa. He left with the help of the South African government. It ignored a court order preventing him from leaving after he attended the African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg.

If al-Bashir makes the trip to New York, international attention will focus on how Obama’s government responds. The US government is not a signatory to the ICC statute, but as the host country it has the legal authority to arrest al-Bashir if he enters US territory.

He may then be surrendered to the ICC on the basis of the 2009 arrest warrant. Since the US was party to the UN’s initial referral of the al-Bashir case to the ICC, the Obama government can hardly turn a blind eye to the latest developments.

The planned trip involves considerable risk to the US’s reputation, particularly because al-Bashir has evaded justice for six years. The question is: how does the US manage the question of al-Bashir’s immunity as a head of state attending a UN summit in New York?

They expected China to act, via Bashir Bags Goodies On China Trip

The US strongly condemned China for hosting President Bashir and called on Beijing to respect its international obligations as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

State Department spokesman Mark Toner said in statement on Tuesday that the ICC request for the arrest President Bashir still stands.

“We believe China, like any member of the Security Council, should weigh its concerns – or weigh the world’s concerns about President Bashir and the fact that he has an active warrant out for his arrest for war crimes,” said Mr Turner.

Though not a party to the Rome Statute, China, as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, was party to the decision that referred the Darfur case to the ICC in 2015.

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