Four Hezbollah ops arrested, used cartel drug money to fund jihad

Source: DEA: Hezbollah drug money scheme disrupted –

Four Hezbollah operatives were arrested for using millions in cocaine proceeds to fund terrorist activity

The Drug Enforcement Administration announced Monday that an international operation had netted a Hezbollah network using millions in drug money to fund terrorist activity in Syria and Lebanon.

The arrests targeted a division of Hezbollah, a Lebanese militant organization, that provides “a revenue and weapons stream … responsible for devastating terror attacks around the world,” DEA Acting Deputy Administrator Jack Riley said in a statement.

Seven countries, including France, Germany, Italy and Belgium, were involved in the operation, which apprehended four individuals. The investigation began last February, with the DEA saying that additional arrests were likely.

The terrorist network was said to be working with South American drug cartels to facilitate the movement of millions of dollars in cocaine to the United States and Europe, according to the DEA statement.

The DEA accused the group of using the proceeds of these drug sales to purchase weapons for Hezbollah for its activities in Syria. Hezbollah has sent thousands of fighters to bolster the Syrian regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

Hezbollah also receives weapons and financial support from Iran, but experts said that a combination of factors had increased the terrorist group’s reliance on revenue from criminal activity.

“Defending the Assad regime in Syria is a drain on personnel, funds, and military resources,” terrorism expert Matt Levitt of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy told CNN.

The decline in oil prices has led Iran to cut back support, forcing Hezbollah to reduce salaries, and one of the motivating factors behind Hezbollah’s embrace of criminal activity has been its desire to “reduce its financial reliance on Iran,” Levitt said.

Last week, the Treasury announced a series of sanctions targeting the financial support network for Hezbollah, which the State Department has designated a foreign terrorist organization.

The group has a long history of attacks, including one at the U.S. Marine barracks in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1983 that killed 241 Americans. Hezbollah has also been linked to terrorist plots against Israelis in Bulgaria in 2012 and Peru in 2014.

DEA spokesman Rusty Payne told CNN that the terrorist network was laundering the drug money through the acquisition and sale of high-end used cars, sometimes hiding the cash inside the vehicles themselves as they were shipped internationally.

Texas: 8 Illegal Syrians Caught at Border in Laredo (updated)

Update: Five more Syrians caught in Laredo and six Muslim men caught in Arizona!

How many more slipped in? Unvetted.

via: EXCLUSIVE — REPORT: 8 Syrians Caught at Texas Border in Laredo

Two federal agents operating under the umbrella of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are claiming that eight Syrian illegal aliens attempted to enter Texas from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. The federal agents spoke with Breitbart Texas on the condition of anonymity, however, a local president of the National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) confirmed that Laredo Border Patrol agents have been officially contacting the organization with concerns over reports from other federal agents about Syrians illegally entering the country in the Laredo Sector. The reports have caused a stir among the sector’s Border Patrol agents.

The sources claimed that eight Syrians were apprehended on Monday, November 16, 2015. According to the sources, the Syrians were in two separate “family units” and were apprehended at the Juarez Lincoln Bridge in Laredo, Texas, also known officially as Port of Entry 1.

Border Patrol agent and NBPC Local 2455 President Hector Garza told Breitbart Texas, “Border Patrol agents who we represent have been contacting our organization to voice concerns about reports from other agents that Syrians crossed the U.S. border from Mexico in the Laredo Sector. Our agents have heard about Syrians being apprehended in the area from other federal agents.” Agent Garza added, “At this time, I cannot confirm or deny that Syrians have crossed, for security reasons.”

Agent Garza further stated that in matters as sensitive as Syrians crossing the border from Mexico, it would be highly unlikely that federal agencies would publicize it or inform a broad group of law enforcement. He did say that Local 2455 is taking the reports seriously and that they “will be issuing an officer safety bulletin advising Border Patrol agents to exercise extra precautions as they patrol the border.”

Breitbart Texas can confirm that a Syrian did attempt to enter the U.S. illegally through Texas in late September. The Syrian was caught using a passport that belonged to someone else and U.S. authorities decided against prosecuting anyone involved due to “circumstances.”

And as we retweeted yesterday:  5 Illegal Syrians in #Honduras on their way to USA.

Double or triple whatever number the State Dept. or Obama tells us will be legally bought into the U.S. (That’s not a typo).

Top Law Enforcement Official: Muslim Terrorists Have Infiltrated U.S. Through Mexico


via Top Law Enforcement Official: Terrorists Have Infiltrated U.S. Through Mexico – Judicial Watch

A few days ago a top law enforcement official finally confirmed that Islamic terrorists have infiltrated the United States through Mexico, a story that Judicial Watch broke last year as part of an ongoing series involving the dangerously porous southern border.

Last October JW reported that four members of the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), who entered the U.S. through the Mexican border, were arrested in McAllen and Pharr Texas. Then, over the summer, JW reported that Mexican drug cartels are smuggling foreigners from countries with terrorist links into a small Texas rural town near El Paso and they’re using remote farm roads—rather than interstates—to elude the Border Patrol and other law enforcement barriers. The information comes from sources on both sides of the Mexico-U.S. border who say the Special Interest Aliens (SIA) are being transported to stash areas in Acala, a rural crossroads located around 54 miles from El Paso on a state road – Highway 20.

Prior to that JW published a series of investigative articles citing high-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources certifying that Islamic terrorist groups are operating in at least two Mexican border towns. In August, 2014 ISIS planned to attack the U.S. with car bombs or other vehicle borne improvised explosive devices (VBIED) from a camp in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez. Agents across a number of Homeland Security, Justice and Defense agencies were all placed on alert and instructed to aggressively work all possible leads and sources concerning the terrorist threat.

This past spring JW sources that include a Mexican Army field grade officer and a Mexican Federal Police inspector disclosed that ISIS is actually operating a camp just a few miles from El Paso. The exact location where the terrorist group has established its base is around eight miles from the U.S. border in an area known as “Anapra” situated just west of Ciudad Juárez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua. Another ISIS cell to the west of Ciudad Juárez, in Puerto Palomas, targets the New Mexico towns of Columbus and Deming for easy access to the United States, the same knowledgeable sources told JW.

For the most part, government officials have refused to go on the record about these serious terrorist threats and in fact many have outright denied they exist or have tried silencing sources. For instance, a congressman (Beto O’Rourke) who represents El Paso in the U.S. House of Representatives telephoned area offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) in an effort to identify—and evidently intimidate—sources that may have been used by JW to break the ISIS in Juarez story.

This makes it refreshing to hear a high-level government official confirm what JW has been reporting for more than a year. During a visit to Laredo a few days ago the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS), Steven McCraw, answered a question from a member of the public who asked if any suspected ISIS terrorists had ever been apprehended on the Mexican border. A local news outlet published McCraw’s answer: “Individuals that come across the Texas/Mexican border from countries with a known terrorism presence and the answer to that is yes. We have individuals that we’ve needed to debrief in Pashto/Dari. Not a lot of Pashto and Dari speakers around. But you can’t think about the last attack; you have to think of the next attack and where our vulnerabilities are. So, we’re concerned about that.” Before becoming DPS director in 2009 McCraw was an FBI special agent in several large U.S. cities as well as a DPS narcotics agent and a Texas state trooper.

Argentina: Prosecutor Investigating 1994 Hizbollah Bombing Found Dead Days After Exposing Deals with Iran

Oil and arms deals. via Argentine Prosecutor Investigating Jewish Center Bombing Found Dead

Alberto Nisman, an Argentine prosecutor investigating the 1994 bombing of a Jewish center in Buenos Aires, was found dead from a gunshot wound in his apartment on Monday, days after he accused Argentine President Cristina Fernandez of secretly negotiating with Iran to avoid punishments for those behind the attack.

The bombing of the Argentine-Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) in Buenos Aires killed 85 people and injured 300. Iran and Hezbollah have long been suspected of carrying out the attack. In 2013, Nisman, who had been investigating the bombing after Iran and Argentina reached a widely criticized deal to establish a joint “truth commission” to investigate the attack, released an indictment blaming Iran and Hezbollah for the bombing.

Last week, Nisman asked an Argentine judge to call in Fernandez as well as Argentine Foreign Minister Hector Timerman for questioning. Nisman told reporters that he believes the impunity of the Iranians involved in the attack was ordered by Timerman in exchange for securing closer ties with Iran for oil and weapons deals.

The president and her foreign minister took the criminal decision to fabricate Iran’s innocence to sate Argentina’s commercial, political, and geopolitical interests,” Nisman had said, The Associated Press reported.

Update: No gunpowder traces found on Nisman’s hands

Update 2: Obama administration intervened in Argentine probe of Iranian leader, Jewish center bombing

Update 3: Guest Post: Why I Fled Argentina After Breaking The Story Of Alberto Nisman’s Death

As we posted on the intrepid Nisman in 2013, Argentine Indictment Accuses Iran of Terror Plots, Cells in Latin America:


Cuba rejects plans for first mosque

Despite media attempts to spin Erdogan’s revisionist history. via Cuba rejects plans for first mosque | Worldbulletin News. h/t bella

Cuba’s communist government has turned down a plan to open a mosque in the capital Cuba.

Pedro Lazo Torres, the leader of Havana’s Muslim community, revealed that his joint efforts with Turkey’s Religious Affairs Foundation (TDV) to open a mosque in Havana was rejected.

Torres expressed his dismay at the decision, noting that Russia was granted permission to build an Orthodox church in the country but 4,000 Muslims in Cuba still have no official place of worship.

Cuban Muslims have until now had to make do with performing congregational prayers in Torres’s living room.

In April, TDV assistant manager Mustafa Tutkun sought permission to begin work on a mosque, which was to be designed after the famous Ortakoy mosque in Istanbul.

The plan was part of a wider project by the TDV in building mosques for Muslims who live in the Caribbean.

A similar project in Haiti is due to be complete by the end of this year.

A dose of reality at the all-things-Cuba blog babalu,  Ignorance on parade: Turkey’s president attracts world attention with mosque-in-Cuba story

A claim made yesterday by Turkey’s president is so insanely stupid and so connected to that October 2nd story that it needs to be covered here, especially because First World news publications are eating it up.

Go to “Cuba News” on Google and you will immediately encounter many versions of this latest Turkey/Cuba story.

Erdogan’s claim is that Muslims discovered Cuba centuries before Columbus, and that they built a mosque in the eastern part of the island, on top of a mountain, and that good old Admiral of the Ocean Sea Cristoforo/Cristobal actually saw that mosque and wrote about it.

Erdogan admits he is telling this tale so that Raul Castro and his minions will reconsider their decision and allow Turkey to build a mosque in Cuba.

The report below sets the record straight.   Columbus saw no mosque, he simply used the word “mezquita” (mosque) as a metaphor for an oddly-shaped mountain peak.  And, let’s not forget that Columbus thought he had reached a corner of Asia where he expected to find some Muslims.  Guarding one’s delusions is a natural reflex.  It took Columbus some time to admit he was nowhere near Cipango or the Kingdom of the Great Mogul or any other place where mosques might exist because he had much more riding on his delusions than most of us ever will.

The strongest connection that Turkey ever had with Cuba was the emigration of thousands of Sephardic Jews from the old Ottoman Empire to Cuba.  These Jews–whose ancestors had been robbed of their property and expelled from Spain in 1492– still feared Spanish anti-Semitism, and preferred to call themselves “Turcos” or Turks, just as the Ashkenazi Jews preferred to call themselves “Polacos” or Poles.   One member of this community of Jewish “Turcos” was none other than Lina Ruz, mother of Fidel and Raul Castro.  Ironically, most of these “Turcos” ended up being robbed of their property and expelled from Cuba by Fidel and Raul.

The First World news media never report on that story, however, which is far from fantasy, and far more interesting.

Columbus-bashing is so politically correct, and so fashionable that any chance to join in the assault proves irresistible to the First World news media.   Not even the anti-Erdogan riots in Turkey or Erdogan’s support for Hezbollah and Hamas have received so much coverage.

Much more, read it all and peruse the site.



Obama frees Gitmo jihadi, plans to release dozen more to South America


Last week Obama’s Gitmo board ok’d release of Saudi who “remains devoted” to al Qaeda. Now this, via Kuwaiti Guantanamo inmate freed, US plans dozen more releases – Yahoo News.

(AFP) – The United States is preparing to release more than a dozen Guantanamo detainees as President Barack Obama works towards his long-promised goal of closing the controversial military prison, an US defense official said Wednesday.

The news comes the same day the Defense Department sent home one of two remaining detained Kuwaitis, bringing the total population at the jail on a US naval base in Cuba to 148.

Fawzi al-Odah, 37 — who spent nearly 13 years in US detention — took off in a Kuwaiti government plane at 5:30 am (1030 GMT), Lieutenant Colonel Myles Caggins told AFP.

He was headed to a rehabilitation center in his home country created for former Guantanamo detainees — one which 10 Kuwaitis have already passed through.

Al-Odah’s release leaves 79 Guantanamo inmates cleared for release — never charged or tried for any crime and who have been approved by a special committee to be freed.

But efforts to send them home or to third party countries have languished as Obama has been thwarted by domestic and international obstacles.

Al-Odah was the first inmate freed since late May, when five Taliban Guantanamo detainnes were swapped for US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, a move that infuriated Republican lawmakers who protested they hadn’t been informed in advance.

The Obama administration said Wednesday it plans to speed up the releases in the coming months.

“The Department of Defense hopes to transfer more than a dozen detainees to countries in South America and Europe, in the next two months, through the winter,” a Pentagon official told AFP.

The official, who asked not to be named, said countries have agreed to take around 20 Guantanamo inmates, though the deals were not yet finalized.

Six are supposed to be sent to Uruguay, but their transfer has been blocked for political reasons there.

Meanwhile, the rocky situation in Yemen, the home country of many of the remaining detainees who have been cleared, means the Obama administration must find alternative destinations.

“Closing Guantanamo is a priority for the defense department,” Caggins told AFP.

“The Defense Department is working diligently to transfer the remaining detainees from Guantanamo,” he said, adding that the Pentagon will “notify Congress prior to any transfer in accordance with statutory requirements.”

Al-Odah was cleared by the Periodic Review Board at a hearing in July.

He had been arrested alongside fellow Kuwaiti Guantanamo detainee Fayez Al Kandari in northern Pakistan in late 2001, by tribesmen who sold them to the Pakistani army, who in turn handed them over to the United States.

The review board has recommended against releasing fellow Kuwaiti Al Kandari, ruling that he “almost certainly retains an extremist mindset and had close ties with high-level Al-Qaeda leaders in the past.”

Caggins said Al Odah’s “transfer took place consistent with appropriate security and humane treatment measures,” and in cooperation with the Kuwaiti government.

Recent media reports have suggested Obama was considering circumventing Congress, where he faces staunch opposition, to pave the way for shuttering the war-on-terror prison.

All this despite the fact that large numbers of Gitmo jihadists are returning to wage jihad with ISIS and other Muslim terror groups:

 And, as noted last week, the Taliban 5 released by Obama for military deserter Bowe Bergdahl have already met with Haqqani leaders.

 And this update from Noisy Room that may require a separate post:

Cancun: Hezbollah caught in vehicle with Belize plates

But don’t worry, the borders are safe. via Jose A. Sanchez – Facebook.

On Thursday August 28th, Police in Cancun, Mexico searched a Mercedez Benz with Belize license plates BCC-4400. It was being driven by Hacsam Elsayetd and in the vehicle were three other passengers, including two females. It is believed they went into Mexico legally at the checkpoint at Subtiniente Lopez.

These terrorists belong to the group “Hezbollah ” themselves who live in Belize according to data released necessarily had to enter the checkpoint Lieutenant Lopez. It is not yet known if the suspects carried Belizean passports.

Mexican authorities are aware that Belize is being used as a base for Hezbollah cells. In 2012, a fundraiser for Hezbollah Raffic Labboun was caught in Merida on parole violation. Labboun had secured within 48 hours a Belize passport in the name of Wilhelm Dick, an infant of the Mennonite community who died shortly after birth. Since then there have been several attempts to bolster the Immigration and Nationality Department against fraud and corruption. However, the department went into further infamy when it was revealed that junior Minister Elvin Penner assisted a South Korean national who was in a Taiwan prison to also secure a Belize passport. Penner claimed to have taken the Korean National Kim Won Hong to the Immigration Department himself as he was a personal friend of the man who apparently had never been to Belize. To date the Ministry of National Security nor the Immigration Department has sought to have the passport return to Belize. The advocacy group COLA had sought the passport as evidence in a case against Penner, who was kicked out of his political party.

Sources have not yet confirmed if the Hacsam Elsayetd is also Hassan El Sayed , a man who absconded Belize in 2002 when he was facing over 100 forgery charges in relation to passport applications. El Sayed was also wanted for questioning for $1.4 million dollars that then BTL CEO Gaspar Aguilar allegedly gave to him to change into US dollars on the black market. The funds were never returned. El Sayed allegedly died in a car crash in Lebanon in 2005 and was allegedly buried 24 hours later.

In 2013, Creeping Sharia posted: Hezbollah getting passports in Belize to travel from Mexico to U.S.

We also found this Wikileak post indicating the U.S. has known about Hezbollah in Belize for years.


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