Top U.S. Commander Reminds Troops To Obey Sharia Law During Ramadan

via U.S. Troops Face Eating, Drinking Restrictions During Ramadan | The Weekly Standard.

A top commander in southwest Asia reminded U.S military personnel stationed in Muslim countries in the Middle East of the restrictions placed on them during Ramadan. According to a report by the U.S. Air Forces Central Command Public Affairs, Brig. Gen. John Quintas, 380th Air Expeditionary Wing commander in Southwest Asia, said that the U.S. is “committed to the concepts of tolerance, freedom and diversity.” But he added that soldiers should “become more informed and appreciative of the traditions and history of the people in this region of the world… [R]emember we are guests here and that the host nation is our shoulder-to-shoulder, brothers and sisters in arms, risking their lives for our common cause to defeat terrorism.”

During the 30-day religious celebration of Ramadan, even non-Muslims are expected to obey local laws regarding eating, drinking, and using tobacco in public. Violators can be fined up to $685 or receive two months in jail. A spokesperson for United States Central Command [CENTCOM] said that “we are not aware of any specific instances of anyone being arrested” for such violations.

\For military personnel outside of U.S.-controlled areas, the only exceptions for the rules are for those “performing strenuous labor.” Such personnel are “authorized to drink and consume as much food as they need to maintain proper hydration and energy.” It is unclear what constitutes “strenuous labor” or whether additional exceptions might be made during a heatwave affecting some areas of the region that has taken hundreds of lives.

The report on CENTCOM’s website is accompanied by the following graphic urging military personnel to “respect Ramadan.”


Bring the troops home. Let them protect our borders.

Obama Releases 6 More Gitmo Jihadists, Including Bin Laden Bodyguards

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Obama has now released at least 126 jihadists from Gitmo. via Obama Transfers 6 Guantanamo Bay Detainees, Including Alleged Usama Bin Laden Bodyguards

Six detainees at the Guantanamo Bay detention center, including three alleged to have been bodyguards for Usama bin Laden, have been transferred to Oman, the Department of Defense said Saturday.

The six new transfers are Emad Abdullah Hassan, Idris Ahmad ‘Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad Awad, all alleged bodyguards to bin Laden, Sharaf Ahmad Muhammad Mas’ud, Saa’d Nasser Moqbil Al Azani and Muhammad Ali Salem Al Zarnuki.

This is the first time in roughly the past five months that Guantanamo suspects have been transferred, as Congress considers new restrictions on such moves.

The number of detainees at the facility is now 116, compared to 242 when President Obama took office.

Fox News military analyst Gen. Jack Keane (Ret.) said on “America’s News Headquarters” that all six detainees were assessed in 2008 as having a high risk to rejoin their Al Qaeda brothers.

“That was in 2008. What has changed since then?” Keane asked.

He said that he believes it is highly likely that these six will cross over from Oman to their home country of Yemen where they can reengage with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

“There’s no indication that they’ve been rehabilitated. This is about a process that’s going on because the president wants to close Guantanamo Bay, and he’s going to empty it out as a way to close it,” Keane said.

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Many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S. military equip in ISIS’s hands

And more being sent their way. via U.S. Shoots Itself In the Foot By Accidentally Arming ISIS – Yahoo News.

Last weekend, the new Iraqi prime minister, Haider al-Abadi, gave Iraqi state television the first detailed accounting of those lost weapons. Some were old or barely functioning, but others were in good shape and of great value to the ISIS militants.

According to Reuters, the U.S.-made weaponry that fell into enemy hands including 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles, at least 40 M1A1 main battle tanks, 74,000 machine guns, and as many as 52 M198 howitzer mobile gun systems, plus small arms and ammunition.

Although al-Abadi and other Iraqi and U.S. officials haven’t attached a dollar sign to the lost weaponry and vehicles, a back-of-the-envelope calculation of those losses might look something like this:

  • 2,300 Humvee armored vehicles @ $70,000 per copy. Total: $161 million
  • 40 M1A1 Abram tanks @ $4.3 million per copy. Total: $172 million
  • 52 M198 Howitzer mobile gun systems @ $527,337 per copy. Total: $27.4 million
  • 74,000 Army machine guns @ $4,000 per copy. Total: $296 million

The grand total comes to $656.4 million, but experts say those losses represent just a portion of the many hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of U.S.-supplied military equipment that has fallen into ISIS’s hands and is being used against the U.S. and allied forces on the ground in Iraq and neighboring Syria.

ISIS added to its armada of captured U.S. military vehicles and tanks when Iraqi Security Forces fled the provincial capital of Ramadi late last month and left behind their equipment, according to Military.com.  A Pentagon spokesman said that some artillery pieces had been left behind, but he could not say exactly how many. He said about 100 wheeled vehicles and dozens of tracked vehicles were lost to ISIS when the last remaining Iraqi defenders abandoned the city, which is 60 miles west of Baghdad.

Add to that the many hundreds of U.S.-manufactured weapons and vehicles left behind by Iraqi troops on the battle field, and ISIS apparently doesn’t have to worry about running short on weapons and ammunition

Gordon Adams, a military expert at American University, said on Wednesday that while gauging the extent of military equipment losses to ISIS is a risky game, “There is a fair amount of evidence that ISIS is walking off with not only tons of our equipment but a fair amount of the Syrian government’s equipment as well.”

Whatever the numbers, Adams added, it’s an unusual and troubling phenomenon that “we’re helping to arm our enemy.”


And we keep sending them hundreds of millions of dollars worth of additional weapons: Iraq losing equipment to Islamic State at staggering rate

To help replenish Iraq’s motor pool, the U.S. State Department last year approved a sale to Iraq of 1,000 Humvees, along with their armor upgrades, machine guns and grenade launchers. The United States previously donated 250 Mine Resistant Armored Personnel carriers (MRAPs) to Iraq, plus unaccountable amounts of material left behind when American forces departed in 2011. The United States is currently in the process of moving to Iraq 175 M1A1 Abrams main battle tanks, 55,000 rounds of main tank-gun ammunition, $600 million in howitzers and trucks, $700 million worth of Hellfire missiles and 2,000 AT-4 rockets.

The Hellfires and AT-4′s, anti-tank weapons, are presumably going to be used to help destroy the American armor in the hands of Islamic State. The United States is also conducting air strikes to destroy weapons seized by Islamic State. It’s a surreal state of affairs in which American weaponry is being sent into Iraq to destroy American weaponry previously sent into Iraq. If a new sequel to Catch-22 were to be written, this would be the plot line.

The United States also continues to spend money on training the Iraqi military. Some 3,000 American soldiers are currently in Iraq preparing Iraqi soldiers to perhaps someday fight Islamic State; many of the Americans are conducting the training on former military bases abandoned by the United States following Gulf War 2.0. In addition, some $1.2 billion in training funds for Iraq were tucked into an omnibus spending bill that Congress passed earlier this year. This is in spite of the sad reality that from 2003 to 2011, the United States spent $25 billion training Iraqi security forces.

“Now the United States government wants to provide more military supplies to the Iraqi government to combat Islamic State. But I haven’t heard many people recognizing, let alone discussing, the potential negative unintended consequences of doing so. How do we know the weapons and supplies will be used as desired? Why should we have any confidence that supplying more military hardware to a country with a dysfunctional and ineffective government will lead to a good outcome either in Iraq or in the broader region?”


It’s almost as if Obama is intentionally arming ISIS. More via Declassified: U.S. Saw Islamic State Coming, Let It Take Ramadi

The U.S. watched Islamic State fighters, vehicles and heavy equipment gather on the outskirts of Ramadi before the group retook the city in mid-May. But the U.S. did not order airstrikes against the convoys before the battle started. It left the fighting to Iraqi troops, who ultimately abandoned their positions.

U.S. intelligence and military officials told me recently, on the condition of anonymity, that the U.S. had significant intelligence about the pending Islamic State offensive in Ramadi. For the U.S. military, it was an open secret even at the time.

 

Muslim whose father led notorious Boston terror mosque ‘killed in Iraqi air strike’

A second Muslim reportedly from the U.S. was vaporized in the same strike. via Two US jihadis who made ISIS videos ‘are killed in Iraqi air strike’  | Daily Mail Online.

France-born Abousamra has long been known to American authorities, having been questioned in 2006 on suspicion of having travelled to Iraq to join a fledgling ISIS in their fight against U.S. troops two years earlier.

Later that year Abousamra is believed to have slipped out of the country and headed to Syria.

In 2009, he was charged with federal terrorism offenses relating to a would-be attack in Boston. In 2013 he was placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a $50,000 reward for his capture.abousamra500

Two American nationals – including a jihadi featured on the FBI’s ‘Most Wanted Terrorists’ list – are believed to have been killed fighting for the Islamic State in Iraq.

Ahmad Abousamra, 33, and Abu Osama al-Amriki are understood to have died as a result of an airstrike by Iraqi warplanes in the west of the largely ISIS-held province of Anbar.

A number of other senior ISIS commanders – including the jihadi in charge of local suicide bombing operations – were also killed in the airstrikes.

The Americans are said to have been heavily involved in the production of ISIS’ propaganda videos, and have even been linked to the sickening filmed beheadings of two Britons and three U.S. nationals in a series of videos released by the terror group last summer.

The deaths of the two America nationals were released by the the Iraqi military to the Al Arabiya news service following the successful airstrike.

They are said to have been killed alongside a number of senior ISIS figures of Middle East and North African origin, including explosives expert Abu Aicha al-Ansari, charity supervisor Abu Hussein al-Sulaimani and suicide bomb coordinator Abdullatif Jumaa al-Mohammedi.

The two Americans were expressly identified as having a senior role within ISIS’ production and distribution of sickening propaganda videos – potentially including those featuring the murder of Western hostages James Foley, Steven Sotloff, David Haines, Alan Henning and Peter Kassig.

Abousamra returned to the U.S. for undisclosed reasons in 2006 and was questioned about his disappearance but released without charge. He later slipped out the country and rejoined ISIS.

U.S. authorities believe Abousamra used his background in telecommunications to master social media, encouraging fighters to communicate with their followers, encouraging them to join the terror group or help spread their chilling propaganda videos.

Last September investigative journalist Paul Sperry wrote a report in the New York Post claiming Abousamra had attended the same notorious mosque as the Boston bombers Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, as well as other convicted terrorists.

‘Abousamra’s father, a prominent doctor, even sat on the board of directors of the Muslim organization that runs the [Islamic Society of Boston] mosque. He stepped down after the FBI began questioning his son,’ Sperry said.

‘As mosque president, internal documents show, Dr. Abousamra hired Hafiz Masood, brother of a known Pakistani terrorist, to be the imam of a mosque in Sharon, Mass., which his son also attended,’ the article added.

As yet little information has been revealed about the other American national killed alongside Abousamra, although the Iraqi military called him an ‘ISIS documentary film maker’.

The jihadi’s background is not known, but his use of ‘al-Amriki’ – Arabic for ‘the American’ – in his nom de guerre clearly indicates a U.S. link.

 

U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s special forces joins Islamic State

…vows death to “American pigs.” via The U.S.-trained commander of Tajikistan’s special forces has joined the Islamic State – The Washington Post.

In late April, the chief of an elite police unit in Tajikistan disappeared. Relatives said Col. Gulmurod Khalimov, who commanded the Tajik Interior Ministry’s special forces, had gone on a business trip. Other rumors suggested he had vanished after falling out with colleagues at a high-level meeting.

Now, there appears to be more clarity: Khalimov is in Syria and has defected to the Islamic State.

That’s according to a recent video that emerged online showing Khalimov clad in black and espousing the cause of the jihadist organization. It’s hard to tell where the footage was shot, but in the video, Khalimov claims to have joined the Islamic State, making him one of the most high-profile central Asians to travel to Syria and enter the extremists’ ranks. He also made clear he’s not alone.

“Listen, you dogs, the president and ministers,” Khalimov says in the video, “if only you knew how many boys, our brothers are here, waiting and yearning to return to reestablish sharia law there.”

Khalimov received training from elite instructors in Russia as well as in the United States, according to a U.S. official. He had choice words for foreign governments.

“Listen, you American pigs, I’ve been three times to America, and I saw how you train fighters to kill Muslims,” he said. “God willing, I will come with this weapon to your cities, your homes, and we will kill you.”

In the video, Khalimov urges his compatriots to “stop serving infidels.”


The video WAPO referred to several times but failed to link to:

Brooklyn: Muslim pleads guilty to conspiring to kill U.S. troops

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via Yemeni national Saddiq al-Abbadi pleads guilty – CNN.com.

A Yemeni national has pleaded guilty to conspiring to kill U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, authorities said Tuesday.

Saddiq al-Abbadi also admitted to providing material support to al Qaeda, federal prosecutors in New York said in a statement.

He could receive a life sentence.

“The defendant was a high-level al Qaeda operative with ties to the terrorist group’s senior leadership in both Pakistan and Yemen,” said acting U.S. Attorney Kelly T. Currie. “He fought in battles against U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, tried to kill U.S. troops in Afghanistan by luring them to a compound rigged with explosives, and helped an American citizen gain entry to al Qaeda.”

Al-Abbadi, 40, was among two men arrested in Saudi Arabia and then transferred to U.S. custody. Al-Abbadi had already served more than five years of a 12-year prison sentence in Saudi Arabia before he was handed over.

Prosecutors say al-Abbadi traveled from Yemen to Iraq, where he fought from 2005 to 2007 with al Qaeda-linked forces against American soldiers. He went to Pakistan in 2008, worked with senior members of al Qaeda and then traveled to Afghanistan to fight U.S. forces there, according to the complaint.

After that, he went to Afghanistan. In June 2008, he attempted to booby-trap a compound, but U.S. forces noticed the wiring and also saw ordnance lying around. No one was killed as the troops left, and the area was destroyed later.

Al-Abbadi also helped American Bryant Neal Vinas join al Qaeda.

Vinas, a native of New York, pleaded guilty in January 2009 to charges of aiding al Qaeda and helping attack a U.S. military base in Afghanistan, but his case was kept secret until July 2009. Authorities accused Vinas of firing rockets at the base along with others in September 2008, and of providing al Qaeda with information about the New York transit system and the Long Island Railroad. Vinas had been arrested in Pakistan late in 2008.

Ali Alvi, the other man who was arrested with al-Abbadi, has pleaded not guilty, according to media reports.

 

Canada Frees Gitmo Terrorist Who Killed US Army Sgt.

via Gitmo Terrorist Who Killed Army Sgt., Lived at Bin Laden Compound Freed in Canada – Judicial Watch

An Al Qaeda terrorist guilty of murdering a U.S. Army sergeant and “transferred” from Guantanamo to Canada by the Obama administration has been released from an Alberta prison while he appeals his conviction for war crimes.

His name is Omar Ahmed Khader and he’s a member of Canada’s “first family of terror,” according to an international news report that confirms Khader’s father was an associate of Osama Bin Laden who moved his family to Pakistan to support the Afghan mujahideen in its war against the Soviet Union. In 2010 Khader was convicted of five war crimes, including throwing a grenade that killed Army Sergeant Christopher Speer in Afghanistan during a 2002 combat operation.

Khader spent around a decade at the U.S. military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba and in 2010 cut a deal to serve the majority of his sentence in Canada. Under the terms, he admitted being an “alien unprivileged enemy belligerent” and throwing the grenade that killed Sergeant Speer. In 2012 Khader was taken to Canada, where he evidently began working on an appeal. This month a Canadian judge ordered the release of the jihadist while he appeals his U.S. convictions. Canadian government officials argue that the judge has no jurisdiction to hear the unprecedented bail application from an offender convicted abroad and returned to Canada, according to a national news story.

The bottom line is that this terrorist, like so many others who have returned to jihadist causes after leaving Gitmo, never should have been released. To meet his longtime goal of closing Gitmo President Obama has tried clearing out the military compound that still houses the world’s most dangerous terrorists, including 9/11 masterminds Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (KSM), Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al Hawsawi as well as USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri. In December Judicial Watch reported that the U.S. government put an Al Qaeda operative that had been freed from Gitmo on a global terrorist list and offered a $5 million reward for information on his whereabouts.

Hundreds of Gitmo terrorists who have been discharged over the years—under a program that started with President George W. Bush—have reengaged in terrorism. In fact, Judicial Watch has been reporting this for years based on U.S. intelligence sources. Back in 2010 JW wrote about a report that the Director of National Intelligence gave Congress documenting that 150 former Gitmo detainees were confirmed or suspected of “reengaging in terrorist or insurgent activities after transfer.” At least 83 remained at large, according to the document.

Now we must worry that yet another radical extremist who hates America is on the loose, in a friendly neighboring country where cross border travel is quite easy. Khader was encouraged by his father, a senior Al Qaeda leader in Canada, to travel to Khowst Afghanistan to translate for Al Qaeda personnel and participate in jihad against the United States, according to a Department of Defense (DOD) file kept by the Joint Task Force Guantanamo. “Detainee received training and instruction on how to build and plant Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and how to plant land mines,” the DOD file says. It also reveals that Khader “admitted to taking part in several mining and combat operations” and that he was present during a 2002 raid on a suspected Al Qaeda compound by U.S. Special Forces. “Detainee was wounded and captured after killing the USSF soldier,” the DOD writes.

Khader has direct family affiliations with senior Al Qaeda members, the Pentagon file states, and his entire family lived at one of Osama bin Laden’s compounds in Jalalabad Afghanistan. The U.S. government considered him to be a detainee of “high intelligence value” who provided important information on the Derunta, Al-Farouq and Khalden training camps as well as key Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives. The U.S. let Khader go even though it had labeled him a “high risk” enemy combatant “likely to pose a threat to the U.S., its interest or its allies.”


More on Khadr and his jihadist family: Continue reading

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