Muslim jailed for setting up al-Qaeda training camp…in Oregon, USA

via British terrorist Haroon Aswat jailed for setting up al-Qaeda training camp in US | Daily Express

Haroon Aswat, 41, faces up to 20 years in prison for his role in terrorist activities in the state of Oregon in 1999.

Aswat pleaded guilty in March to charges of conspiracy and providing material support to al-Qaeda.

Prosecutors say Aswat, a British citizen of Indian descent, and another man, Oussama Kassir, went to Oregon 16 years ago at the request of radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri to set up the camp in a town called Bly.

Aswat’s intended role was to provide religious training at the camp, which prosecutors say was set up to support al-Qaeda and had the “terrifying objective” of training Muslim men to fight in Afghanistan.

Aswat, who is originally from West Yorkshire, is believed to have been in close contact with the four suicide bombers in the days before the London terror attacks on three Tube trains and a bus.

He was also an associate of the infamous British extremist Abu Hamza.

The one-eyed, handless Abu Hamza was convicted at trial in May 2014 by US District Judge Katherine Forrest, who will also sentence Aswat and in January handed Abu Hamza a life term.

Aswat (l), Hamza (c), unidentified future jihadi (r)

In court filings, lawyers for Aswat said a prison term of 12-and-a-half years would be appropriate, saying he was a gentle man who never condoned violence.But prosecutors have asked for the maximum sentence of 20 years, calling him a “loyal and devoted follower” of Abu Hamza.

Aswat’s lawyers have also said they hope he receives credit for time he has spent in custody since his arrest in Zambia in 2005 and deportation to Britain.

Oregon mass murderer was fan of Islamic State (ISIS), bought flag online

ISIS also claimed the Oregon massacre. via BARE NAKED ISLAM

The mainstream media didn’t think that information about Oregon shooter Chris Harper-Mercer’s Islamic connections were important enough to mention. (See link below). But now, evidence of a purchase he made online of the flag of the Islamic State (ISIS) has been found.

Harper-Mercer goes by the User Name IRONCROSS and left a comment about his purchase of an ISIS flag  (shown at left of comment) that reads:

“Exactly what I was looking for. I really like the quality. Great product, thanks! I will continue to make purchases from this company. I am very impressed. I WILL be back against soon. A+++++++ Seller. He also answered my questions quickly and satisfactorily. Received quickly, will be back for more purchases.”

Islamic State Flag, 3′ x 5′, ISIS, ISIL, Muslim, Islam

More: Islamic State claims Chris Harper Mercer mass murder


Oregon: Imam told Portland Seven that combat against U.S. was ‘legitimate jihad’


Prior posts on one of Oregon’s terror imams here, via:

The imam of Portland’s biggest mosque collected money from worshippers after 9/11, sending the Portland Seven to Afghanistan to fight against coalition forces, the U.S. Department of Justice alleges in its fight to deport the imam.

Arguments between lawyers for Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye and the Justice Department reveal new details of the government’s legal maneuvers to strip the imam of his citizenship.

As religious leader of Masjed As-Saber, Kariye told several members of the plot that “Muslims should fight with fellow Muslim brothers of Afghanistan against Americans” and that this combat was a “righteous fight … legitimate jihad,” Justice Department lawyers wrote in an exhibit filed earlier this month in the immigration case.

“Kariye was present when members of the Portland Seven left to go wage jihad, and he wished them good luck on their journey,” according to an exhibit filed earlier this month in the government’s lawsuit to strip Kariye of his citizenship.

The imam was never charged with any crime related to the Portland Seven. While people who prayed in his mosque were sentenced to prison for their roles in the failed plot, Kariye’s only U.S. criminal conviction came in 2003, when he got probation for understating his income to qualify for state healthcare benefits and using a Social Security card with a false birth date.

Kariye’s lawyers, Nicole Nelson and Philip James Smith, have filed papers seeking to dismiss the government’s lawsuit on jurisdictional grounds. They argue that federal law requires the U.S. attorney to file such a complaint, not the team from the Justice Department’s Office of Immigration Litigation in Washington, D.C.

Government lawyers Benjamin G. Mizer, William C. Peachey and Christopher W. Dempsey argued in a response filed earlier this month that the law allows them to represent the U.S. in filing the complaint to strip Kariye of his naturalization.

U.S. District Judge Anna J. Brown is expected to rule on the dueling motions, but it’s unclear when.

Oregon: Authorities Look to Revoke Citizenship of Terror-linked Imam


At least one Democrat would send him to an internment camp. via US Authorities Allege Oregon Imam Assisted Radicals – ABC News. h/t

U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of an Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups.

Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye raised money, recruited fighters and provided training for insurgent groups battling Soviet forces in Afghanistan in the 1980s, the U.S. Department of Justice says in a complaint filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Portland.

FILE - This May 11, 2012, file photo, Portland Imam Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, who is one of 15 men who say their rights were violated because they are on the U.S. government's no-fly list, leaves the United Sates Court of Appeals following oral arguments on the ACLU No Fly List challenge, in Portland, Ore. U.S. authorities are seeking to revoke the citizenship of the Oregon imam who they say tried to conceal past associations with radical Islamic groups. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)Kariye was one of more than a dozen people who filed a lawsuit challenging the no-fly list, winning last year a court order saying the government must provide information about why people are on the list.

The immigration complaint does not include criminal charges. Government lawyers say Kariye for a time “dealt directly” with Osama bin Laden and Abdullah Azzam, the founders of al-Qaida, and he recruited sympathizers in the United States and Pakistan for an al-Qaida precursor known as Maktab Al-Khidamat.

Kariye is also accused of being a founding officer and director of the now-defunct Global Relief Foundation, which authorities say provided assistance to terror groups including al-Qaida and promoted radical jihad.

Federal authorities say Kariye failed to reveal those details in his application for citizenship, which was granted in 1998.

Attempts to reach Kariye through his Portland mosque and a former attorney were not immediately successful.

Born in Somalia, Kariye came to the United States on a student visa in 1982, according to the complaint. Between 1985 and 1988, he traveled to Afghanistan, where he went to a jihadist training camp and fought with the Afghan mujahedeen against the Soviets. He helped process foreign fighters arriving in Pakistan for travel to training camps, authorities say, working directly with bin Laden and Azzam. At some point, he was arrested for his involvement with the mujahedeen and spent four months in a Pakistani prison.

After returning to the United States in 1988, he applied for asylum and swore under oath that he hadn’t left the country or been arrested.

The Soviets pulled out of Afghanistan in 1989, but the complaint alleges that Kariye returned to Pakistan in 1990 and worked for three years to recruit sympathizers and raise funds for Maktab Al-Khidamat, the precursor of al-Qaida. He was listed as the Oregon point of contact on a 1994 flyer advertising a nationwide fundraising tour for Afghan jihad.

As the longtime leader at Portland’s largest mosque, Masjed As-Saber, Kariye is a well-known figure in the city’s Islamic community. It was not immediately clear Monday whether Kariye is still the mosque’s imam.

Local Muslims have known for years of the FBI’s interest in him.

Kariye was arrested at Portland International Airport in 2002 by an FBI-led anti-terrorism task force. He pleaded guilty to using a fraudulent Social Security number and defrauding the state Medicaid program by lying about his income to receive state-funded health insurance. A federal judge sentenced him to five years on probation.

In a 2003 affidavit, the FBI said it believed Kariye provided support to seven Muslims who tried unsuccessfully to join the Taliban in fighting U.S. forces in Afghanistan. He was never charged.

Kariye was one of 10 people who in 2010 sued the federal government over their placement on the no-fly list. Eight others have since joined the case.

A federal judge in Portland ruled last year that the government must tell people what unclassified information was used to put them on the list, and if the information is classified, at least tell them the nature and extent of it.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing Kariye and other plaintiffs in the case, filed a motion in April saying the government still hadn’t provided them with enough information about their placement on the no-fly list.

More via Portland imam had ties to Osama bin Laden, 4 terrorist groups.

Here’s our 2012 post on Kariye:  Oregon mosque led by convicted Social Security fraudster

Oregon: Muslim Gets 87 Months for Funding Suicide Bomber Who Killed 30

via FBI — Oregon Resident Sentenced to 87 Months in Prison in Connection with 2009 Suicide Bombing of ISI Headquarters in Pakistan.

Reaz Qadir Khan, 51, a naturalized U.S. Citizen living in Portland, Oregon, was sentenced today to 87 months in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Michael W. Mosman of the District of Oregon in connection with the May 27, 2009, suicide bomb attack at Pakistan’s intelligence service (ISI) headquarters in Lahore, Pakistan. The attack killed approximately 30 people and injured some 300 more.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, Acting U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon and Special Agent in Charge Greg Bretzing of the FBI’s Portland Division made the announcement.

Khan previously entered a guilty plea admitting that he acted as an accessory after the fact to the crime of providing material support to terrorists. In entering his plea, Khan admitted arranging for the delivery of approximately $2,450 to Maldivian Ali Jaleel, one of the suicide bombers responsible for the May 27, 2009, attack. Khan also admitted to providing advice and financial assistance to Jaleel’s wives after the bombing, while knowing that providing such assistance would hinder and prevent the apprehension of Jaleel’s wives and others who may have helped in the attack. The 87-month sentence was jointly recommended by the parties and concludes a lengthy investigation of Khan’s connection to the attack.

Deport him.


Oregon: ‘ISIL we R here’ graffiti at elementary school playground in Salem

via ‘ISIL we R here’ graffitied at elementary school playground in S – KPTV. h/t Jihad Watch

SALEM, OR (KPTV) –  Salem police reported that someone painted alarming graffiti at Miller Elementary School this weekend.

Officers said “ISIL we R here” was spray-painted under a play structure. The graffiti was quickly cleaned up Monday morning.

Salem police said there is no known ISIL activity in the area.

This is also the first time they have seen graffiti like this.

“Of course it’s alarming,” Miller Elementary School Principal Jessica Brenden said. “It was a big surprise that it happened here at Miller.”

Brenden was disappointed someone would do this at her school.

“It’s unfortunate we had to put resources into cleaning it up when the resources could be spent in the classroom,” Brenden said.

Salem police said there is not much to go on in this case. Officers do not have any suspect description and only know that the crime was committed sometime over the weekend.

Investigators ask that anyone with information about the graffiti call the Salem Police Department at 503-588-6123.


Portland: Muslim sanitation worker pleads guilty to funding terrorist suicide bomber who killed more than 30

via Portland sanitation worker pleads guilty to role in funding terrorist suicide bomber in Pakistan | h/t Jihad Watch.


In a surprise move, a Portland sanitation worker pleaded guilty Friday to providing money to a terrorist who died in a 2009 suicide bombing outside an office of Pakistan’s spy service.

The suicide bombing in Lahore killed more than 30 people.

A Portland federal grand jury indicted Reaz Khan just after Christmas 2012, accusing him of taking part in a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. Khan’s lawyers vigorously denied the allegations.

Less than two months ago, the American Civil Liberties Union joined the defense team and appeared ready to challenge the constitutionality of surveillance operations that helped U.S. government agents make their case against Khan.

It was expected that Khan’s legal team would target the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, known as FISA, which allowed the government to electronically eavesdrop on Khan.

But in an abrupt turnabout, Khan’s primary lawyer, Amy Baggio, told the court that she had reached a plea deal with government prosecutors that would allow for a reduced sentence.

Khan, 51, a Pakistani-born naturalized U.S. citizen, admitted to Mosman that he was guilty of being an accessory after the fact in a conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists that resulted in death.

Speaking in a soft voice, Khan acknowledged that he had last seen suicide bomber Ali Jaleel at the turn into the 21st century. But they had shared emails in 2005 and 2006.

In the fall of 2008, Khan said, Jaleel emailed him in Oregon and said it was imperative he leave the Maldives to go to Pakistan. This begat a series of emails about Jaleel’s travel plans and his family.

Jaleel, a fellow Sunni Muslim, was killed in the May 27, 2009, bombing and small-arms attack at a compound in Lahore, near offices of police and Pakistan’s spy service, the Inter-Services Intelligence agency.

Khan also admitted to Mosman that he provided advice and financial assistance to Jaleel’s wives after the bombing.

In the highly structured plea deal, Khan is expected to receive a sentence of seven years and three months in federal prison. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 15 years and a $125,000 fine.

The FBI had arrested Khan in March 2013, but the court allowed him to post bail — a rarity in Oregon’s federal judicial district — so that he could prepare for trial in the national security case.

Read: Timeline of the case

Khan, a wastewater treatment operator on unpaid leave from his job, was accused of wiring money to Jaleel, part of an old pact to seek martyrdom in the name of Allah.

They were expected at trial to seize on a Jan. 14, 2006, email in which Jaleel reminds Khan about their shared promise to seek martyrdom in the name of Allah.

A line from the email appears to be Jaleel quoting Khan’s own words: “This world is of no use to us so let’s sacrifice ourself for the pleasure of Allah in his way???”

The government accuses Khan of making good on those words, funding Jaleel’s training as a terrorist in 2008.

Sentencing is scheduled June 8.



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