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.

Florida: Congresswoman Donates Radical Muslim Contribution to Charity

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & her intern

Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen & her intern (June 18)

via Congresswoman Donates Radical Muslim Contribution to Charity.

by Joe Kaufman

A little over one month ago, this author asked United States Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen to distance herself from an Islamic extremist she seemed warm towards and to rid herself from campaign funds she received from the extremist’s radical associate. One month ago, the funds were removed and sent off to charity. It was a laudable gesture on the part of the Congresswoman, and she should be thanked for it. However, she needs to do more.

When it comes to the issues of terrorism and Islamic extremism, U.S. Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen is always one of the first people to stand up, speak out and vote the right way. When it comes to individuals and organizations which threaten America and her ally Israel, Representative Ros-Lehtinen is always there to defend what’s right. That is why it was so disturbing for this author to discover that the Congresswoman offered praise to someone and took money from someone else whom this author considers threats to the community.

On May 7, 2015, I sent an e-mail to Keith Fernandez, the Communications Director of the Congressional office of Representative Ros-Lehtinen, respectfully asking for the Congresswoman to do the following:

  1. Take back the kind words she tweeted about an Islamic extremist named Saif Ishoof;
  2. Formally drop Ishoof from her Young Leaders for Ileana Coalition;
  3. Return the money her Congressional campaign had received in 2010 from Ishoof’s radical Muslim colleague, Khurrum Wahid.

In my e-mail, I mentioned that I had asked something similar of United States Senator Barbara Boxer eight-plus years ago, and she graciously complied with my request. In December 2006, Senator Boxer’s office had presented an “Outstanding Service” award to Basim Elkarra, the director of the Sacramento, California office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). After I educated Boxer’s staff about CAIR’s links to terrorism and Elkarra’s own extremism, Boxer rescinded the award. I was/am asking Ros-Lehtinen to do likewise.

Khurrum Basir Wahid is a South Florida lawyer, who has devoted a huge portion of his legal career to defending individuals who the U.S. government has charged with terrorism. His past clients include: Rafiq Sabir, who received a 25-year prison sentence for conspiring to provide material support to al-Qaeda; Ahmed Omar Abu Ali, who was given a life sentence for being part of al-Qaeda and for plotting to assassinate President George W. Bush; and Hafiz Khan, a Miami, Florida imam who shipped $50,000 to the Taliban to kill American troops overseas.

Wahid has served as a legal advisor for the national office of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and a director of CAIR’s Florida chapter. CAIR was founded, in June 1994, as part of a terrorist umbrella run by then-global leader of Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook. In 2007 and 2008, CAIR was named by the U.S. Justice Department a co-conspirator for two federal trials dealing with the financing of millions of dollars to Hamas. Along with ISIS and al-Qaeda, CAIR was recently labeled a terrorist group by United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to the Miami New Times, Wahid himself was placed on a federal terrorist watch list in 2011.

Today, Wahid is the co-chairman of Emerge USA. He is also one of the founders of Emerge. The group attempts to dupe politicians into attending its events by seducing them with a “Muslim vote,” but in reality, Emerge is nothing more than a front for anti-American and anti-Israel Islamists.

In September 2014, Emerge held an event at the al-Qassam Mosque (a.k.a. Islamic Community of Tampa), the mosque established by Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader and former client of Khurrum Wahid, Sami al-Arian. Al-Qassam is named after Izzedin al-Qassam, the individual who was the inspiration for PIJ’s founding. The event was organized by Laila Abdelaziz. In November 2012, when Israel invaded Gaza, following thousands of rockets fired by Hamas at Israeli citizens, Abdelaziz tweeted, “Don’t worry ya Gaza, we’re working hard for you in Florida.”


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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.

Watch more here.

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.

 

Florida: Sentencing delayed again for imam accused of jihad plot (updated)

via Sentencing delayed again for man accused of jihad plot – Orlando Sentinel.

The sentencing of an Orange County man accused of teaching terrorist beliefs and tactics was delayed Thursday because a federal judge needed more time to review the sentencing guidelines.

Marcus Robertson, also known as Abu Taubah, allegedly trained another man, Jonathan Jimenez, about various military and jihadi extremist tactics to commit violent crimes overseas.

Robertson, 46, is also accused of planning to use the false tax refunds to support an overseas terrorism movement.

He was previously convicted in 2012 of illegal firearm possession and in 2014 of conspiracy to file a false income-tax-refund claim.

If the judge finds Robertson was involved with terrorist activities, his sentence could increase from probation to 20 years in prison, according Robertson’s attorney, Daniel Broderson.

Jimenez is serving a 10-year prison sentence after pleading guilty in 2012 for lying to FBI agents and falsifying income-tax documents, records show.

“The person who came down here was not an extremist,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Roger Handberg said Thursday during closing arguments. “He became an extremist because of Mr. Robertson.”

Jimenez moved from New York to the Orlando area in November 2010.

Federal agents learned about Robertson’s plan, Handberg said, by using a confidential source to get information out of Jimenez.

According to Jimenez, whom prosecutors described as a “parrot,” Robertson taught him how to shoot and use a knife and the benefits of being a martyr and suicide bombings.

Broderson said Jimenez’s account can’t be trusted because he is a known liar who is in prison for lying.

When Robertson took the stand, he told the court about the good things he’s done in communities across the country through the years — including his work from 2004 to 2006 in gang intervention in California for those who wanted to escape the gang lifestyle.

“I don’t believe I would be here if I were white and Christian,” said Robertson, who is Muslim. “How am I a threat to society when I have a white-collar crime? I’m not a bodyguard for no terrorist leaders.”


It’s been reported that he actually was a ORLANDO JIHAD” target=”_blank”>bodyguard for the convicted Muslim terrorist and mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the one-eyed Sheik Abdul Rahman.

More: Terror-linked Muslim group CAIR is defending the Muslim terrorist.

“They’re essentially trying to give an imam 20 years in prison simply for possessing literature, and that’s an assault on the First Amendment, and we’re very concerned about that,” said Muslim advocate Hassan Sibly.

Update: U.S. District Court Judge Gregory A. Presnell delayed sentencing date for Imam accused in jihad plot after CAIR testified and followers wrote letters to judge.

Click here to send your email urging Judge Presnell to give the maximum sentence to Marcus Dwayne Robertson aka Imam Abu Taubah.

Previous posts on Abu Taubah.

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.

 

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