7 Afghani Muslims in the U.S. for Military Training are AWOL

Not so much as a warning to Americans? No BOLO? No names, no photos? Americans, you are on your own.

Source: Missing Afghans Raise Terrorism Fears – Washington Free Beacon

Several Afghan nationals undergoing military training in the United States disappeared from U.S. military bases this month, according to Pentagon and Homeland Security officials.

“During the month of September, seven Afghan students were considered absent without leave (AWOL) during international military student programs,” Pentagon spokesman Cmdr. Patrick L. Evans said.

Three of the Afghan military trainees fled from a Pentagon training program two weekends ago during the bombing spree in New York and New Jersey by Afghan-born bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami, raising concerns among security officials that the missing Afghan students may be linked to terrorism or plans for attacks in the United States.

The disappearance of the Afghans comes amid heightened fears of increasing Islamist terror attacks around the country. The attacks have included the New York area bombings and attempted bombings, a knife attack at a Minnesota mall by a Somali jihadist, and other regional shootings.

Two of the missing Afghans had been training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, and one was training at Fort Gordon, Georgia.

An Army source said the Afghans who left the weekend of the New York area bombings appeared to be part of a coordinated effort. The three men are being probed for possible connections to Rahami. “Initial assessment is that there is not relation and the timing is coincidental,” the source said.

Evans declined to comment on whether the Pentagon has security concerns about the missing Afghans.

Sarah Rodriguez, a spokeswoman for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement service, said authorities are pursuing the Afghans.

“ICE Homeland Security Investigations is aware of the situation, and is actively working to locate these individuals in coordination with the State Department and the Department of Defense,” she said, declining specifics because of the ongoing investigation.

However, the service, which tracks illegal aliens, was notified of the missing Afghans.

Four other Afghan military trainees fled over the Labor Day weekend, two from Fort Benning, Georgia, one from Fort Lee, Virginia, and one from an Army facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

A defense official said two of the Afghans were accounted for and suggested the two men may have fled the United States.

It is not the first time Afghan military students have disappeared. Two maintenance airmen from the Afghan Air Force disappeared from Moody Air Force Base in Georgia in December. One was later found in Virginia.

Retired Army officer Joe Myers, who was posted in Kabul, Afghanistan, said the U.S. military frequently trains foreign military students as part of a security assistance and international training and education program.

“It is not unusual at times for some foreign students to use the opportunity to not return to their country of origin,” Myers said.

“In the case of Afghanistan it is more sensitive for homeland security when their students disappear, especially in light of actual graduates of programs such as the new ISIS military commander, Gulmurod Khalimov, who attended and completed several State Department sponsored counterterrorism programs,” Myers said.

The missing soldiers were part of the International Military Education and Training program under the Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

According to the agency’s website, the military education is aimed at training future leaders, fostering a better understanding of the United States, and establishing closer ties between the U.S. and Afghan militaries.

Evans, the Pentagon spokesman, defended the program to train Afghan troops. “It is important to note that the majority of Afghans who train in the U.S. successfully complete their training and return to their country,” he said.

“However, there have been occasions where [military officials] have learned of plans to go AWOL. In some of those cases, those students have been returned immediately to their country,” he said.

A manual for training foreign military personnel states that the training can include “potentially sensitive or lethal training.”

Foreign military students that are absent from scheduled activities for more than 24 hours are considered “AWOL.”

Once declared missing, details about the foreign military students are sent to military police as well as to the Defense Intelligence Agency, FBI, and U.S. Northern Command.

A working group currently monitors the status of all missing foreign military students. The group is composed of officials from ICE, DIA, FBI and Northcom.


That working group has compromised leadership that are not upholding their oath to protect Americans from all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Some of these defectors who were supposedly vetted will end up being your neighbors.

Related:

Massachusetts: Afghan soldier who deserted training in U.S. granted “asylum”

Texas: 17 Afghan Military Members AWOL From U.S. Air Force Base

Georgia: Two (more) Afghan military trainees disappear

Massachusetts: 3 Afghan Army trainees fled U.S. training assignments

 

Muslim hacker gets 20 years for sending ‘kill list’ of US military members to ISIS

Well-vetted. Source: Ardit Ferizi, hacker who aided Islamic State, sentenced for helping terror group with ‘kill list’ – Washington Times

A 20-year-old computer science student from Kosovo described by the Justice Department as “the first terrorist hacker convicted in the United States” was sentenced Friday to two decades in prison for providing the Islamic State with a “kill list” containing the personal information of roughly 1,300 U.S. military members and government employees.

Federal prosecutors had asked U.S. District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema to sentence Ardit Ferizi to 25 years in prison after the hacker pleaded guilty in June to two charges brought as a result of his role with the terror group.

Mr. Ferizi acknowledged hacking an Illinois-based company in June 2015 and illegally obtaining the personally identifiable information of tens of thousands of its customers. He then parsed those records for individuals with military and government email accounts before providing their details to a Junaid Hussain, an Islamic State recruiter who administered the group’s cyber operations and had previously published a similar “kill list” containing the names and addresses of 100 U.S. military personnel, according to court documents.

Mr. Hussain was ultimately killed by a U.S. drone strike in August 2015. Two weeks prior to his death, however, he  took Ferizi’s hacked data and released it online in the form of a new list containing the information of approximately 1,300 U.S. government and military targets.

“[W]e are extracting confidential data and passing on your personal information to the soldiers of the khilafah, who soon with the permission of Allah will strike at your necks in your own lands!” reads an excerpt from a statement that accompanied the second kill list when it was tweeted by Hussain in mid August.

Federal investigators soon after identified Mr. Ferizi as the perpetrator of the Illinois hack and arranged to have him arrested in Sept. 2015 in Malaysia where he had been attending college. He was formally charged the following months and was subsequently extradited to the U.S. where he pleaded guilty earlier this year to providing material support to the Islamic State and accessing a protected computer without authorization and obtaining information in order to provide material support to the terror group.

In court Friday, Judge Brinkema said that “just having your name on a list, knowing that you’ve been identified by a terrorist group,” is a “terrorizing” experience, the Washington Post reported.

In a pre-sentencing memorandum, however, prosecutors said the hacker was well aware of the results his actions would have on the individuals whose names and sensitive information was widely shared among sympathizers of the Islamic State, also known as ISIL, and agreed when Hussain told him that the data would help “hit them hard.”

“The threat to these 1,300 victims goes beyond the release of their private information,” U.S. Attorney Dana Boente wrote in a court filing earlier this month.

“They have now been marked as enemies of ISIL. Any ISIL member or sympathizer in the United States looking for a target now has the information belonging to 1,300 individuals who ISIL has specifically marked for attack. The victims have a permanent target on their backs. While the defendant may not have pulled a trigger, he told members of ISIL where to shoot.”

Mr. Ferizi will be deported to Kosovo upon completing his sentence and will be barred from reentering the United States.


More: Hacker Gets 20 Years for Sending US Hit List to ISIS

Prosecutors noted the psychological impact his actions had on those on the list. “This was a hit list,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Van Grack said. “The point was to find these individuals and hit them, to ‘strike at their necks’.”

 

DC: Muslim pleads guilty to aiding Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

He’s not an American, but he’s in an American court. Source: Man pleads guilty to aiding Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan | Fox News

A Dutch-Turkish man has pleaded guilty to providing material support to the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Federal officials announced Thursday that 58-year-old Irfan Demirtas pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Officials say Demirtas was charged in a 2011 sealed indictment related to actions between 2006 and 2008 when he was a Netherlands resident and a fundraiser and facilitator for the group. The government says the militant Islamic group, formed in 1991, aims to overthrow Uzbekistan’s government and create an Islamic state. In his plea, Demirtas acknowledges providing funds to the group’s leader.

Demirtas was arrested in Germany in 2015 and extradited to the U.S. He faces a statutory maximum of 15 years and financial penalties at sentencing Nov. 30.


Why didn’t the Dutch or Germans try him? Why not the Afghans? What is he doing in a U.S. court where taxpayers will have to pay for his incarceration for the next ten plus years? The unconvincing answer is found in an FBI press release:

“His extradition to the United States is an important step forward in holding him accountable for his alleged role in fomenting terror across Europe and the Middle East. Demirtas is one of four defendants currently pending trial on international terrorism charges in separate cases in the federal court here in our nation’s capital. These cases highlight our resolve to find and bring to justice those who support terror around the world.”

“Demirtas was arrested and extradited to face justice in the U.S. because of his role as the European-based fundraiser and recruiter for a designated terrorist organization that directly worked against U.S. forces and our allies,” said Assistant Director in Charge McCabe.


So the better question is, where will he go when his sentence is over? He may be coming to your town.

New Jersey: Terrorism probed in bombing at Seaside Park Marine Corps race (updated)

One of three terror attacks that occurred Saturday.

Source: UPDATE: Terrorism probed in Seaside Park blast; residents return home

SEASIDE PARK – A pipe-bomb-style device detonated in a garbage can at the start of the route of a Marine Corps charity race Saturday morning, injuring no one, but sparking a massive law-enforcement response and suspicions of terrorism.

The FBI said it was “unaware of any known threat” to public safety, in an early-evening press conference that lasted about two minutes. Brad Cohen, the special agent in charge of the Newark FBI office, said the agency’s Joint Terrorism Task Force was taking the lead in investigation into the explosion. He said the agency was working to make sure there was “no stone left unturned” in the probe.

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Multiple agencies are investigating the incident and whether the motive was terror, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office..

“You would have to assume that at a military-type event, the U.S. Marines, a device is placed along the route of a charity event, it would be hard to think it would be anything else,’’ Della Fave said.

The device went off about 9:35 a.m. at Ocean Avenue and D Street, where the Seaside  Semper Five 5K race had been scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m., Della  Fave said.

Problems with registration for the race delayed its start and possibly spared people from injury, he said.

“When it went off, there was nobody in the area,’’ Della Fave said.

Della Fave said multiple explosive devices were enclosed in the trash can, designed to send shrapnel flying, but because only one of them detonated, “it appears it didn’t do the damage it was supposed to.’’

Police sources say there were as many as three inside the trash can.

Remnants and residue from the bomb are being sent to an FBI lab for analysis, a law-enforcement source said.

A number of questions remain unanswered as of Saturday night: how the bomb was detonated; what type of explosive was used; and if any surveillance camera caught a suspect planting the device.

Della Fave said there were about 3,000 people assembled at the registration area for the race when the pipe-bomb detonated.

If it is proven to be terrorism, the Jersey Shore would join other communities that have experienced acts of terrorism.  For some, it evoked disquieting memories of the Boston Marathon bombing more than three years ago, when two pressure cooker bombs exploded, killing three and wounding more than 260.  Several officials publicly acknowledged how lucky it was that the Seaside Park race was delayed, possibly sparing runners from any injuries in the blast.

An earlier fun-run for children had already started, however, and people participating in that reported hearing the explosive detonate, Howath said.

“The nine o’clock race – the one mile – did not go off on time, it went off at about 9:15,” he said. “And the 5K was supposed to be going off at 9:30 which would’ve been delayed. But at that point in time, when they found (the) backpack, they announced that its owner come and get it. They made that announcement on numerous occasions and when nobody claimed it, they evacuated us all out.”


Bombings also took place in New York City yesterday evening. NYC mayor is refusing to call it terrorism.

8.30 PM EST New York City

AN explosion in New York has injured 29 people after it was “intentionally” detonated, with a second device found close-by in Chelsea.

…device detonated outside a shop called The King David Gallery, in the heart of the bustling district, and is believed to have been concealed in a dumpster.

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New York Police Department then found a second device on 27th Street, which was made from a pressure cooker connected to a cell phone with wires attached.

A piece of paper with writing on it was found nearby.

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This is the alleged pressure cooker device found by police on 27th street, New York


Update: Manhattan Bombs Built for Carnage

Late on Sunday, two senior law enforcement officials said they had a “person of interest” in the bombing, though they did not refer to that person as a suspect.

Senior law enforcement officials also said that they were increasingly focused on the possibility that the attack was connected to a bombing that took place 11 hours earlier in New Jersey, but the authorities still needed to compare all the bombs before drawing any conclusions. There, three pipe bombs were tied together, placed in a trash can and also employed by a flip cellphone as a timing mechanism, according to officials. Only one of the three pipe bombs detonated and no one was injured. Officials said the explosive in that device appeared to be black powder.

 

9/11: Truth, Lies and Conspiracies (VIDEO)

Source: Last Night’s TV Reviewed: Quest for truth over 9/11 | Daily Express

Around the world, but particularly in the USA, there are sizeable quantities of people who believe that the full story of the events of September 11, 2001, has yet to be told.

Their views range from suggesting that the Twin Towers were made to collapse by a concealed bomb to arguing that a debt-ridden, failing US government fabricated the whole thing as an excuse for a war.

In amongst them are other people more quietly asking if it was feasible that the 19 plotters didn’t have help from people inside and outside the USA, and asking why, to date, the US government won’t answer all their questions.

Why, for example, did so many of the plotters have links to a small, unremarkable Florida town? 


More at 9/11: Truth, Lies and Conspiracies

In the years before 9/11 the intelligence community had been fearing that Al Qaeda would carry out a major high-profile attack – the director of the CIA even famously commented, ‘The system was blinking red.’ Mark Rossini had been seconded from the from the FBI, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, to work for Alec Station – a unit of the CIA, the Central Intelligence Agency, gathering foreign intelligence on Al Qaeda.

In December 1999 he and a FBI colleague learned that two Saudis, both known Al Qaeda members, Nawaf al-Hazmi and Khalid al-Mihdhar, travelled to Malaysia to plan further attacks and had US visas in their passports. But Mark says that his CIA bosses wanted to keep the information to themselves. He says: “It’s not for the FBI to know. I said, ‘What do you mean, it’s not for the FBI to know? [And I was told] ‘When and if we want the FBI to know, we will let them know, but you’re not to say anything.’ So, I’m stopped in my tracks.”

Thomas Drake worked as a senior analyst for the National Security Agency, the organisation that monitors communications and intelligence. He recalls discovering that whilst Mihdhar and Al-Hamzi lived in San Diego their phone calls to Al-Qaeda HQ in Yemen had been recorded, but that key intelligence about them – including that the calls came from San Diego – was not analysed and shared with other agencies. He says: “You can imagine my horror finding out critical intelligence inside NSA databases that was undiscovered.”

Two months before 9/11 the CIA admitted they had lost the pair and asked the FBI for help, but by then it was too late. Many relatives of those who died on 9/11 still don’t believe they’ve been told the full story. Kathy Owens lost her husband, Pete, in the Twin Towers, and says: “Isn’t the main job of the government to keep their people safe? I at least expected them to stick up for us, and stand up for us, and get to the bottom of everyone who was responsible and tried to stop it from happening again.”

The US Government says the 9/11 Commission provided a definitive statement about the nature of Al Qaeda support that came from Saudi Arabia and did not determine that the Saudi government had intended to support it, but Senator Bob Graham says he has questions about whether close ties between the United States and Saudi Arabia have meant the real story has been buried.


Skip to the 24 minute mark to get to the part about Florida.

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Obama Releases 15 More Jihadists From #Gitmo

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Source: Pentagon releases 15 more Gitmo detainees

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has approved the release of 15 detainees from the prison camps at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United Arab Emirates, a move derided Monday night by a leading member of Congress as reckless.

Rep. Ed Royce, the California Republican who chairs the Foreign Affairs Committee, called the released detainees “hardened terrorists” who will be a threat for years.

“In its race to close Gitmo, the Obama administration is doubling down on policies that put American lives at risk,” Royce said in a statement. “Once again, hardened terrorists are being released to foreign countries where they will be a threat.”

The Pentagon, in a statement, said an inter-agency review board considered their potential threat to security and unanimously approved six of the 15 for release, A consensus was reached on release of the remaining nine. There are 61 detainees remaining at Guantanamo.

According to the Pentagon, the 15 prisoners are

  1. Abd al-Muhsin Abd al-Rab Salih al-Busi,
  2. Abd al-Rahman Sulayman,
  3. Mohammed Nasir Yahi Khussrof Kazaz,
  4. Abdul Muhammad Ahmad Nassar al-Muhajari,
  5. Muhammad Ahmad Said al-Adahi,
  6. Abdel Qadir al-Mudafari,
  7. Mahmud Abd Al Aziz al-Mujahid,
  8. Saeed Ahmed Mohammed Abdullah Sarem Jarabh,
  9. Mohammed Kamin,
  10. Zahar Omar Hamis bin Hamdoun,
  11. Hamid al-Razak (aka Haji Hamidullah),
  12. Majid Mahmud Abdu Ahmed,
  13. Ayub Murshid Ali Salih,
  14. Obaidullah, and
  15. Bashir Nasir Ali al-Marwalah.

Six of the 15 — al-Busi, Sulayman, Kazaz, al-Muhajari, al-Adahi, and al-Mudafari — were unanimously recommended for release by the inter-agency Guantanamo Review Task Force, the Pentagon said.

The other nine were recommended for release by the periodic review boards monitoring Guantanamo prisoners, the Pentagon said.


CNN reported three are from Afghanistan and twelve from Yemen. None can be returned to their countries due to ongoing terrorism but won’t be far from the jihad in the UAE. Or to the refugee flow into Europe.

The media won’t tell the world who these Muslim jihadis are, but readers can look up the backgrounds and recommendations on these terrorists. Most contain the phrase, “likely to pose a threat to the U.S.”

A few samples courtesy of @CounterJihadUS:

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Update:  Former Al Qaeda Detainee Promises ‘Creative And New’ Attacks On US

As the Obama administration released 15 more high value Al Qaeda detainees from Guantanamo (GITMO), former detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud Al Qosi — who was released in 2012 as part of a plea deal after pleading guilty to conspiracy and supporting terrorism and joined and immediately hooked up with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in December 2014 – this week vowed attacks in the US by English-speaking jihadis with Western names not on CIA or FBI terrorist lists.

 “[Attacks] will continue but will be [in] a creative and new way by men of your own [who] carry your names, speak your language, and did not receive training in Afghanistan, and whose names are not on the CIA and FBI black list – men who might have in the past drunk alcohol, eaten pork, or been soldiers in your army,” Al Qosi, a member of AQAP’s Shura council, vowed in an article published by Al Marsa, a weekly newspaper affiliated with AQAP.

 

Why did non-coalition Pakistani officials attend the burial of Khizr Khan’s son?

Pakistan was not a member of the U.S. coalition in Iraq, which begs the question of why the Pakistani embassy’s ISI chief attended Captain Humayun Khan’s funeral at Arlington?

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Source: August 1-2, 2016 — What the media isn’t reporting about Khizr Khan – Wayne Madsen Report

The official notification of Khan’s death stated:

“Captain Humayun S. M. Khan, 27, of Bristow, Virginia, died June 8, 2004, in Baquabah, Iraq, after a vehicle packed with an improvised explosive device drove into the gate of his compound while he was inspecting soldiers on guard duty.  Khan was assigned to Headquarters, Headquarters Company, 201st Forward Support Battalion, 1st Infantry Division, Vilseck, Germany.”

Khan was actually an Army intelligence officer, fluent in Arabic, who worked with Iraqi civilians in a program called the United States-Iraq Sponsorship Program, which was actually an operation designed to recruit Iraqis to work as police and in other “capacities” for the Coalition Provisional Authority, the U.S. occupation government of Iraq. Khan’s home base of Vilseck is a center for U.S. intelligence operations involving units of the U.S. Army Intelligence and Security Command. When Khan was killed, oversight of Iraq “transition” programs, such as the U.S.-Iraq Sponsorship Program, had just come under the control of General David Petraeus, the first commander of the Multi-National Security Transition Command – Iraq.

Members of the Pakistani embassy, including deputy chief of mission (DCM) Mohammad Sadiq, attended Captain Khan’s burial at Arlington National Cemetery. The DCM of large embassies are almost always the embassy intelligence chief of station. In the case of Sadig, this would be the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). In 2008, Sadiq, who paid his respects to Captain Khan at Arlington, was defending ISI as the Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s chief spokesman. India accused the ISI of bombing its embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. The bombing killed four people, including two Indian diplomats.

It was not only India that blamed the ISI for the bombing in Kabul. CIA officials said that intercepts of communications showed ISI involvement. Pakistan was so incensed by the statements from U.S. intelligence that it summoned CIA official Stephen Kappes to Islamabad for a chewing out session.

Pakistan was not a member of the U.S. coalition in Iraq, which begs the question of why the Pakistani embassy’s ISI chief attended Captain Humayun Khan’s funeral at Arlington? Was Khan working, through his Saudi- and Pakistani-connected father with the ISI? If so, was the contact “sanctioned” by the CIA? If not, was Humayun Khan freelancing and feeding information from Iraq to the ISI, which then passed it to their close allies in the Saudi General Intelligence Department?

Khizr Khan claims he is a “legal consultant” in Charlottesville, although he is not a member of the Virginia Bar. Given the nature of Charlotteville’s status as a sanctuary city, Khan’s legal background and his work with the Muslim community in Virginia, it is likely that Khan offers help to Muslims who have overstayed their student visas in the university and sanctuary city to obtain permanent residence. It should be recalled that seven of the 9/11 hijackers obtained Virginia driver’s licenses, three of which were used as official identification to check in for flights on September 11, 2001.

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Khizr Khan practices law in New York and is a member of the New York Bar. Khan’s Manhattan law office is next door to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, which also happens to house the residence of the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power. Power’s husband is Cass Sunstein, President Obama’s former information czar who excels in the art of disinformation, propaganda, and cognitive dissonance. But more interesting is the fact that Khan and his wife are residents of Charlottesville, Virginia, a home to a number of foreign Muslims, many of whom are students at the University of Virginia who wish to change their student visa status to permanent residency, or “green card” status. Charlottesville is a so-called “sanctuary city” that welcomes those who either enter the United States illegally or overstay their limited residency visas.


The war-hero son was born in UAE, not Pakistan. It seems that Khizr Khan might be a lot more connected and a lot less American than he portrayed himself at the DNC.

Now he’s run back to Pakistan where he continued interfering in a U.S. election from abroad.

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