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American money funds overseas jihad

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By Michael Carl/WND

Some of Africa’s most notorious jihad groups, such as Boko Haram and al-Shabaab, are benefiting from an elaborate, international funding network, including large sums of money flowing from the United States.

MoneyJihad.com founder, Terror Finance Blog analyst and writer A. D. Kendall says Somalis residing in the United States, for example, are a major source of al-Shabaab’s financing.

“First and foremost, the Somalis contribute through remittances and hawala. Somalis wire money home, which is often processed by Dahabshiil, a business that routinely pays off al-Shabaab,” Kendall told WND. “Dahabshiil’s involvement in financing terrorism is the reason why Barclays attempted to end its business relationship with Dahabshiil.”

Barclay’s moved to shut down its connections with Dahabshiil because of numerous reports of money transfers from Somalis in the U.S., Canada and Europe to al-Shabaab through the Dubai-based company.

Kendall adds that American Somalis also support jihad through direct fundraising.

“There’s international zakat for the mujahideen,” Kendall said. “Somali activists like Amina Farah Ali in Minnesota or Basaaly Moalin in California raise money from their communities for jihad and send it to al-Shabaab.”

Amina Farah Ali, in fact, was convicted in federal court for funneling money to al-Shabaab.

Moalin was also sentenced to 18 years in prison for “providing material support to al-Shabaab.”

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/u-s-dollars-flow-to-fund-jihad/

 

 

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July 21st, 2014 at 12:18 am

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Carroll County Commissioner on religious liberty: ‘The issue is bigger than me’

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: A Maryland county is back in court to ensure that its governing body is permanently allowed to pray at their meetings as they see fit. SRN’s Michael Carl has more.

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Carroll County Commissioners aren’t satisfied that the May Supreme Court ruling overturned federal judge William Quarles “sectarian prayer” gag order.

Commissioner Robin Frazier says the county is pursuing the summary judgment because there’s a bigger issue at stake.

 

[Frazier               :05                      …freedom of religion.]

 

Liberty Institute Chief Counsel Jeff Mateer says the summary judgment motion would permanently give the county to right to choose their opening prayer.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 16th, 2014 at 11:10 pm

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Maryland County Commissioner says, ‘It’s time to stand up!’

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Carroll County, Maryland commissioners aren’t satisfied that the May Supreme Court ruling ensures their right to open meetings with Christian prayers. SRN’s Michael Carl has the rest of the story…

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The county commissioners are asking for a summary judgment from a Maryland federal court. Legal analysts say the ruling would give Carroll County the right to have ‘sectarian prayers’ at their meetings.

Commissioner Robin Frazier says she supports the move because it’s time for Christians to speak up…

 

[Frazier               :10                      …Biblical principles.]

 

That motion is still pending before the court.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 16th, 2014 at 11:08 pm

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County says SCOTUS lifting prayer ban isn’t enough

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By Michael Carl/WND

A Maryland county is back in court to ensure that its governing body is permanently allowed to pray as they see fit to open their meetings.

Commissioners in Carroll County are seeking a summary judgment to allow what federal judge William Quarles called “sectarian prayers” when he issued an injunction against such prayers in March.

A Supreme Court ruling allowing the prayer at public meetings technically overturned Quarles’ injunction, but Carroll County Commissioner Robin Frazier says the county is pursuing the summary judgment order because they’re not content with the court simply overturning the injunction. She says there is a bigger issue at stake.

“It’s not just about me,” Frazier said. “This is about all of our citizens and the freedom that they should have to speak and to have freedom of religion.”

Religious liberty law firm Liberty Institute Chief Counsel Jeff Mateer says Carroll County is actively pursuing the action because “[A summary judgment] would allow them to continue with praying before their meetings without government censorship.”

Mateer says even if the county is successful, the court’s ruling would have only a limited impact.

“The Court’s decision would only be precedent in that District Court in Maryland – although could be used a persuasive authority in other jurisdictions,” Mateer said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/county-lifting-prayer-ban-not-good-enough/

 

 

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July 14th, 2014 at 9:34 pm

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Jihadist networking means more violent attacks

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By Michael Carl/WND

Terrorism analysts are concerned that information sharing between Nigerian jihadist group Boko Haram and Somali group al-Shabaab will mean a new, deadlier wave of violence.

Consultancy Africa Intelligence and TheIntelligenceCommunity.com analyst Maha Hamdan says the connection will further enhance Boko Haram’s increasingly sophisticated operations and add incentives to al-Shabaab.

“The effectiveness of its operations and capabilities to operate and hit targets in a country duped as one of Africa’s security power houses is a security nightmare for anti-terrorism experts,” Hamdan said. “While many scholars share a view of the organization as limited to only local confines, such information trading will help both to expand operations.”

She added, “With the emergence of the African continent as a growing pawn for Islamic extremism and radicalism, the linkages and cooperation of these groups cannot be underestimated. Boko Haram and al-Shabaab have quickly evolved, and have the intention of developing the capability to coordinate on a rhetorical and operational level with al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.”

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/jihadists-move-from-poisoned-arrows-to-ieds/

 

 

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July 12th, 2014 at 10:55 pm

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Burma proposes outlawing religious conversions (radio version)

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Human rights groups are watching a proposed anti-conversion law to see which religious groups in Burma will be impacted. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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A proposed anti-conversion law in Burma would to give fines and jail time to citizens who convert to another religion. Christians fear the law will hurt evangelism, but Georgetown University Burma expert David Steinberg says the government isn’t worried about the Christians…

[Steinberg           :09                      …undue influence.]

The law is still making its way through Burma’s Parliament.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 8th, 2014 at 5:10 pm

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ISIS, Boko Haram working together for Shariah states

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By Michael Carl/WND

The motive fueling the recent kidnapping of 186 Kurdish school children by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria also was behind Boko Haram’s May seizure of more than 250 school girls in Nigeria, according to Middle East and terrorism analysts.

While an immediate goal is to strike fear in the hearts of the enemies of Islam, the ultimate aim is for the children, their parents and their communities to adopt the jihadists’ fundamental Islamic beliefs and submit to Shariah, or Islamic law, said Heritage Foundation Middle East analyst Jim Phillips.

Boko Haram’s campaign of terror includes massacres of Christians and destruction of their churches. Only a few dozen of the schoolgirls have been able to escape their captors, and the government has declared a state of emergency across the region.

ISIS recently was blamed for the kidnapping of the boys from Syria who had traveled to Aleppo for academic testing. They were on their way home when terrorists intercepted a convoy of minibuses and took the boys to Minbej for “training.”

“The two groups are very similar in one sense, because it’s one way for the terrorists to impose their will and intimidate the parents of these young people, not just the young people themselves,” Phillips said.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/07/isis-boko-haram-share-aim-to-establish-muslim-empire/

 

 

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July 8th, 2014 at 5:07 pm

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Analyst has suggestion for Christian survival in new ISIS ‘caliphate’

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: With ISIS declaring a Shariah state in their conquered territory, human rights analysts fear for the region’s religious minorities. SRN’s Michael Carl has the story…

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The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria declared a Caliphate and is threatening to spread their revolution to Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel. Christians are fleeing and human rights groups fear for the safety of those who remain. Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman William Murray says the Christians need to “band together”…

[Murray               :06.9          …defensible positions.]

Murray says Iraq as we’ve known it is history.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 1st, 2014 at 8:09 pm

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In the new ISIS state, Christians can’t be separated

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By Michael Carl/SRN News

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Anchor Lead: Human rights groups say the new ISIS state in Iraq is a definite threat to the future of the region’s Christians. SRN’s Michael Carl has more…

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Religious Freedom Coalition Chairman William Murray says that Iraq as a nation is finished with the emergence of a Shariah state in the region. Murray says to survive, Christians have to get together…

[Murray               :06.5                   …can’t happen anymore.]

The ISIS leadership says they’re making plans to attack Jordan next.

Michael Carl, SRN News.

 

 

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July 1st, 2014 at 8:06 pm

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Rival warlords endanger the lives of at least 50-thousand children

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By Michael Carl/WND

An international organization says a surging fight between two warlords in South Sudan could leave thousands of children starving, even dead, by the end of the year.

The report from UNICEF calls out South Sudan President Salva Kiir and his former vice president, Riek Machar, and blames their confrontations for the fact that as many as 50,000 children will be facing starvation over coming months.

The fighting has left the production and purchase of food below needed levels for the long-troubled African region. The inevitable result is starvation.

“There’s no question that the conflict has created havoc for the children,” said UNICEF Senior Adviser for Crisis Communication Sarah Crowe.

“The malnutrition crisis is one of many. If there was peace, it’s likely we wouldn’t have to be dealing with this severe of a crisis,” Crowe said.

The region is well known for violence. A years-long civil war in Sudan was broken a few years ago when it split into the Islam-dominated Sudan in the north, and South Sudan, which was intended as a refuge for Christians and others who were being slaughtered in Sudan under Islamic dictator Omar al-Bashir.

The two fighters in South Sudan have claimed to have Christian connections, with Kiir self-identifying as a Catholic and the former vice president reporting he was raised Presbyterian.

But Consultancy Africa intelligence analyst Maha Hamdan said it’s no more than two tribal warlords fighting for power.

For the rest of the story…

http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/warlords-endangering-lives-of-50000-children/

 

 

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June 22nd, 2014 at 9:36 pm

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