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Zero degrees of separation : Soliman Albuthi - Al Haramain- the ICSFP- MWL- WAMY & Al Qaeda
August 17, 2004
MIM: The Muslim World League and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth are divisions of the Saudi Wahabist enterprise linked to Al Haramain and Al Qaeda. In 2003 WAMY, a wing of the Muslim World League sponsored a conference of newly formed group named The International Committee for the Support of the Final Prophet in Canada . More proof that Al Haramain,which has been linked to terror funding and is under investigation for ties to terrorism,is expanding, and of the mendacity of Saudi claims that they are cooperating with the United States in closing down terrorism funding .
The ISDFP web domain owner Soliman Albuthi, has been linked to Al Qaeda funding and those purchase of two mosques in Springfield Missouri and Oregon which are connected to the Al Haramain foundation . The Islamic Center of Springfield Missouri was closed by the Treasury department n 2004 for ties to terror funding. Albuthi's was named as the financer of the mosque who appears to have 'dissappeared' to Saudi Arabia.
"We detected a pattern here . . . for terrorist cells and those who aid and harbor them to operate behind the shield of legitimate humanitarian . . . organizations…. They were preaching good, and sometimes doing good, while plotting evil.""
John Slyvester commander of NATO led forces in Bosnia re: Al Haramain
The World Association for Muslim Youth presents themselves as a humanitarian organisation and UN NGO.
The World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) is
an independent international organisation and an
Islamic forum that supports the work of Muslim
organisations and needy communities the world over.
WAMY's headquarters are based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
WAMY has regional as well various branches in and
outside Saudi Arabia.Established in 1972, it has
presence in 55 countriesand an associate membership
of over 500 youth organisations around the world.
WAMY is a member of the United Nations NGOs
(Non-Governmental Organisations),and recognised for its
vast scope of humanitarian and relief work that encompasses
about 60% of the Muslim World.
MIM: A Hospital in Afghanistan as strategic front. The description of the hospital services claims that the "total population benefitting from this project is over 300,000 most of them vulnerable". Which begs the question as to what services WAMY admits to providing to those among the 300,000 who may be the opposite of vulnerable.
WAMY'S HOSPITAL IN AFGHANISTAN
Since 1989 WAMY has been running a hospital, in the centre of Chamkani district of Paktia province. The hospital is fully equipped with all the necessary medical supplies to cover all the health needs in the area. Now the hospital is providing health services round-the-clock. The total population benefiting from this project is over 300,000 most of whom are vulnerable. http://www.wamy.co.uk/bd_aid_hospitals.htm
MIM According to Dore Gold, author of "Hatreds Kingdom", a book documenting Saudi terror funding, the Al Haramain Foundation is the hub of the Saudi terror funding network which includes the Muslim World League and the World Assembly of Muslim Youth.
Financial Support for the New Global Terrorism
As already demonstrated, Saudi Arabia erected a number of large global charities in the 1960s and 1970s whose original purpose may have been to spread Wahhabi Islam, but which became penetrated by prominent individuals from al-Qaeda's global jihadi network. The three most prominent of these charities were the International Islamic Relief Organization (an offshoot of the Muslim World League), the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), and the Charitable Foundations of al-Haramain. All three are suspected by various global intelligence organizations of terrorist funding.
It would be incorrect to view these charities as purely non-governmental organizations. At the apex of each organization's board is a top Saudi official. The Saudi Grand Mufti, who is also a Saudi cabinet member, chairs the Constituent Council of the Muslim World League. The Saudi Minister of Islamic Affairs chairs the secretariat of WAMY and the administrative council of al-Haramain. All three organizations have received large charitable contributions from the Saudi royal family that have been detailed in Saudi periodicals.
The earliest documented links between one of these charities and terrorists was found in Bosnia. It is a handwritten account on IIRO stationery from the late 1980s indicating the use of this charity's offices for the support of militant actions. But the strongest documented cases that demonstrate the ties between Saudi Arabia's global charities and international terrorism are related to Hamas. These ties were alleged already in the mid-1990s when a Hamas funding group received instructions to write letters of thanks to executives of IIRO and WAMY for funds it had received. In 1994, President Clinton made a brief stopover in Saudi Arabia during which he complained about Saudi funding of Hamas. These charges about Saudi Arabia bankrolling Hamas have become even more vociferous in recent years
MIM: Article on Al Haramain details the suit filed by the Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism (FUBT), a group comprised by people who lost family members in the 9/11 attacks.Terrorist Charity
Why is the American office of a Saudi Arabian charitable foundation, linked to Al-Qaeda, still in operation? Ironically, the Saudi government, in May 2003, closed seven of this charity's offices in other countries – at the request of the federal government. Yet, the US offices were not closed.
The Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation has an office in Ashland, Oregon. According to a lawsuit, the Ashland, Oregon office was linked to al Qaeda, and the Al-Haramain branch in Kenya that was banned following the 1998 Embassy Bombings.
Families United to Bankrupt Terrorism (FUBT) made this allegation in their lawsuit filed on August 15, 2002, in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. FUBT is a group representing some families of the 9/11 terrorist attack victims. According to the lawsuit FUBT "seeks to hold those responsible for a more …insidious form of terrorism… which attempts to hide behind the facade of legitimacy. These entities, cloaked in a thin veil of legitimacy, were and are the true enablers of terrorism. The financial resources and support network of these … charities, banks, and individual financiers …allowed the attacks of September 11, 2001 to occur. …Osama bin Laden and his al Qaeda network cannot plan, train and act on a massive scale without significant financial power, coordination and backing."  Essentially FUBT is accessing the opportunity made available by President Bush, John Ashcroft and Congress and the Patriot Act to file civil actions against terrorists and impede their financial operations.
Al-Haramain's activities have been known for some time now. In March 2002, Bosnian intelligence reported that Al-Haramain was related to terrorist operations-especially Al-Qaeda and Chechnyan rebels. A raid of the Sarajevo office of Al-Haramain revealed that $1.59 million was not unaccounted for by the group. Bosnian intelligence reported that: "We believe that the clear lack of any concrete humanitarian projects indicates that the existence of this organization was a fictitious cover for probable links with terrorism." That same month President Bush included Al-Haramain in an executive order freezing the assets of organizations financing terrorism.
The FUBT lawsuit notes that after raids of Al-Haramain offices in Bosnia in June 2, 2002, the Commander of the NATO-led forces in Bosnia, Lieutenant General John Sylvester stated:
"We detected a pattern here . . . for terrorist cells and those who aid and harbor organizations…. They were preaching good, and sometimes doing good, while plotting evil."
In September 2002, Indonesian Al-Qaeda informant Omar al-Faruq told the CIA that Al-Haramain was used to remit funds to him from bin Laden. Al-Haramain's website used to have a direct link to qoqaz.net, which is a website that is part of the al Qaeda propaganda network. The website is owned by Azzam Publications, bin Laden's propaganda vehicle, and operated from Houston Texas.
Al-Haramain is also involved with the Al Baraka banking empire, which was also named in the 9/11 lawsuit. AL-Baraka finances the activities of bin Laden and Al-Qaeda. In his Senate testimony in July 2003, terrorism expert Steve Emerson said that although initially Saudi Arabia denied allegations that Al-Haramain were involved in terrorist activities, in June (2003) they stated that al-Haramain was not acting according to its charter and announced that all foreign offices were to be closed. Emerson did remark that the Ashland office was still in operation.
Al-Haramain has another location in the United States. According to the 9/11 complaint, Al-Haramain owns a building in Springfield, Missouri that is home of the Islamic Center of Springfield, which is a mosque.
A call to the Ashland office revealed that there is no staff there. There was only an answering service. The address listed for the Ashland, Oregon Al-Haramain office, is 1257 Siskiykou Boulevard. This is a UPS mail office. The same address is used for the Quran Foundation. The president of this organization is a local Arab-American arborist named Pete Seda. The Quran Foundation is a nonprofit Islamic educational organization. Seda is affiliated with Al-Haramain. He operates an Al-Haramain affiliated program called Arabian Nights, which familiarizes people with Arab culture and the Islamic faith.
Apparently, Seda is considered a benefactor in Ashland. He bought a camel to show kids who attend his Arabian Nights program. A local Ashland, Oregon newspaper, the Daily Tidings, despite all the controversy involving Al-Haramain, described Al-Haramain simply has an Oregon nonprofit organization.
One wonders when the federal government and the Ashland newspapers will start investigating the allegations and the operations of Al-Haramain's local office.
For more on Soliman Albuthi and the Islamic Center of Springfield Missouri see:
Missouri Mosque's Assets Frozen :
Working with the Saudis, the United States has previously moved to freeze the assets of six foreign branches of Al-Haramain. Those branches are in Indonesia, Kenya, Tanzania, Pakistan, Somalia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The United States has not taken action against the charity's main office in Saudi Arabia.
A federal affidavit for a search warrant of the Oregon property alleged that a Saudi citizen, Soliman Albuthe, flew to Oregon in March 2000 and obtained about $130,000 in traveler's checks. He soon left the United States with the checks, which he did not report to authorities as required by federal law. The affidavit also alleges that the tax-exempt U.S. branch filed false tax returns for 2000.
Authorities think some charitable contributions were siphoned from Al-Haramain worldwide to support al-Qaida's terrorist activities. Al-Haramain has said it was only involved in charity work for the poor.
According to tax records examined in September by The Washington Times, the Oregon group claimed to have $663,000 in assets in 2001 with prayer houses in Springfield and Ashland.
Attorney Matasar said the Springfield mosque was worth about $400,000. Court records indicate the foundation purchased the building in June 2000 shortly after Albuthe brought $275,000 from Saudi Arabia to deposit in an Oregon bank.
MIM: Zero degrees of seperation : The Committee for the Support of the Final Prophet conference sponsored by WAMY.
Siraj Wahaj was one of the 'usual suspects' among the featured speakers .
Siraj Wahaj: Imam of Al Tarqwa mosque which hosted Sheik Abdel Rahman. Wahaj is an unindicted co conspirator in the 1993 WTC bombings and testified as a character witness in the case "The US vs. Bin Laden". Wahaj also has a connection to South Florida, and sits on the board of trustees of the Universal Heritage Foundation, an Islamic propagation project linked to the Islamic Circle of North America and The Muslim American Society.
|2nd Conference: Pictures|
|Following is the collection of images from the Second Conference of the International Committee for the Support of the Final Prophet. The conference was held at Toronto, Canada on 4th and 5th of January 2003 in association with various MSAs, Ihya foundation and Wamy.
The International Committee for the Defense and Support of the Final Prophet
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