PAPER: ISIS set up stronghold in heart of Europe as terrorists secretly buy land near isolated village…

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BY PATRICK HILL, ED WIGHT

Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West

Terrorists are secretly buying land in an isolated village, surrounded by deep woodland.

Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West.

Crucially, the location gives IS a key strategic position due to its proximity to the Mediterranean which is used by extremists from Syria, Iraq and North Africa.

At least 12 ISIS fighters trained in the village of Osve have left for Syria in recent months and five are reported to be dead.

Terror expert Dzevad Galijasevic said: “From this village a large number of people went to Syria and are going constantly.

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Isolated: The ISIS stronghold in Osve, Bosnia
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Terror stronghold: The isolated village in Bosnia is now ISIS’s base in Europe
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Heartlands: The ISIS stronghold is not mapped by GPS

“The chosen location of some of the properties is on a hill, where there is no possibility to approach without being seen. It is clear that the source of the terrorist threat is right there. It is a major threat.

“There is no one there who isn’t ready to respond to the summons to jihad.”

We visited the hilltop village 60 miles from Sarajevo and six miles from the town of Maglaj afternoon.

It is not mapped by GPS and is only accessible by steep and winding roads barely wide enough for cars to pass.

A number of houses there appear to have been abandoned or only half built and it is not overlooked by any other settlement.

A number of villagers wore Islamic-style clothing, including two women wearing burkas.

Our guide – our driver and translator – said we were being watched and it was too dangerous to photograph them.

Clearly worried, the dad-of-one said: “We should leave now – our presence here is beginning to cause suspicion. This is a beautiful place but is incredibly dangerous.

“You cannot underestimate the possible threat here. If they see the camera all hell will break loose.”

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ISIS stronghold: Patrick Hill with sign of the village of Osve, where the terror group have a European base

It is understood that notorious ISIS supporter Harun Mehicevic is among fanatics who bought land in the area. He has purchased two hectares.

Mehicevic fled Bosnia during the 1990s Balkan wars and settled in Melbourne, Australia, where he is considered one of the country’s most dangerous men.

In one ranting sermon, he reportedly told an audience of potential recruits: “Allah will help the mujahideen (holy warriors) establish an Islamic State where Muslims can live with dignity and honour.”

Other known terrorists believed to have bought land in the village include Jasin Rizvic and Osman Kekic, who are both now fighting with ISIS in Syria.

Muslim leader Izet Hadzic – arrested by Bosnia’ and Herzegovina’s security service Sipa in a raid – is also understood to have property in the village, as have many others who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.

One villager told our investigators that locals fear the area is a “nest for terrorists”.

The man, who does not want to be named, said: “We regularly hear gunshots coming from the woods up there for long periods at a time. It happens every week.

“I don’t know what they are doing, whether it is target practice or something like that, but it happens regularly.

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Secluded: The ISIS village is surrounded by woodland

“It is really concerning to hear such notorious members of ISIS are buying land. They keep themselves to themselves but it is better not to ask questions.

“It worries me that I am bringing up my children here. Now could be time to move out but it is not so easy to sell.”

Bosnia is an ideal position for jihadis travelling illegally from Syria to Greece, via Turkey, and then through Macedonia and Serbia.

Guns and other weapons are easier to obtain in Bosnia than in other parts of Europe due to illegal ownership following the conflicts of the 1990s.

Five months ago, anti-terror cops raided the village of Gornja Maoca in the north of the country following reports of houses flying the ISIS flag.

The area is home to followers of the strict Sunni Islam Wahhabi movement. It has been raided by police several times over the past decade due to suspected links with radical groups.

A report on jihadism in Bosnia said: “Returning foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq – battle-hardened, skilled in handling arms and explosives, and ideologically radicalised – pose a direct threat not only to the security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also of the region and beyond.”

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ISIS flag: There is strong evidence the group has set up home in Osve, Bosnia

The report, The Lure of the Syrian War: The Foreign Fighters’ Bosnian Contingent, said that between 2013 and 2014, 156 Bosnian men and 36 women travelled to Syria, taking 25 children with them.

It said 48 men and three women had officially returned by last January.

The authors, Sarajevo University associate political science professor Vlado Azinovic and Islamic theologian Muhamed Jusic, also found that Bosnia was ill-prepared to deal with the threat.

The report said: “There is a lack of co-ordination between local law-enforcement agencies on (foreign fighter) issues.”

Kristina Jozic of security service Sipa said: “The return of individuals participating in the conflict in Syria, fighting with ISIS, is undoubtedly a security challenge and a threat, the extent of which is hard to determine.”

She said: “Sipa continuously performs checks of all allegations that can be linked to terrorist activities in any way, whether that is financing, recruiting or other activities related to terrorism.”

She added that the village is under surveillance following a police raid in May.

Director of the Centre for Security Studies in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, Armin Krzalic, said: “Bosnians who went to fight for Islamic State will be treated as a threat to security upon their return whether they have land here or not.”

VIDEO – While migrants pour through Chunnel, wise Hungarians build border fence

Two pictures that sum up the difference: Illegal immigrants pour onto a lorry heading for England. When they get through, they can immediately claim asylum and start collecting benefits. Below: Hungarian police have arrested a group of Afghan migrants, who will now be deported.

In order to make their borders even more secure, the Hungarians are about to build a border fence like the one already erected by Bulgaria all along its border with Turkey (see main photo above).

Western Europe needs to wake up, before it’s too late!

EXCLUSIVE: A Compilation Of Islamic Terrorist Quotes… Every American Needs To See This

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BY DEAN JAMES

This is an excellent compilation of quotes from terrorists around the world. Aside from pursuing mass murder plots against innocent populations in every corner of the planet, Islamic terrorists have one other thing in common:

They credit their motivation and success to religion.

This distinguishes Islamic terrorism from mere criminal activity, and it is part of what makes Islam so very, very different from other religions.

Many people would prefer to bury their heads in the sand or look for ways to recast Islamic terror to fit their own political agenda, but the fact is that violent Muslims are quite explicit about the religious certainty that compels and justifies their actions.

The teachings and history of Islam that explain the violence are discussed elsewhere on this site. Here we just want to show that, as far as Islamic terrorists are concerned, their acts are done specifically in the name of Allah and for the cause of Islam and Islamic rule… across the globe.

~aosama

“I am one of the servants of Allah. We do our duty of fighting for the sake of the religion of Allah. It is also our duty to send a call to all the people of the world to enjoy this great light and to embrace Islam and experience the happiness in Islam. Our primary mission is nothing but the furthering of this religion.” – Osama bin Laden, May 1998

Afghanistan

“In the name of Allah the Avenger, I swear on the holy book to perform my sacred duty as a soldier of Islam in this Jihad to restore to this world the light of divine justice… Allah demands no less. For to die in the cause is to be sent immediately to paradise.”

A Taliban official, explaining why the group is violent.

Algeria

“But the coming Islamic caliphate country will not rise except at the hands of the fighting sect who raises the flag of Allah and Jihad.”

Statement from the Salafi terrorist group, one of several fundamentalist cells responsible for the slaughter of 150,000 men women and children in the 1990’s.

“Our Jihad consists of killing and dispersing all those who fight against Allah and his Prophet.”

“Throat-slitting and murder until the power is Allah’s!”

Both quotes from leaders of the Armed Islamic Group (GIA). The first spoken by Sid Ahmed Mourad, the second from Abdelkader Hattab.

Chechnya

“True resistance is helped by Allah the Supreme and the battles are for His just cause”
Abu Hafs, Mujahideen and one of the region’s most prolific killer
Egypt

“Allah is our objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, Jihad is our way, and death for the sake of Allah is the highest of our aspirations.”
Credo of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has spawned attacks and numerous subsidiary terrorist organizations

India

“Democracy is among the menaces we inherited from an alien government. It is part of the system we are fighting against… It is not possible to work within a democracy and establish an Islamic system… If Allah gives us a chance, we will try to bring in the pure concept of an Islamic Caliphate.”

“The notion of the sovereignty of the people is anti-Islamic. Only Allah is sovereign.”

Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the leader of the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist organization.

Yes! We – the terrorists of India – The Indian Mujahadeen, – the militia of Islam whose each and every Mujahid belongs to this very soil of India – have returned, to execute the compulsion of Allah:

“Fight them (the disbelievers), Allah will punish them by your hands and bring them to disgrace, and give you victory over them and He will heal the hearts of those who believe.” (Qur’an 9:14).

Here we begin … raising the illustrious banner of Jihad against the Hindus and all those who fight and resist us…

All Praise and Glory be to Allah, Who Alone Helps His slaves, Who Alone Fulfils His Promise, and Who Alone Defeats the enemy….

While hoping for the Help and Victory from Allah we declare that such and more severe attacks shall continue irrespective of what the blamers blame us for.

The hosts (of the Kafir) will all be routed and will turn and flee. [Qur’an 54: 45].

We ask Allah to forgive us and Have Mercy on us and Aid us to conquer the unbelievers and Guide us to raise His Word and degrade His enemies with His Will Alone.

And peace be upon His Messenger, and all those who follow the Guidance.

The Indian Mujahideen, claiming credit for a brutal series of bombings that left dozens of civilians dead and hundreds more in agony.

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Iran

“Those who know nothing of Islam pretend that Islam counsels against war. Those who say this are witless. Islam says: ‘Kill all the unbelievers just as they would kill you all! Kill them, put them to the sword and scatter their armies.’”

The Ayatollah Khomeini

Indonesia

“Keep on fighting for the application of Islamic law. If this state and nation wants to become great, safe, and at peace then it has to return to Islam one hundred percent without bargaining. If not, then it will be destroyed.”

Abu Bakar Bashir, spiritual leader of the Indonesian Mujahideen

Iraq (Sunni)

“There is no doubt that Allah commanded us to strike the Kuffar (unbelievers), kill them, and fight them by all means necessary to achieve the goal. The servants of Allah, who perform Jihad to elevate the word (laws) of Allah, are permitted to use any and all means necessary to strike the active unbeliever combatants for the purpose of killing them, snatch their souls from their body, cleanse the earth from their abomination, and lift their trial and persecution of the servants of Allah.

The goal must be pursued even if the means to accomplish it affect both the intended active fighters and unintended passive ones such as women, children and any other passive category specified by our jurisprudence.”

Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, Sunni terrorist known for cutting captives’ throats

Iraq (Shia)

“My motivation is a sense of duty toward my religious faith to fight against any hostile enemy of Islam.”

Abu Deraa, Shitte terrorist known for drilling into captive’s heads

Iraq (al-Qaeda)

“We are defending Islam and its sanctity”

Woman training to be a suicide bomber

Israel

“The Islamic Resistance Movement: Islam is its way. It is from Islam that it derives its ideas, concepts, and perceptions concerning the universe, life, and man, and it refers to Islam’s judgment in all its actions. It is from Islam that it seeks direction so as to guide its
steps. “

The covenant of the bloody Hamas terrorist organization (Islamic Resistance Movement)

Jordan

“Terrorism is a badge of honor on our chests until Judgement Day. In the name of Allah, we’re pursuing the path of jihad until we uproot you; exterminate your state until the rule of the king vanishes. We follow the steps of the Prophet (Muhammad)… Allah is our Lord; you have none.”

Hassan al-Smeik, leader of the cell that plotted a chemical weapons attack intended to kill 80,000 Jordanians

Lebanon

“We are… linked to the Muslims of the whole world by the solid doctrinal and religious connection of Islam, whose message God wanted to be fulfilled by the Seal of the Prophets, i.e., Muhammad”

From the charter of the Hezbollah terrorist group, which has kidnapped, tortured and killed numerous non-Muslims.

The Netherlands

“What moved me to do what I did was purely my faith. I was motivated by the law that commands me to cut off the head of anyone who insults Allah and his Prophet.”

Mohammed Bouyeri, explaining in court why he stabbed Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh to death. (Bouyeri was holding a Qur’an at the time).

Pakistan

“I will go back to wage jihad. I pray Allah fulfils my desire of embracing martyrdom next time,”

Hizbul Mujahideen cadre, when asked why he kills the Indian people

“With regard to Osama and Al-Zawahiri, I never met them, but I have the utmost love and respect for them, because of their enmity towards the Jews and the Christians. The Muslims must be harsh towards the infidels and compassionate among themselves. These two men reflect this Koranic verse… We place our trust in Allah. Soon, we will witness the miracles of Jihad.”

By’atullah Mahsoud, the Emir of the Pakistani Taliban

“Our whole struggle is for the enforcement of Sharia law”

Muslim Khan, Spokesperson for the Pakistani Taliban, responsible for hundreds of bombings, shootings and abductions.

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“We may be small in number, but we have plenty fighting with us–the angels and the hand of Allah. We dream of an entire Islamic world, and we will achieve it. Allah is with us.”

Abu Sayyaf terrorist group leader, Khadaffy Janjalani, responsible for church bombings and beheadings.

Saudi Arabia

“One of the greatest virtues in Islam is jihad for the sake of God. Ramadan is the month of jihad and battles, and most Muslim battles took place during the blessed month. This is your season, o people of jihad. Jihad during the fasting month of Ramadan has a great taste — for what better way to break your fast than to kill infidels and relish the sound of the weeping of the despicable tyrants and infidels.”

Saudi-based terrorist magazine, al-Jihad

Somalia

“And your brothers of the Mujahideen Movement are on their way, going forth in Jihad against the occupiers and disbelievers so that the word of Allah is the highest and there is no more Fitna on earth and the religion is solely for Allah.”

Deadly Somali terrorist group calling itself, Youth Islamic Movement

“Know that I am doing this martyrdom operation only for the sake of Allah and for his religion.”

A 21-year-old member of al-Shabaab and former British college student who murdered 20 Africans.
Spain

“Allah, may he be praised, said… ‘Kill them wherever you find them, and drive them out from where they have driven you out; for internal strife [Fitna] is worse than killing.’”

The Quranic verse quoted by the Abu Hafs Al-Masri Brigades in explaining the murder of 202 Madrid train commuters

Sudan

“To Fight and conquer. Death in the name of Allah.”

The unit logo of the Janjaweed militia, responsible for “cleansing” Darfur of African people along with the rape of thousands of women.

“Long live the Mujahideen”

Sudanese President, Omar al-Bahir, at a meeting of Janjaweed fighters.

“Jihad is a duty.”

The constitution of the Islamic Republic of Sudan

Syria

“Our hero [the suicide bomber] believed in Allah and died while fighting for Allah”

Islamic Jihad leader, Abu Ayman

Thailand

“….Martyrs, how glorious we will be if we fall as warriors of our land. When Martyrs are killed, they are not dead but alive next to Allah. They will watch and listen to every piece of news to see if their children will follow in their footsteps….”

Berjihad di Pattani, “calls for a holy war to liberate Pattani from ‘colonists’. It is liberal in employing metaphoric references and verses from the Quran. …a significant and clear articulation of the radical religious dimension of the conflict in south Thailand used within the context of Malay-Muslim resentment of the central government.

It engages in Takdir (the labeling of fellow Muslims as infidels) and makes direct calls for Martyrs to attack fellow Muslims perceived to be collaborating with the “occupation”, or the Jahili (people of the ignorance). It views the practice of religious obligations of these “hypocrite” Muslims as a disguise hiding hearts filled with fury and hatred against Islam…”

Turkey

“The Koran says: ‘fight them until evil disappears and all religion becomes Allah’s [religion].’ The suicide activists who blow themselves up are carrying out the Koran’s commandment.’”

Ali Osman Zor, Great East Islamic Raiders Front terrorist organization

United Kingdom

“Our religion is Islam – obedience to the one true God, Allah, and following the footsteps of the final prophet and messenger Muhammad… This is how our ethical stances are dictated. “

Mohammad Sidique Khan, London subway bomber, explaining his motives on a pre-recorded video tape.

“Know that, I did what I did for the pleasure of Allah alone.”

From the will of Bilal Abdulla, a Glasgow suicide bomber.

“We are doing this in order to gain the pleasure of our Lord and Allah loves us to die and kill in his path. Anyone who tries to deny this, then read the Koran and you will not be able to deny this because this is the words in the Koran and the words of our the messenger of Allah, prayers and peace upon him.”

“We love to die in the path of Allah… On top of this is to punish and to humiliate the Kuffar [non-believer]”

“Thank God Allah accepted my duas [prayers] yeah, and provided me a means to do this.”

From the farewell videos of those convicted in the plot to kill thousands of airline passengers over the Atlantic in 2006.

United States

“I did not act out of hatred for Americans, but love for Allah instead. I live only to serve Allah by obeying all of Allah’s commandments, of which I am aware by reading and learning the contents of the Koran.”

Mohammed Reza Taheri-Azar, explaining (in his words) “reasons for premeditating and attempting to murder citizens and residents of the United States of America.” He also quoted 141 verses from the Qur’an.

“We, Muslims, are content with God’s book, the Quran, to fight you with. God has granted us to fight… In God’s book, He ordered us to fight you everywhere we find you… We ask to be near to God, we fight you and destroy you and terrorize you. The Jihad in God’s cause is a great duty in our religion.”

The “9/11 Shura Council” – 9/11 planners held at Guantanamo Bay – in a March 2009 letter.

“I wasn’t insane or post traumatic nor was I forced to do this Act… [It was] justified according to Islamic Laws and the Islamic Religion. Jihad to fight those who wage war on Islam and Muslims.”

Abdulhakim Muhammad, explaining why he gunned down an unarmed soldier outside a recruiting station in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Uzbekistan

“We have declared a jihad to create a religious government in Uzbekistan”
Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader, Tahir Yuldeshev

Yemen

“In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious the Most Merciful… Praise is to Allah, the glory granter to Islam with His victory and the disgracer of the unbelief with his Might… and I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and messenger who said:

‘I have been inspired between the hands of the hour until Allah alone is worshiped and my sustenance has been made under the shade of my spear, and disgrace and humiliation has been prescribed for the one who disobeys my command.’”

Al-Qaeda al-Jihad in Yemen taking credit for a brutal suicide attack and quoting the words of Muhammad to explain why.

September 11th Attacks

“We killed them outside their land, praise be to Allah. Today, we kill them in the midst of their own home.

O Allah, revive an entire nation by our deaths. O Allah, I sacrifice myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr. O Allah, I sacrifice myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr. O Allah, I sacrifice myself for your sake, accept me as a martyr.

To the Garden of Eden, our first house. We shall meet in the eternal Paradise with the prophets, honest people, martyrs and righteous people. They are the best of companions. Praise be to Allah. Allah’s peace, mercy and blessings be upon you. ”

Ahmad al-Haznawi, Flight 93 Hijacker
“Those 19 brothers who left us made efforts and offered their lives for the cause of Allah. Allah has favored them with this conquest, which we are enjoying now”

Ayman al-Zawahiri, al-Qaeda’s Number two, explaining the motives for the plot.

“Be cheerful, for you have only moments between you and your eternity, after which a happy and satisfying life begins…

“Remember: it is a raid for the sake of Allah. Recite the prayer. As you take the seat, recite the prayer. Mention Allah a lot. When the hijacking begins, “Shout Allah is great because this shout strikes terrors in the hearts of the infidels

“And the moment of death should be accompanied by the basic statement of belief recited by all Muslims at the call to prayer. Seconds before the target, your last words should be, ‘there is no god but Allah. Mohammed is his messenger!”

Written instructions to the hijackers.

“Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!”

Last words from the cockpit of Flight 93.

Our thanks to Vinienco.com

~BOHAMA

God Bless. Dean James III% AMERICA’S FREEDOM FIGHTERS 

US begins training Syrian fighters in Turkey to combat ISIS – report

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​The US military has begun training Syrian opposition fighters in Turkey, in an effort to combat the so-called Islamic State, sources revealed to media. The reported move is an extension of a program that launched in Jordan weeks ago.

A US official, who spoke to Reuters on condition of anonymity, didn’t elaborate on the size of the first group of recruits undergoing training, or when the instruction started.

The Pentagon declined to comment.

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Washington hopes the program will train around 5,000 Syrian fighters a year, giving US military partners on the ground to help combat Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS/ISIL). The training kicked off in Jordan earlier this month.

According to the Obama administration, the program aims to target only Islamic State forces – not troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad. However, critics – including the US Congress – say that goal is not likely to be achieved.

The Syrians are being trained in basic military equipment and skills, “including firearms, communications and command and control abilities,” AP reported earlier in May.

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The training program was made possible by legislation authorized by Congress last September, which set aside $500 million towards training. The US has maintained its troops won’t engage with IS fighters on the ground.

All US military training of Syrian opposition fighters is taking place outside the country. Along with Turkey and Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have offered to host training sites.

So far, US involvement in Syria has been mostly limited to airstrikes – although special operations forces did kill a senior Islamic State leader there earlier this month.

ISIS drive-by attacks on US soil: ‘Terrorize the kuffar’ says 20-year-old American in Islamic State *(GET READY AMERICA. THEY ARE COMING TO KILL US AND OUR CHILDREN.)*

Published on Apr 22, 2015

A 20-year-old American woman who traveled to Islamic State territory in Syria is calling for attacks on her homeland.

Hoda Muthana left the U.S. in November last year after telling her family she was going on a school trip to Atlanta. She instead traveled to Syria via Turkey.

Using a different name on Twitter, Mothana called for American Muslims to “terrorize the kuffar”. Kuffar is a derogatory Arabic term for non-Muslims.

She tweeted that Muslims in the US should go on drive bys and spill all of non-Muslim blood during parades and national holidays.

According to reports, Muthana became radicalized while studying the extremist interpretations that the Islamic State practices online.

Soon after arriving in Syria, Muthana married an Australian jihadist who was later killed in Jordanian airstrikes.

Muthana’s father told Buzzfeed he now fears for his family’s safety and future livelihood because of his daughter’s actions.

L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran

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The enemy among us. Traitors. They should tried for treason, not for “illegally exporting” technology frequently used in military systems such as surface-air and cruise missiles to Iran.

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Khosrow Afghahi, who was arrested for suspicion of illegally exporting technology to Iran.

“I saw about eight FBI agents,” said Thomas Swann, a resident in the quiet Orange County neighborhood known for luxury homes with manicured lawns.  “At first, I thought it was police. Then I looked and saw they were FBI!” Swan said.

Local resident Denise Cofey observed, as Afghahi was being hustled into a police car, that “They were wearing the green vests, they had the guns strapped, they had weapons pulled.”

CBS Los Angeles reported that in a 24-page indictment “the Department of Justice charged Afghahi and four others with facilitating the illegal export of high-tech microelectronics, uninterruptible power supplies and other commodities to Iran, in violation of the International Emergency Powers Act.”

The FBI said that Afghahi and the other suspects worked for different corporations some overseas and one in Houston. Cofey said that if the allegations prove true she would not be surprised. She stated that the house “would be vacant for months on end, like three months on end, then people would show up again.”

“L.A., Houston Nuke Contractors Indicted for Smuggling $24M in Missile Tech to Iran,” Breitbart, April 17, 2015

Five individuals and four companies, including Iranian government and Centrifuge Technology company contractors, have been indicted for illegally exporting technology frequently used in military systems such as surface-air and cruise missiles to Iran. This technology is “frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles,” according to the Department of Justice. $24 million worth of technology was allegedly sent to Iran starting in July 2010.

“The nine defendants charged in the indictment allegedly circumvented U.S. sanctions and illegally exported controlled microelectronics to Iran,” said Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin. The elaborate path detailed in the indictment follows the technology on a route from the U.S. to Taiwan, then to Turkey and finally to Iran.

In a Friday Department of Justice (DOJ) release, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas details the indictment and those charged, which include: Houston-based Smart Power Systems Inc. (SPS); Bahram Mechanic, 69, and Tooraj Faridi, 46, of Houston; Khosrow Afghahi, 71, of Los Angeles; and Faratel Corporation, co-owned by Mechanic and Afghahi in Iran. These individuals are described as “members of an Iranian procurement network operating in the United States.”

Mechanic and Afghahi are described in the indictment as “co-owners of Iran-based Faratel and its Houston-based sister company SPS.” The DOJ release continues: “Faratel designs and builds uninterruptible power supplies for various Iranian entities, including Iranian government agencies such as the Iranian Ministry of Defense, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and the Iranian Centrifuge Technology Company, according to the charges.”

Today’s unsealed indictment alleges, according to the release:

Between approximately July 2010 and the present, Mechanic and the others engaged in a conspiracy to obtain various commodities, including controlled U.S.-origin microelectronics. They then allegedly exported these to Iran, while carefully evading the government licensing system set up to control such exports. The microelectronics shipped to Iran allegedly included microcontrollers and digital signal processors. According to the indictment, these commodities have various applications, and are frequently used in a wide range of military systems, including surface-air and cruise missiles. Between July 2010 and the present, Mechanic’s network allegedly sent at least $24 million worth of commodities to Iran.

“The proliferation of sensitive U.S. technologies to Iran and the direct support to their military and weapons programs remains a clear threat to U.S. national security,” said Assistant Director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division Randall Coleman.

Seven foreign nationals and companies are also being added to the Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) Entity List in conjunction with the indictment. These individuals and companies allegedly “received, transshipped or otherwise facilitated the illegal export of controlled commodities by the defendants,” according to the DOJ release. “Those persons present a greater risk of diversion to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) programs, terrorism or other activities contrary to U.S. national security or foreign policy interests.”

Also charged as part of the scheme are Arthur Shyu and the Hosoda Taiwan Limited Corporation in Taiwan; Matin Sadeghi, 54, and Golsad Istanbul Trading Ltd. in Turkey.

Mechanic and Faridi are scheduled for a detention hearing Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. Afghahi was taken into custody Friday and is expected to appear in the Central District of California according to the DOJ release. Sadeghi and Shya remain at large and are believed to be out of the country.

The release states, “Anyone with information is asked to contact the nearest embassy or local office of the FBI. They may also contact the Houston office of the FBI at 713-693-5000.”

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That fresh feel: Turkish Muslims now permitted to use toilet paper *(WHAT MORE CAN IT BE SAID ABOUT MUSLIMS?)*

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The use of toilet paper has been declared halal by Turkey’s religious authority Diyanet, after centuries of forbiddance by Islamic toilet etiquette.

The Turkish Directorate of Religious Affairs has issued a fatwa (Muslim religious ruling) stating that it’s now acceptable to use toilet paper for personal hygiene, but only if water is nowhere to be found.

“If water cannot be found for cleansing, other cleaning materials can be used. Even though some sources deem paper to be unsuitable as a cleaning material, as it is an apparatus for writing, there is no problem in using toilet paper,” the ruling says, as reported by Hurriyet Daily News.

The previous prohibition on the use of toilet paper was established by Qadaahul Haajah, an extremely prohibitive set of rules detailing how and when Muslim should relieve themselves. The rules were conceived before the invention of toilet paper or toilet seats. While not compulsory, they are observed by many devout Muslims.

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Among other things, the rules state that one should say a short prayer before and after going to the toilet, should not do your business standing up, and in fact should not take the trip to the loo at all unless absolutely necessary. For cleaning, one should use water, three stones, or one’s left hand.

Even before the latest relaxing of the rules, some hygiene product manufacturers were marketing “halal toilet paper” around the world – featuring labels of approval by local Muslim authorities. It is unclear how this falls in line with Qadaahul Haajah, but at least for Turkish Muslims, any inconsistencies have now been resolved.