Several Somali American men were charged by federal officials on Monday after a 10-month investigation into their alleged efforts to join Islamic State terrorists overseas.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested six men in Minneapolis and San Diego who officials said tried to provide support to leaders of Islamic State terror cells.
Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Adnan Farah, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20, were arrested in Minneapolis. Abdirahman Yasin Daud, 21, and Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21, were arrested in San Diego after driving from Minneapolis.
Daud and Farah were planning to pick up passports and then cross into Mexico, where they would board a flight to the Middle East, federal authorities said Monday.
It would be interesting to find out who their point man was in Mexico, especially regarding those passports.
In a lighter mode, Paco Almaraz poked fun (in Spanish) at the jihadists-to-be:
“We want to speak with the Americans,” Adel Bin Muhammad El Ouerghi, a Tunisian, told the Guardian. “We are in this situation here in Uruguay because of them: they sent us here. We want to receive help from the American government: a house, a job, money for our everyday costs, like food, clothes, transport and such day-to-day expenses.”
Adel Bin Muhammad El Ouerghi is also named Abdul Bin Mohammed Bin Abess Ourgy in some reports.
You may want to play the World’s Smallest Violin while reading The Guardian article.
The Gitmo Six reportedly have turned down job offers and dropped out of Spanish language lessons.
Thankfully, it is hard to imagine suicide or a coup. It is also hard to see Ms Rousseff, a tough former urban guerrilla who survived torture, resigning. And Brazilian law holds that a president can be impeached only for political or common crimes committed during her current term of office—though whether that rule would necessarily exempt any malfeasance during her first term is not clear. So far nothing ties Ms Rousseff to corruption; some would like fiscal irresponsibility to be impeachable, but probably it is not. It is for Mr Cunha to decide whether to start impeachment, and he is one of 52 politicians being investigated over alleged illegal donations from Petrobras.
As it enters the final stretch of a massive expansion, the Panama Canal Authority is setting its sights on an even more ambitious project worth up to $17 billion that would allow it to handle the world’s biggest ships.
Workers are now installing giant, 22-story lock gates to accommodate larger “Post-Panamax” ships through the Canal, one of the world’s busiest maritime routes.
The project involves building a third set of locks on the Canal. It is being headed by Italy’s Salini Impregilo and Spain’s Sacyr, and should open on April 1, 2016.
The new Uruguayan government says it will no longer grant asylum to prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention centre.
In December, Uruguay gave sanctuary to six Arab men who had been held at the US base in Cuba for 12 years.
Opinion polls said most Uruguayans rejected the decision taken by outgoing President Jose Mujica.
Foreign Minister Rodolfo Nin Novoa also said Uruguay would stop taking refugees from the Syrian conflict.
Does that mean they’ll kick Syrians Jihad Abu Wael Dhiab, Ali Husain Shaaban, Ahmed Adnan Ajuri, and Abdelhadi Faraj, Palestinian Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan, and Tunisian Adel bin Muhammad El Ouerghi out of the country?
Witnesses at the airport said that a few minutes after takeoff they heard a significant explosion followed by a huge fireball.
The passengers were members of the Argentine company La Rural which is an associate in a project to exploit a Convention Center under construction in the Atlantic resort of Punta del Este and had flown to Uruguay for a business conference with their Uruguayan partners and the local government.
La Rural is a leading company in Argentina and Latin America in the fairs, congress and events industry.
As Capt. Louis Renault may exclaim, while contemplating the terrorist networks at work,
Uruguayan journalist Nora Fernández Espino, currently working with the Fundación de Ayuda Humanitaria (IHH), which owns the Mavi Marmara, one of the Free Gaza flotilla vessels, took time from her busy schedule last month to escort Gitmo alumnus and “Syrian Group” member Jihad Ahmad Diyab (a.k.a. Abu Wael Dihab, a.k.a. Jihad Ahmed Mujstafa Diyab – could we call him Jihad?) to Argentina.
You may recall that Jihad took the opportunity to say he was “ready to fight“, but not to take a job or learn Spanish.
Our friends at HACER (link in Spanish) also point out that Fernández Espino, while having no visible means of funding, is the proprietress of various corporations and bars in Uruguay and Argentina. The photo in the article was taken during one of her frequent trips to Gaza:
Appalachian Ohio could benefit most, in part because the Ohio River could receive goods from the canal after they’ve made their way to the United States via the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River or the East Coast and the Port of Virginia.