Attention Sarasota Herald Tribune: Islamic Relief Agency Admits Illegal Funds Transfer to Iraq & Al-Qaeda, Regional Director was Ziyad Khaleel Roommate of Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat.
Thursday, July 21, 2016
FOX NEWS….A Missouri-based Islamic charity that was shut down after being identified by the federal government as a global terrorist organization admitted in federal court Wednesday, July 20th 2016, that it illegally funneled $1.4 million to Iraq in violation of U.S. sanctions. A representative of the Islamic American Relief Agency pleaded guilty in Jefferson City, Missouri, to conspiring to violate the International Emergency Economic Powers Act. The agency, once based in Columbia MO, also pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to commit money laundering and obstructing the administration of internal revenue laws. At least three former IARA principals — the group’s chief, a fundraiser and a board member — have previously been sentenced in the wide-ranging scheme to illegally transfer money, and a former Michigan congressman went to prison for lobbying efforts for the group. The indictment alleges the IARA lied when it denied ever employing an agent for al-Qaeda named Ziyad Khaleel as a regional director who was also the roommate of Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat. A secret CIA report in early 1996 concluded that the IARA was funding radical militants in Bosnia (see January 1996). US intelligence will later reveal that in the late 1990s, IARA is regularly funding al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden. For instance, it has evidence of IARA giving hundreds of thousands of dollars to bin Laden in 1999.
The two al-Qaeda operatives, Tarik Hamdi, on left above, and Ziyad Khaleel, photo in center above, have been involved with both the CDLR and the ARC. The Advice and Reformation Committee (or “ARC”) and the Committee for the Defense of Legitimate Rights (or “CDLR”) are both Saudi-dissident groups in London with ties to Osama bin Laden, his photo on right above. Tarik Hamdi’s former employer the International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT) – IIIT is a core member of the Safa Group. IIIT employs Tariq Hamdi who corresponded directly with Al-Arian’s groups in Tampa. International Islamic Charitable Organization (IICO) – “Safa Group” corporation located at 555 Grove Street, #116, Herndon, Virginia, operated by Muhammad Ashraf, Ibrahim Hassaballa, Yaqub Mirza and Mohieldin Mohamed. The IIIT Institute’s Herndon, VA, headquarters, located at 555 Grove St., were subject of a March 20, 2002 raid, along with 19 other business and non-profit entities allegedly related to an umbrella corporation known as the SAAR Foundation, as part of a joint FBI-Customs Service program known as Operation Green Quest, a Federal Grand Jury investigation into all of these Saudi terror funding fronts is still ongoing!
FBI agents participate in a raid at the offices of the Islamic American Relief Agency at 201 E. Cherry in Columbia on Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2004. While living in the US, Ziyad Khaleel also was helping Hamas, the Islamic Association for Palestine (IAP), and working as a regional director for the Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA), which was directly funding Al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden (see November 1996-Late December 1999). On March 8, 2007, the IARA organization and five of its leaders were charged in the 33-count indictment, handed down by a grand jury in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Missouri for sending $1.4 million to Iraq during the sanctions that took place from 1990 to 2003. US intelligence also linked Ziyad Khaleel aka Ziyad Sadaqa to the Al-Kifah Refugee Center in 1994, a charity front with ties to both bin Laden and the CIA (see 1986-1993). Once in custody, Ziyad Khaleel cooperates with the FBI and is said to provide “crucial evidence about bin Laden’s US operations.” But he is quickly released. He will graduate from Columbia College later in 2000. [Newsweek, 2/7/2000; Knight Ridder, 9/20/2001] He will continue to raise money in the US for Palestinian groups the US government will later say are terrorist-related. He will leave the US around early 2001 and apparently dies in a car crash in Saudi Arabia in 2002, (yeah right).
In November 1996, the FBI monitors the progress of bin Laden buying a new satellite phone and tracks the purchase to Ziyad Khaleel , a US citizen and radical militant living in Missouri with Imam Muneer Arafat (see November 1996-Late August 1998). Newsweek will later say that this puts the Sudan-based charity Islamic American Relief Agency (IARA) “on the FBI’s radar screen” because Ziyad Khaleel is one of IARA’s eight regional US directors. [Newsweek, 10/20/2004] Khaleel is monitored as he continues to buy new minutes and parts for bin Laden’s phone at least through 1998 (see July 29-August 7, 1998)
IARA, which served as the U.S. office of the Sudan-based Islamic Relief Agency, took in between $1 million and $3 million in contributions annually from 1991 to 2003, federal authorities said. The group was closed in October 2004 after being identified by the U.S. Treasury Department as a specially designated global terrorist organization. After being indicted in 2008, IARA was reconstituted to resolve the criminal matter that led to Wednesday’s guilty plea, though the group and its governing board have agreed not to form a successor. As part of the plea, IARA admitted it secretly funneled $1.375 million in cash or merchandise to Iraq in violation of United States economic sanctions dating to 1990. IARA was an offshoot of an agency by the same name based in Khartoum, Sudan run by Osama bin Laden, officials said. The U.S. agency, formed in 1985, was shuttered in October 2004 after the Treasury Department deemed it a global terrorist organization.
In addition, the indictment alleges the IARA lied when it denied ever employing an agent for al-Qaeda, Ziyad Khaleel, who helped procure satellite phones that Osama bin Laden used to direct the terrorist attacks against U.S. embassies in East Africa. Ziyad Khaleel lives in Denver in the early 1990s until about 1994, and is vice president of the Denver Islamic Society. In 1998, he will work with ARC head Khalid al-Fawwaz to buy a satellite phone for bin Laden (see November 1996-Late August 1998). [Denver Post, 1/27/1991; St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 1/22/2003] It seems likely Khaleel is in contact with Anwar al-Awlaki at this time, since al-Awlaki works as an imam for the Denver Islamic Society from 1994 to 1996. In 1999, al-Awlaki will be investigated by the FBI for his links to Khaleel (see June 1999-March 2000). He will go on to be the imam for a couple of the future 9/11 hijackers in San Diego, California, and then will become a prominent radical in Yemen before he was killed by the CIA along with my pal Samir Khan (dirtball propagandist).
Sarasota Imam Muneer Arafat was Member of Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood and Roommate of bin-Laden’s Procurement Agent Ziyad Khaleel and FBI Claims No Links in Sarasota to 9/11 Hijackers, OMG, LMAO. “A sheikh named Muneer Arafat came to St. Louis MO talking all that jihad talk prior to the September 11th, 2001 terror attacks“. In St. Louis MO, from 1996 to 2000, Muneer Arafat became a well-known lecturer at different Masjids and built up quite a following. He gave lectures at local mosques that almost exclusively focused on Jihad week in and week out and this got him into trouble with Sheikh Muhammad Nur of the Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis who at one point banned him from giving lectures at the Gateway Masjid. Muneer Arafat was preaching terrorism OK to be a suicide bomber.
FDLE INVESTIGATION SARASOTA FL: On 8 DECEMBER 2003, Special Agent Scott McAllister (Florida Department of Law Enforcement) along with Special Agent Thomas Baugher (Federal Bureau of Investigation) and Detective James LaPlante (Sarasota City Police Department) interviewed a confidential informant (CI), under control of the Detroit office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding Muneer Arafat and others in Sarasota Fl. Sarasota Imam Muneeer Arafat had been arrested on May 10th 2003 (his birthday) at the intersection of Bee Ridge Rd and Route 41 in Sarasota Fl for running a red light and having no drivers license, he was booked into the Sarasota County jail. The CI spoke of Muneer ARAFAT as the Imam of the local Sarasota mosque, ISSB, and that Muneer ARAFAT was a member of the Islamic Brotherhood, who follows a radical belief and teachings of Radical preacher ALBAZ, and Muneer ARAFAT wishes harm to the United States. According to the CI source,
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