June 1st, 2011
Waad Ramadan Alwan, 30, and Mohanad Shareef Hammadi, 23. Starting in September 2010, the FBI informant told Alwan he was helping support insurgents in Iraq by smuggling weapons and money in used vehicles sent to Iraq. They were USED CAR DEALERS. Alwan said that he worked for groups that received money from Osama bin Laden and was planning to send money and weapons to Iraq in secret compartments on cars. There is a network of Muslim used car dealers in the USA and abroad that facilitates the support of terrorism through the transport of used vehicles to the Middle East.
“Google” Muslim used car dealer support of terrorism and see what you get. According to the charging documents, Alwan entered the United States in April 2009 and has lived in Bowling Green since his arrival. Hammadi entered the United States in July 2009 and, after first residing in Las Vegas, moved to Bowling Green.
There has been a network of Muslim Used Dealers sending vehicles to Iraq in support of terrorism since at least June of 2002, Waad Alwan was aware of this network and it appears that he had been on the receving end of the vehicles in Iraq since at least 2003 before he shows up in the USA in 2009.
FOLLOW THE MONEY AND THE STOLEN CARS, AL-QAEDA MASTERS TERRORISM ON THE CHEAP. Stolen cars are obtained inside the United States, particularly in Tampa, Fl., and shipped to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and Dubai, United Arab Emirates, where they are then sold for profit or even used for car bombs in places such as Iraq.
Two Iraqi nationals who came to the US as refugees have been arrested in Kentucky on charges that they conspired to provide money, weapons, and other support to Al Qaeda in Iraq, federal officials announced on Tuesday.
Waad Ramadan Alwan and Muhamad Shareef Hammadi, both of Bowling Green, have entered not guilty pleas and are being held pending a pretrial detention hearing. They were charged in a 23-count indictment returned last week.
Mr. Alwan is accused of conspiring to kill US nationals abroad, distributing information on the manufacture and use of improvised explosive devices in Iraq, and plotting to transfer Stinger missiles to Iraq. Mr. Hammadi is charged with attempting to provide material support to Al Qaeda in Iraq, and conspiring to transfer Stinger missiles.
“Over the course of roughly eight years, Waad Ramadan Alwan allegedly supported efforts to kill US troops in Iraq, first by participating in the construction and placement of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in Iraq, and, more recently, by attempting to ship money and weapons from the United States to insurgents in Iraq,” said Todd Hinnen, acting assistant attorney general for national security, more from this source…
The men are among 56,000 Iraqis who took advantage of special programs to come to the United States after demonstrating they were in danger from Iraqi militias for their religious beliefs or because they were translators for U.S. government or media organizations.
Alwan was admitted into the U.S. in 2009 even though his fingerprint was found in 2005 on an unexploded roadside bomb that was set to blow up a U.S. convoy in Iraq, according to court documents. His print was loaded into a Defense Department database. But when he applied for U.S. refugee status, a search of that database was not yet a part of the application process.
In conversations with an FBI informant, Alwan described himself as a holy warrior, or “mujahid,” who came to the U.S. because he was wanted in Iraq and a U.S. passport would allow him to travel freely, the documents say. “I didn’t come here for America. I came here to get a passport and go back to Turkey, Saudi or wherever I want,” Alwan allegedly said.
Experts said Alwan’s and Hammadi’s history of attacking U.S. troops should have been detected earlier. The FBI “may have done a good job preventing an incident. But it should have never gotten to that status. I still don’t understand how he was able to get into the country,” said Frank Cilluffo, who was White House domestic security advisor to President George W. Bush and is now the director of a domestic security studies program at George Washington University.
Iraqi refugees in the U.S. have come under renewed scrutiny in the last year and a half, ever since serious gaps were identified in the refugee vetting process. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a House hearing in February that he had information that Al Qaeda in Iraq may have used the weaknesses to send operatives to the U.S., more from this source….
There are numerous used car dealers in Tampa from Iraq and Gaza (Shiite) who are sending vehicles to the Middle East (Dubai) and then into Iraq in what appears to be in support of terrorism. The car smuggling appears to transcend Sunni and Shiite lines as both the Mahdi army and al-Qaeda in Iraq rely heavily upon profits from the vehicles to continue with their terrorist activity.
The secular Ba’athist regime in Syria works closely with Hizballah as a secular Ba’athist regime in Iraq has developed ties to al-Qaeda. It would be a mistake to assume that Islamist international terror groups are driven primarily by the religious associations with radical Sunni or radical Shiite Islam. These groups have their own geopolitical interests in bridging this great Islamic divide – particularly their antipathy for the United States and its allies.
INTERNATIONAL GROUP OF USED CAR DEALERS LINKED TO 9/11 TERRORISM by BILL WARNER, The Spanish cell’s alleged mastermind was 40-year-old Imad Yarkas, a Syrian-born used car dealer (importer)with a Spanish wife and five children. He was jailed in Madrid in November 2001, one of about 40 alleged Islamic extremists arrested in Spain since the 9/11 attacks. Yarkas was convicted and sent to prison in Nov 2006 for 27 years.
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