Eye on Extremism, June 13, 2017

USA Today: Iran Attempts To Expand Control Through Syria As ISIS Nears Defeat
“New efforts by Iranian-backed militias to control supply lines in southern Syria highlight an alarming trend in the war-torn region: Militias and their foreign backers are accelerating their rivalry for power as the U.S.-led coalition shrinks the Islamic State’s territory. “You can see everyone maneuvering frenetically,” said Michael Knights, an analyst at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. The problem surfaced in recent weeks when Iranian-backed militias maneuvered close to a U.S. outpost in southern Syria. The outpost at al-Tanf is a base for several hundred coalition advisers and the local forces they are supporting. Last week, U.S.-led coalition aircraft struck the militias for a third time to warn them away from U.S. forces. An American warplane also shot down an Iranian-built armed drone operating in the same area after it fired at U.S. advisers and their partner forces.”
Reuters: U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters Reach Old City Walls In Islamic State-Held Raqqa
“U.S.-backed Syrian militias advanced further into Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa from the east on Monday, reaching the walls of the Old City, a war monitor and a militia spokesman said on Monday. The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), a group of Kurdish and Arab militias supported by a U.S.-led coalition, began to attack Raqqa last Tuesday with the aim of taking it from Islamic State militants, after a months-long campaign to cut it off. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor said the SDF took the al-Sanaa industrial neighborhood on Monday as part of their push into the eastern half of the city, and had reached the walls of the Old City neighborhood.”
USA Today: ISIS Clings To Mosul On 3rd Anniversary Of Invading Iraq
“The Iraqi military had planned on a big celebration Saturday, the third anniversary of the Islamic State’s capture of Mosul, by completing the liberation of Iraq’s second-largest city and the militants’ last major stronghold in the country. But it didn’t happen. Instead, the military is still struggling to eject a militant group that has shown renewed determination and ferocity than expected despite being heavily outnumbered. On Sunday, Iraqi forces began to storm one of the gateways into the final bastion held by the Islamic State, or ISIS, in Mosul: the ‘Old City.’”
Wall Street Journal: Qatar Can’t Have It Both Ways
“It is a striking and dangerous contradiction: Qatar invests billions of dollars in the U.S. and Europe and then recycles the profits to support Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood and groups linked to al Qaeda. Qatar hosts the American military base from which the U.S. directs the regional war against extremism, yet it also owns media networks responsible for inciting many of the same extremists. When the United Arab Emirates and like-minded countries took diplomatic and economic measures against Qatar last week, it was not done lightly or in haste. Rather it was prompted by the accumulation of years of bewildering Qatari behavior that poses a direct threat to the U.S., U.A.E. and Qatar itself. If Qatar sows the wind, it will reap the whirlwind. President Trump said it well on Friday: “the time had come to call on Qatar to end its funding [of extremism]. . . . For Qatar, we want you back among the unity of responsible nations.”
Reuters: From ‘Caliph’ To Fugitive: IS Leader Baghdadi’s New Life On The Run
“Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is on the brink of losing the two main centers of his ‘caliphate’ but even though he is on the run, it may take years to capture or kill him, officials and experts said. Islamic State fighters are close to defeat in the twin capitals of the group’s territory, Mosul in Iraq and Raqqa in Syria, and officials say Baghdadi is steering clear of both, hiding in thousands of square miles of desert between the two. ‘In the end, he will either be killed or captured, he will not be able to remain underground forever,’ said Lahur Talabany, the head of counter-terrorism at the Kurdistan Regional Government, the Kurdish autonomous region in northern Iraq. ‘But this is a few years away still,’ he told Reuters.”
Bloomberg: May, Macron To Consider Fining Tech Companies In Terror Fight
“U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and French President Emmanuel Macron plan to lead a joint crackdown on technology companies that fail to remove terrorism-related content, including fines. Tackling Islamist extremism — often inspired by videos and images on the Internet — is a priority for both governments. Britain’s election campaign was interrupted by two deadly attacks in Manchester and London, while more than 200 died in Paris and Nice in 2015 and 2016.”
Reuters: Islamic State Cells In Nearly All Indonesian Provinces: Military Chief
“The Islamic State militant group has a presence in nearly all provinces across Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, the military chief in Jakarta has said. General Gatot Nurmantyo’s comments late on Monday that there are clandestine ‘sleeper’ cells across the sprawling Indonesian archipelago underscored concerns about Islamic State’s growing influence in Southeast Asia. ‘After observation, we see that in almost every province … there are already IS cells, but they are sleeper cells,’ Nurmantyo told reporters in the capital, Jakarta. He singled out the predominantly Christian province of Papua as one of the few exceptions.”
United States
The New York Times: U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran And North Korea, Are A Disappointment Against ISIS
“America’s fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea’s missile launches, with mixed results. But since they began training their arsenal of cyberweapons on a more elusive target, internet use by the Islamic State, the results have been a consistent disappointment, American officials say. The effectiveness of the nation’s arsenal of cyberweapons hit its limits, they have discovered, against an enemy that exploits the internet largely to recruit, spread propaganda and use encrypted communications, all of which can be quickly reconstituted after American “mission teams” freeze their computers or manipulate their data.”
Reuters: Another U.S. Appeals Court Refuses To Revive Trump Travel Ban
“President Donald Trump suffered another legal setback on Monday as a second federal appeals court refused to revive his travel ban on people entering the United States from six Muslim-majority nations in a dispute headed to the U.S. Supreme Court. The San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals used narrow grounds to reject the Trump administration’s bid to undo a Hawaii federal judge’s decision blocking the temporary ban. It said the Republican president’s March 6 order violated existing immigration law. But the three-judge panel – all Democratic appointees – did not address whether it was unconstitutional discrimination against Muslims.”
Radio Free Europe: U.S. Taking ‘Regional Approach’ In New Afghanistan Strategy, Mattis Says
“U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said he will present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump ‘very soon,’ and the new U.S. strategy will take a ‘regional approach’ rather than addressing the country’s long-running war in isolation. ‘We are taking a regional approach to this…. We will take that forward to the president for a decision very soon,’ Mattis told the House Armed Services Committee on June 12. Media have reported that Mattis will recommend sending another 3,000 to 5,000 U.S. troops to break what he has called a ‘stalemate’ between U.S.-backed government forces and the Taliban.”
The Hill: Mattis Will Give Trump Afghanistan Strategy ‘Very Soon’
“Secretary of Defense James Mattis on Monday said the Pentagon will put strategy for the fight in Afghanistan in front of President Trump ‘very soon,’ according to Reuters. Testifying in front of the House Armed Services Committee on the 2018 defense budget Monday night, Mattis said the plan for Afghanistan will include ‘a regional approach.’ ‘We are taking a regional approach to this,’ he told the committee, as reported by Reuters. ‘We will take that forward to the president for a decision very soon.”’
Newsweek: Trump Administration Targets ISIS Leaders With New U.S. Sanctions Over Chemical Weapons Used In Iraq
“New U.S. sanctions were rolled out Monday against two individuals suspected of overseeing the financing, manufacturing and distribution of chemical weapons for the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). The Treasury Department announced that the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) is aiming to block all of Attallah Salman ‘Abd Kafi al-Jaburi’s financial assets and property under Executive Order 13224, which was issued after the 9/11 attacks. The U.S. has accused Jaburi of being a ‘senior ISIS leader’ involved with developing explosives and chemical weapons.”
The Christian Science Monitor: The State Of ISIS: Shrinking Territory, Expanding Reach
“Manchester. Nigeria. Baghdad. Kabul. London Bridge. Tehran. And Marawi, in the Philippines, among many other targets…The news headlines about recent bloody attacks conducted by the so-called Islamic State, or inspired by it, give the impression that the ISIS brand of global jihad is ever-expanding and still dynamic. The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when ISIS traditionally ramps up such high-profile attacks, is a little more than half over, and has demonstrated the jihadists’ continued global reach. But two other datelines tell a much different story: of an inescapable, two-year decline in ISIS’s aspirations for its self-declared territorial state. Today ISIS fighters are clinging to their last toeholds in Mosul, Iraq’s second city, where the jihadists declared an Islamic caliphate in June 2014.”
Voice Of America: ISIS Calls On Followers To Attack During Ramadan
“Islamic State is calling on its followers around the world to carry out attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. A purported spokesman for the terror group made his grisly appeal on an audio tape on the ISIS channel on an encrypted messaging website called Telegram. Countries targeted for attack in the message include the United States, Russia, Australia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and the Philippines as well as across Europe. Islamic State claimed it was behind last week’s twin attacks in Tehran, killing at least 12 people. The spokesman called for more bombings in Iran, saying the country is ‘weaker than a spider’s web.’”
Reuters: Hundreds Get Food Poisoning In Iraqi Displaced Camp
“Hundreds fell ill from food poisoning in a camp for displaced people east of the Iraqi city of Mosul on Monday evening, and were rushed to nearby hospitals, Iraqi officials said. People started vomiting and some fainted after eating an iftar meal, breaking the Muslim Ramadan fast, said lawmaker Zahed Khatoun, a member of the Iraqi parliament’s committee for displaced people. The camp in al-Khazer on the road linking Mosul and Erbil houses people displaced by an offensive to dislodge Islamic State fighters from Mosul.”
Reuters: Afghan Civilians Killed As U.S. Troops Open Fire After Bomb Attack – Afghan Official
“As many as three Afghan civilians were killed on Monday when American troops opened fire after their vehicle struck a roadside bomb, an official in Nangarhar province said. A man and his two sons were killed at their home in Ghani Khel, a district in the south of Nangarhar, on the border with Pakistan, said Attaullah Khogyani, a spokesman for the provincial governor. ‘After the bomb blast hit them, the American forces then started shooting and killed one man and two children nearby,’ he said.  The U.S. military command in Kabul said a convoy of American and Afghan troops was struck by a roadside bomb and attacked by gunmen.”
CNN: US Forces Attacked In Afghanistan
“A convoy carrying US and Afghan forces was struck by a roadside bomb and came under small arms fire in Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province on Monday. The convoy returned fire in self-defense and there were no US casualties, according to a NATO press release. But Monday’s attack comes just days after three US soldiers were killed and another wounded during a joint US-Afghan military operation in the same region. An American official said the soldiers were shot in an apparent insider attack, also known as a ‘green-on-blue’ incident because of the color-coding system used by NATO. During such assaults, members of the Afghan security forces are known to target US and other NATO soldiers.”
Reuters: Al Qaeda Claims Yemen Army Camp Attack That Killed 12
“Al Qaeda militants claimed responsibility for a car bomb and gun attack on an army camp in southeastern Yemen early on Monday that killed at least 10 militants and two soldiers, according to a statement posted on Twitter. The attack, near the town of Baddah in oil-producing Hadramout province, came after a lull in attacks by the Islamist militant group’s Yemeni affiliate, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula. Attackers set off two car bombs outside the camp, a military official said. Residents said they also heard gunfire after two loud explosions.  ‘Our soldiers foiled the attack and managed to secure the camp and we are still pursuing those who have escaped in nearby farms,’ the official told Reuters by phone.”
BBC News: Why Qatar Is The Focus Of Terrorism Claims
“The dispute that has seen Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies isolate Qatar stems from allegations that the tiny gas-rich nation is sponsoring extremist groups which are destabilising the Middle East. This is not the first time Qatar’s neighbours have expressed their displeasure over its individualist foreign policy – diplomatic relations were severed for nine months in 2014. Tensions have arisen from Qatar’s support for the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood; its close relationship with groups such as the Taliban and certain al-Qaeda affiliates; and its relationship with Iran, which has most recently led to allegations from Saudi Arabia that the state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera is supporting Houthi rebels in Yemen fighting government forces backed by Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.”
Associated Press: The Latest: Un Chief Working To Resolve Gulf Dispute
“U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is working behind the scenes to help resolve the dispute between Qatar and its Arab neighbors. U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters Monday that Guterres ‘has been in touch with people as have other U.N. officials. We’re not going to specify the nature of those conversations.’ Last Thursday, Guterres urged countries in the region ‘to avoid escalating tensions and work instead to overcome their differences,’ U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.”
The Jerusalem Post: Egypt Offers Gaza Electricity In Exchange For Crackdown On Security At Border
“Egypt extended an offer to Hamas to provide power to the Gaza Strip in exchange for security changes at the border, Ashraq Al-Awsat, the international Arab newspaper based in London, reported Tuesday morning. According to the report, Cairo said it was willing to ease up restrictions at the Rafah crossing and provide additional humanitarian aid to the Strip if a list of security demands that was passed on to Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar will be met. Among Egypt’s demands, according to Ashraq Al-Awsat, was a request to extradite 17 wanted terrorists to Egypt, a demand that Gaza crack down on security along the border between Sinai and the Strip as well as a demand that Hamas discontinue weapons smuggling to Sinai.”
Reuters: Egypt Bans Scores Of News Websites In Growing Censorship Crackdown
“An often fiery government critic, Egyptian journalist Khaled al-Balshi has been arrested, had his operations monitored, and staff harassed by police for years. Yet his website Al-Bedaiah, a rare dissident voice in Egypt, had never been touched. On Sunday that changed when it suddenly went blank with no warning after being blocked, part of what Balshi called an unprecedented and far-reaching state crackdown on scores of news websites in recent weeks. ‘Let’s be clear, the Egyptian websites going through this are dealing with a long-term shutdown — this is not short term,’ said Balshi from his downtown Cairo office, where four work stations sat idle, because staff feared coming to work in case of arrest.”
Middle East
CNN: What The Qatar Crisis Means For Hamas
“When Palestinian militant group Hamas announced its new charter to the world, it wasn’t from Ramallah or Gaza City, but from the Sheraton hotel’s gilded Salwa Ballroom in Doha. It was no surprise that Hamas chose Qatar. It’s the home of outgoing Hamas leader, Khaled Meshaal, and much of his senior leadership. ‘Qatar is quite important for Hamas,’ said H.A. Hellyer, a senior non-resident fellow at the Atlantic Council. ‘Qatar provides strong financial aid to the occupied Palestinian territories and is a safe haven for a number of Hamas leaders.’”
The Jerusalem Post: Shin Bet Arrests Three Arab-Israelis Suspected Of Supporting ISIS
“The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) announced Monday that three Arab-Israeli minors were arrested on suspicion of supporting Islamic State. According to the Shin Bet, two 17-year-old residents of the Arab village of Barta’a had, in recent months, participated in religious courses in which they were exposed to extremist content connected to ISIS. Another Israeli, a resident of east Barta’a, in the West Bank, also was arrested. The village straddles both sides of the Green Line.”
The Times Of Israel: Border Police Say They Thwarted Hebron Stabbing
“Border Police said they foiled a stabbing attack outside the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the flashpoint city of Hebron Monday evening. Officers noticed the suspect, a female Palestinian in her twenties, approaching an IDF inspection post gripping a knife, officials said. They then startled her from behind, causing her to drop the weapon. The woman, a resident of the West Bank village of Yatta, was detained and taken for further investigation by security officials. Attempted stabbings against security forces and worshipers are common in the city, particularly near the religious site, holy to both Judaism and Islam.”
Reuters: Israel Reduces Power Supply To Gaza, As Abbas Pressures Hamas
“Israel will reduce electricity supplies to the Gaza Strip after the Palestinian Authority limited how much it pays for power to the enclave run by Hamas, Israeli officials said on Monday. The decision by Israel’s security cabinet is expected to shorten by 45 minutes the daily average of four hours of power that Gaza’s 2 million residents receive from an electricity grid dependent on Israeli supplies, the officials said. The West Bank-based Palestinian Authority (PA) blamed Hamas’s failure to reimburse it for electricity for the reduction in power supplies.”
Newsweek: Iran Claims U.S. Is Supporting ISIS And That It Has Evidence To Prove It
“A high-ranking Iranian military official claims that the U.S. directly backs the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and says he has evidence to back his allegations. Major General Mostafa Izadi, deputy chief of staff of Iran’s armed forces, announced Sunday that the nation was in possession of proof that the U.S., which leads an international coalition against ISIS, actually backs the ultraconservative Sunni Muslim group, but did not provide any specifics. Iran, which is also deeply involved in the fight against ISIS, suffered its first major attack by the group Wednesday, when militants conducted two deadly gun and bomb assaults in Tehran, prompting pledges of a thorough investigation and a harsh response by Iranian authorities. The massacre also prompted heated statements from both Washington and Tehran, which accused the other of supporting terrorism in the region.”
BBC News: Manchester Bombing Was Planned For Months, Libya Says
“The bomb attack in Manchester last month which killed 22 people was being planned since December, security officials in Libya have told the BBC. Salman Abedi was being watched in Libya more than a month before the attack. Officials in Tripoli have complained about poor security co-operation with the UK, which they say must be improved to prevent further attacks. Abedi spent a quiet month with his family in Tripoli before returning to Britain to carry out mass murder. Libyan officials have told the BBC’s Orla Guerin that from the time of his arrival in the country he was under surveillance, along with his brother Hashem and father Ramadan.”
The Washington Post: Nigeria Army Says It Killed Boko Haram Leader, Frees 9 Kids
“A top Boko Haram commander was among many insurgents killed Sunday as soldiers fought to rescue nine children being trained at a secret camp, a Nigerian official said Monday. Soldiers on their way to an Islamic extremist camp in Jarawa village in Borno State, ran into an ambush by Boko Haram fighters, said Nigerian army spokesman Brig. Gen. Sani Usman. The soldiers then killed a large number of Boko Haram insurgents, including one of its commanders Abu Nazir, who was on the military’s wanted list, Usman said. Soldiers also rescued nine abducted children, who are now being given preliminary humanitarian assistance. They will then go to a displaced persons camp in Kala Balge, about 150 kilometers (93 miles) west of Maiduguri, the Borno state capital, the army spokesman said.”
Voice Of America: Surge In Suspected Boko Haram Attacks Hits Northern Cameroon
“Suicide bombers attacked two border towns and a military base in northern Cameroon over the weekend, according to local officials. The violence is part of a recent string of attacks in the border area attributed to militant group Boko Haram. Five suicide bombers crossed from Nigeria into the Mayo Sava division of northern Cameroon on Saturday, said Babila Akao, the most senior government official in that area. He told VOA by phone that the bombers were targeting the towns of Mora and Kolofata, but only two were able to detonate their vests.”
United Kingdom
Fox News: London Terror Attack: UK Police Arrest Man In Connection To Assault
“London police arrested a 19-year-old man Sunday night in connection to the London Bridge terror attack. The man had been arrested in the east London neighborhood of Barking, police said. He was being detained on suspicion of violating the Terrorism Act. Police are currently holding six other men, who are between the ages of 27 to 30, in the assault on the London Bridge area, the BBC reported. The suspects have not been identified or charged. Police have released 12 others who had been arrested in the early days of the investigation.”
Daily Caller: Suspects In Manchester Terror Attack Released Without Charges
“All 22 suspects arrested in connection with the Manchester terror attack last month have been released without charges, according to CBS News. Salman Abedi, a British national of Libyan descent, detonated a suicide bomb outside an Ariana Grande concert as people were leaving Manchester Arena on May 22, killing 22 people and injuring 59 more. In the three weeks following the attack, UK police arrested more than 20 people they believed to be connected to the suicide bomber on suspicion of terrorism, including his older brother. Police still do not know if Abedi acted alone of as part of a network.”
Associated Press: 4 Syrian Brothers Face Terrorism Charges In Germany
“German authorities arrested four Syrian brothers on terrorism charges Monday for allegedly fighting for an extremist group in their homeland five years ago. Mustafa K., 41, Abdullah K., 39, Sultan K., 44, and Ahmed K., 51, whose last name wasn’t released because of privacy regulations, are accused of membership in a terrorist organization for fighting for the Nusra Front in the northern Syrian city Ras al-Ayn starting in late 2012. Federal prosecutors said the men were allegedly involved in the group’s fight against Syrian government troops and Kurdish defense forces. Mustafa and Sultan K. are also charged with war crimes for allegedly forcing civilians from the city and plundering their possessions. Prosecutors refused to say when the brothers entered Germany.”
Reuters: EU To Open Case Against Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic Over Migration
“The European Union’s executive will decide on Tuesday to open legal cases against three eastern members for failing to take in asylum-seekers to relieve states on the front lines of the bloc’s migration crisis, sources said. The European Commission would agree at a regular meeting to send so-called letters of formal notice to Poland and Hungary, three diplomats and EU officials told Reuters. Two others said the Czech Republic was also on the list. This would mark a sharp escalation of the internal EU disputes over migration. Such letters are the first step in the so-called infringement procedures the Commission can open against EU states for failing to meet their legal obligations.”
Terror Financing
Okaz: Kuwaiti Government Faces Demands To Combat The Financing Of Terrorism
“A number of Kuwaiti activists called on their government to tackle the issue of the financing of extremism and terrorism. They also urged it to fulfill its duty to stop the activities of known groups which finance and support militant groups that fuel sectarian strife in the region and carry out terrorist acts. They mentioned political Islamic groups, in particular, such as the Muslim Brotherhood and banned organizations such as Al-Qaeda, Al-Nusra, ISIS, and other similar groups. In a statement issued on Monday, the activists called on the Kuwaiti authorities to be vigilant and rethink their lenient policies towards individuals and groups linked to extremist organizations which “advocate sectarian and religious polarization aimed at destroying the foundations of the civil state in Kuwait.” The statement also urged the government to control ‘charitable’ fund-raising campaigns, which are one facet of terrorist financing.
Almaghrib Today: Algeria: Arrest Of Terrorists In Possession Of 200,000 Euros
“The operation carried out by the Algerian army on Sunday in Ali Mendjeli, a city in the province of Constantine, situated in eastern Algeria, once again raised questions about the source and purpose of terror financing. This comes after Algerian security forces captured three dangerous extremists belonging to ISIS along with three of their aides. Security forces found in their possession over 200k euros. It is not the first time in which Algerian armed forces have found huge sums of money in the hands of extremists. Security observers in Algeria agree that local extremists in Algeria are being funded by extremist organizations active in the Maghreb and Sahel-Saharan countries, which rely on ransom payments.”
Alarab: Charities Accused Of Providing Material And Moral Support To Terrorist Organizations
“Over the years, Arab governments have come to realize that some charities play dual roles. Documented security and intelligence reports have demonstrated a link between funding provided to terrorist groups and numerous fundamentalist parties and associations that are perceived as doing good and seeking to serve the people. The strategy of such charities to obtain large sums of money depends on the growing popular sympathy towards them, and their success in convincing both the common people and the rich that they offer the best way to apply the literal meaning of “social solidarity.” After some governments placed the political parties’ budgets under strict scrutiny, NGOs became the leading source for pumping money into political parties and militant groups. What reinforced the negative image and aspersions cast towards these NGOs is that they did not disclose their funding sources and end-user beneficiaries to authorities. In addition, they refuse to abandon the banner of Islam in their charitable and volunteer work. Some associations in Egypt have even called themselves “legitimate”, added new guidelines regarding financial donations and deemed themselves to be carrying out “Jihad for the sake of Allah.”
Muslim Brotherhood
Elakhbary: Source: Muslim Brotherhood Exploits British Human Rights Organizations To Obtain Funds
“Amjad Taha, the regional head of the British Middle-East Center for Studies and Research, said that the groups that raise funds by exploiting human rights organizations in the UK are the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic Relief Organization (IRO). He pointed out that the United Kingdom is reviewing its current policies. According to Taha, Britain is suing the IRO for allegedly collecting monetary aid for Gaza, when in fact, the money went to support the campaign of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and to finance terrorists in the Sinai.”
Itfarrag News: Egyptian Lawyer Calls For Seizure Of Al-Qaradawi Funds In Banks
“Lawyer Dr. Samir Sabry filed an urgent memorandum to the Supreme State Security Prosecution and Egypt’s Public Funds Prosecution concerning Brotherhood leader, Yusuf al-Qaradawi. In his memo, Sabry claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood Asset Freeze Committee has revealed during its probes into properties and assets owned by al-Qaradawi that he has roughly $40 million in one of his bank account. In addition, he has 10 other bank accounts in Islamic and foreign banks. At the end of his memorandum, Sabry requested the confiscation and tracking down of all these funds to compensate the families of victims and those injured in terrorist operations. In addition, he demanded the use of these funds as compensation for the material damage and heavy losses sustained by these terror operations.”


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