Thursday, August 16, 2007

War On Terror

Home Grown Terror - a very simple primer on how terror cells are forming in the US

Allegations of embezzlement, abuse and hate speech roil a Washington mosque.

The fireworks began earlier this year when federal prosecutors filed a criminal complaint against the recently ousted business manager of the mosque, Farzad Darui. A later five-count indictment charged that Durui, an Iranian native who formerly served as the mosque’s security chief, embezzled more than $430,000 in five years—in part by altering checks and diverting mosque funds to corporate entities he controlled.

This week, Darui returned fire. He claimed in papers filed in federal court in the District of Columbia that the charges against him had been manufactured by unnamed Saudi government officials as part of a scheme to oust him from his post. Their goal, Darui maintains, was to claim control over the mosque after Darui resisted Saudi efforts to have “radical” Wahhabi figures deliver messages of intolerance there.

The View from Afghanistan
- The border is hot. the Captain noted problems with their Pakistani counterparts who man BCPs, Border Check Points, are possibly taking bribes or at least turning their backs as the Taliban come across. He also says that, they are supposed to be coordinating, but when they call their posts, they are slow or don't answer at all.

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