President Obama’s visit to South America could help focus attention on Iranian-Venezuelan terror collaboration, according to Roger Noriega, former Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs under President George W. Bush.
Last August, Noriega writes, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted senior leaders of Hizballah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) at a secret summit in Caracas. Those present included Hamas Supreme Leader Khaled Meshaal; PIJ Secretary-General Ramadan Abdullah Shallah; and Hizballah’s chief of operations, whose name is kept secret.
A former U.S. diplomat says that two Iranian terrorist trainers are on Margarita Island in Venezuela instructing operatives from around the region. Radical Muslims from Colombia and Venezuela receive spiritual training at a cultural center in Caracas named after the Ayatollah Khomeini and 19th-century South American revolutionary Simon Bolivar. Some “are dispatched to Qom, Iran, for Islamic studies,” Noriega writes. The most fervent recruits in Qom “are given weapons and explosives training and are returned home as ‘sleeper’ agents.”
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CAIR Officials Sought Gaddafi Money –IPT News
Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), asked Muammar Gaddafi to underwrite CAIR’s efforts in the United States during a September 2009 audience with the Libyan dictator.
According to an account of the meeting in a Libyan news website, Awad was joined by two other leading CAIR officials in praising Gaddafi’s leadership and asking him to help underwrite a program to distribute 1 million copies of the Quran to government officials and the general public in America and to help start up a new foundation Awad was trying to launch.
Voice of America Features CAIR’s 100,000 Qurans Campaign – Islamic centers urged to sponsor hundreds of copies of the Quran
The account was published in Arabic by Libyalive.net, and was translated by the Investigative Project on Terrorism. Libyalive.net describes itself as “an independent Libyan electronic newspaper,” but the story about Gaddafi’s visit is attributed to the Jamahiriya News Agency, Libya’s official state news service.
Awad’s pleas to Gaddafi’s generosity came after the Libyan leader left United Nations observers slack jawed at his rambling, 100-minute speech to the General Assembly.
Now, after Gaddafi started killing his own people as he tries to fend off a popular uprising, Awad and CAIR have denounced him as a madman. They have organized rallies and news conferences demanding that violence against Libyan civilians by Gaddafi’s forces stop.
“Join us to support the people of Libya against a dictatorship,” a February 24 release from CAIR’s Chicago chapter said.
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Our attacks have no clear goal, no exit strategy, and nothing but mission creep.
A female war photographer from The New York Times revealed tonight how she was repeatedly sexually assaulted during her nightmare hostage ordeal in Libya.
Lynsey Addario was one of four Times journalists have now been released after being held captive by pro-Gaddafi forces. During their six-day detainment, the Americans were beaten and threatened with being decapitated and shot.
Miss Addario, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer, gave a harrowing account of her brutal treatment at the hands of their Libyan captors in an interview given just hours after her release.
After she and her colleagues were hauled out of a car at a checkpoint near the eastern city of Ajdabiya, one of the Libyans punched her in the face and laughed at her. “Then I started crying and he was laughing more,” she told the Times.
One man grabbed her breasts – the start of a pattern of sexual harassment she endured over the ensuing 48 hours.
‘There was a lot of groping,’ she said. ‘Every man who came in contact with us basically felt every inch of my body short of what was under my clothes.’
As she was being driven away from Ajdabiya, she said another of her captors stroked her head and told her repeatedly that she was going to be killed.
‘He was caressing my head in this sick way, this tender way, saying, “You’re going to die tonight. You’re going to die tonight”,‘ she added.
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