Wednesday, July 31, 2019

The IPT Terrorism Newsletter - July 31, 2019

July 31, 2019


Domestic Terrorism

Sacramento Judge Vacates Conviction in 13-year-old Lodi Terror Case of Hamid Hayat
Case Update: US v. Hayat

July 31, 2019
On July 30, 2019, a federal judge vacated Hamid Hayat's conviction and sentence because of ineffective defense representation by his original defense attorney. The order means Hayat's appellate attorneys can seek his immediate release from a federal prison in Phoenix, where he had been serving his 24-year sentence.

US v. Mohamed, et ano.

July 29, 2019
[DAZ] Ahmed Mahad Mohamed and Abdi Yemani Hussein were arrested for conspiring to providing material support to ISIS. Both men desired to travel overseas to fight on behalf of ISIS or to conduct an attack within the United States if they were unable to travel. Ultimately, the defendants purchased airline tickets to travel to Egypt, with the intention to travel on to Sinai and join ISIS. FBI agents arrested Mohamed and Hussein after they checked in for their flight at the Tucson International Airport in Arizona. According to court documents, both defendants came to the United States as refugees from Somalia. At the time of their arrest, Mohamed had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a refugee.

ISIS Warns of Terror Strikes in San Francisco, New York, London

June 30, 2019
The ISIS terrorist organization is threatening to launch new attacks in San Francisco, New York, and London, according to new warning messages posted on the group's social media channels.The messages, carried across the internet via the Telegram networking website, feature the three cities and call for adherents of the terror group's radical ideology to "kill them all," according to copies of the warnings obtained by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI, a group that monitors jihadi networks.

International Terrorism

Kabul Attack: 20 Killed, 50 Injured in Bombing and Gun Battle at Politician's Office

July 28, 2019
At least 20 people were killed and 50 injured in Afghanistan's capital Kabul on Sunday in a suicide bombing and gun battle at vice presidential candidate Amrullah Saleh's office, the government said in a statement on Monday. Saleh, a running mate of Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, was slightly injured in the attack. Afghan forces killed three militants who entered Saleh's four-storey office after a suicide bomber blew himself up during rush hour, said the interior ministry.

Senior Hamas Operative Living in Britain Recently Participated in a Hamas Delegation to Russia

July 28, 2019
A Hamas delegation headed by Musa Abu Marzouq, a member of the Hamas political bureau, visited Russia, according to a July 28 report by the Meir Amit Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center (ITIC). The delegation met with Mikhail Bogdanov, deputy Russian foreign minister and the Russian presidential representative for the Middle East and Africa. Also a member of the delegation was Muhammad Sawalha, a senior Hamas operative who lives in London, where he collaborates with the Muslim Brotherhood (Britain is the European center of their activities). Hamas tries to conceal or at least downplay Muhammad Sawalha's activities to keep the British authorities from making life difficult for him. So far Britain has not taken effective steps to prevent Muhammad Sawalha from functioning as a Hamas operative.

Boko Haram Fighters Kill Dozens at Funeral in Nigeria

July 27, 2019
More than 60 mourners leaving a funeral in north-east Nigeria have been killed by the militant group Boko Haram, according to Nigerian officials and other sources in the area.Ten years after the group's founder, Mohammed Yusuf, was murdered in police custody after a crackdown on his followers, Boko Haram's factions are continuing to wage a bloody insurgency against the Nigerian security forces and civilians, defying government attempts to destroy the group. In the latest attack, a number of men were walking back to their village after the funeral prayers for a relative when armed men turned up on motorcycles and opened fire, said the head of the Borno Hunters Association, Bunu Bukar. The village is to the north of Maiduguri, Borno's state capital, in the area of Nganzai.

Terrorist Designations

Treasury Designates Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif for Acting for the Supreme Leader of Iran

July 31, 2019
The U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) took action Wednesday against the Iranian regime's Foreign Minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif (Javad Zarif), pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13876 because Zarif acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran. On June 24, 2019, the President issued E.O. 13876 imposing sanctions on the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Supreme Leader's Office (SLO), and authorizing sanctions on others associated with the Supreme Leader or the SLO. Concurrently, Treasury added the Supreme Leader of Iran, Ali Husseini Khamenei, to OFAC's List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) under this new authority.
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