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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Activist turned extremist suicide bomber, US says, Aafia Siddiqui tied to Al Qaeda

Aafia Siddiqui Terrorist in Hiding; Federal Prosecutors in New York alleged that Siddiqui's activism had become extremism. US officials say that the 36-year-old mother of three became an Al Qaeda operative who ended up in Afghanistan and attacked US soldiers who had come to interrogate her.

US officials say Aafia Siddiqui eluded them until last month when she was arrested with an unidentified teenage boy in Ghazni, Afghanistan. Local police caught the two outside the provincial governor's compound with chemicals, maps, and documents on explosives, according to court papers. "They were here for suicide bombing," an Afghan official in Ghazni told the Globe in a telephone interview last week. "Both of them were looking like they were prepared for suicide."

In 1991, after transferring from the University of Houston, Siddiqui arrived at MIT, wearing Western clothes but covering her hair with a scarf in the Muslim tradition. She quickly honed her activist skills, using the Internet and delivering passionate appeals to raise funds for Islamic causes. In one instance, she organized financial sponsorships for Muslim widows and orphans in Bosnia. "Kindly fill the pledge form and return to Al-Kifah," she directed a group of potential donors in an e-mail. The message appears to refer to the Al-Kifah Refugee Center in Brooklyn, which the Justice Department has accused of diverting charitable funds to militants of al-Qaeda.

Local Service Center, Alkifah Center, a Den of Terrorists.
People in the neighborhood who remember Alkifah Center say it appeared to be a shoestring operation, although court papers suggest that tens of thousands of dollars flowed through its bank accounts in its heyday in the late 1980's and early 1990's.

It was this ramshackle office that the Government says evolved into the American outpost of Mr. bin Laden's international terrorist organization. Federal charges relating to the embassy bombings in Africa assert that his group ''grew out of'' an organization that had offices in Afghanistan and Pakistan and, after 1989, in the United States. Specifically, the Government said, the network's connection to the United States evolved from Alkifah Center.

The center was set up by Mustafa Shalabi, an Egyptian immigrant. As his former neighbors recall him, Mr. Shalabi was infused with the same religious fervor for the Afghan cause that galvanized many young Muslims who regarded it as a holy war to liberate a Muslim country from Communist domination.

One of those who answered the call to fight in Afghanistan was Mahmud Abouhalima, who was active in militant Islamic movements in his native Egypt before moving to West Germany in 1981 and to New York four years later. Mr. Abouhalima would later become a well-known figure in New York as one of the men accused in the World Trade Center bombing. Shortly after his arrest in that case, he met with Government investigators without his lawyer and provided a detailed account of Alkifah Refugee Center and its internecine rivalries.
A previous photo was posted that was mislabeled as Aafia Siddiqui, it was in fact her sister Dr. Fowzia Siddiqui who appears to have no connection to her sisters arrest. The source of the mislabled photo was the LA Times, see Retraction by the LA Times...CLICK HERE
And by the way I have a line on you, nussrah 08.12.08 - 1:14 pm

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Sarasota Fl

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