ANKARA, Turkey — The Turkish Islamic charity that organized the relief flotilla boarded in a deadly Israeli raid has been accused of supporting radical Islamic groups including Hamas. The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, was established in 1995 during the Bosnia war, gradually expanding operations to more than 100 countries.
Its efforts have included taking humanitarian aid such as food and drinking water to Hurricane Katrina survivors in the United States and sponsoring cataract surgery in Africa, spokesman Izzet Sahin told The Associated Press. Some 400 of the 600 passengers on board the main ship carrying the activists were from Turkey, mostly members of IHH. Most of those killed were Turkish, officials said. Israeli officials have said the charity is merely a front and that the group is has links to al-Qaida and Hamas, more from this source.....
According to a report by the Israeli based Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center, IHH is a “radical Islamic Organization with an anti-Western orientation.” Written by Jonathan Fighel, the report says “besides its legitimate philanthropic activities, it supports radical Islamic networks, including Hamas, and that at least in the past, even global jihad networks.”
U.S. Court documents revealed IHH played “an important role” in the Millennium bomb plot. The Millennium bomb plot was foiled following the arrest of Ahmed Ressam who had planned to bomb the Los Angeles International Airport on Jan 1st 2000, more from this source......
Khalil Deek, his photo above, and Adam Gadahn were members of an al-Qaeda sleeper cell based in Orange County with links to the GIA, an Algerian militant group associated with al-Qaeda, and had reportedly been under investigation by US intelligence since the late 1980s.
Khalil Deek and Hisham Diab formed a charity front called Charity Without Borders that Adam Gadahn worked for (this group received a $75,000 state grant in 1997 to distribute fliers encouraging the recycling of used motor oil). Intelligence reports that Khalil Deek als had connections to a militant cell based in Montreal, Canada that includes Ahmed Ressam.
Kahil Deek also appears to work in Bosnia for the IHH charity suspected of funneling weapons and new recruits to the Mujaheddin fighting there (see Early 1990s). In late 1999, Deek will be captured overseas for participation in a planned millennium bombing in Jordan in conjunction with the LAX bombing. Khalil Deek’s name and phone number is found in Ahmed Ressam’s telephone book. Ressam knew Deek from bin Laden training camps in Afghanistan. Both of them, like most of Ressam’s group, have links to the GIA, an Algerian militant group associated with al-Qaeda.
Jordanian officials successfully uncover an al-Qaeda Millennium plot to blow up the Radisson Hotel in Amman, Jordan, and other sites on January 1, 2000. Counterterrorism expert Rita Katz will later say Khalil Deek was a suspected mastermind of Ressam’s Millennium bomb plot at Los Angeles Airport, too.
A Jordanian military court will initially convict 22 of them for participating in planned attacks, sentencing six of them to death, although there will be numerous appeals (see April 2000 and After). In addition to bombing the Radisson Hotel around the start of the millennium, the plan calls for suicide bombings on two border crossings with Israel and a Christian baptism site. Further attacks in Jordan are planned for later. The plotters had already stockpiled the equivalent of 16 tons of TNT, enough to flatten “entire neighborhoods.” [New York Times, 1/15/2001] Key alleged plotters include:
1). Raed Hijazi, a US citizen who is part of a Boston al-Qaeda cell (see June 1995-Early 1999). He will be arrested and convicted in late 2000 (see September 2000 and October 2000). [New York Times, 1/15/2001]
2). Khalid Deek, who is also a US citizen and part of an Anaheim, California al-Qaeda cell. He will be arrested in Pakistan and deported to Jordan, but strangely he will released without going to trial.
3). Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. He will later be a notorious figure in the Iraq war starting in 2003. [Washington Post, 10/3/2004]
4). Luai Sakra. The Washington Post will later say he “played a role” in the plot, though he is never charged for it. Sakra apparently is a CIA informant before 9/11, perhaps starting in 2000 (see 2000). [Washington Post, 2/20/2006]
Following this weekend's tragic Israeli raid on a flotilla of vessels sponsored by the Turkish Muslim charitable group Insani Yardim Vakfi (IHH), which was attempting to break the ongoing blockade on Gaza, the group has jumped into the headlines. During the trial of attempted Millennium bomber Ahmed Ressam, noted French counterterrorism magistrate Jean-Louis Bruguiere took the stand and testified that IHH had played “[a]n important role” in Ressam's bomb plot targeting LAX. Under repeated questioning, Bruguiere insisted that “[t]here’s a rather close relation”: "The IHH is an NGO, but it was kind of a type of cover-up… in order to obtain forged documents and also to obtain different forms of infiltration for Mujahideen in combat. And also to go and gather [recruit] these Mujahideens. And finally, one of the last responsibilities that they had was also to be implicated or involved in weapons trafficking."
The Istanbul-based Foundation for Human Rights and Freedoms and Humanitarian Relief, known by its Turkish acronym IHH, was established in 1995 during the Bosnia war, gradually expanding operations to more than 100 countries. Israeli officials have said the charity is merely a front and that the group is has links to al-Qaida and Hamas. Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon said in a press conference on Monday that: “the armada of hate and violence in support of Hamas terror organization was a premeditated and outrageous provocation. “The organizers are well-known for their ties with global jihad, al-Qaida and Hamas. They have a history of arms smuggling and deadly terror.
Bill Warner Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM