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Reston, VA Woman Among 3 Arrested for Funding Terrorist Group
ABC News ^ | 7/23/14

Posted on 07/23/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT by cocomac

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - A Reston, Virginia resident is among three that have been arrested for funding an overseas terrorist group that partners with al-Qa'ida, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The suspects are accused of providing material support including money to al-Shabaab, a "designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia," DOJ officials said in a statement.

In addition to the three arrested, officials said there are two more suspects being sought in Kenya and Somalia.

Officials on Wednesday arrested Muna Osman Jama, 34, in her home in Reston.

Also arrested were Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, at her home in Kent, Washington; and Farhia Hassan at her home in the Netherlands.

The two additional fugitives being sought are Fardowsa Jama Mohamed in Kenya and Barira Hassan Abdullahi in Somalia.

In 2008, the U.S. government designated al-Shabaab as a foreign terrorist organization, and in February 2012, the leaders of al-Shabaab and the terrorist group al-Qa’ida publicly announced the merger of the two groups.

According to court records, Jama and Dhirane were the leaders of an al-Shabaab fundraising conspiracy operating in the U.S., Kenya, the Netherlands, Somalia and elsewhere.

Jama and Dhirane allegedly directed a network composed primarily of women who provided monthly payments that were coordinated, facilitated and tracked by the defendants to their conduits in Kenya and Somalia.

According to court records, Jama was principally responsible for sending money to Kenya through her conduit, defendant Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, while Dhirane was primarily responsible for sending money to Somalia through her conduit, defendant Barira Hassan Abdullahi.

Records indicate the defendants would refer to the money they sent overseas as “living expenses,” and they repeatedly used code words such as “orphans” and “brothers in the mountains” to refer to al-Shabaab fighters, and “camels” to refer to trucks needed by al-Shabaab.

The money transfers often were broken down into small amounts as low as $50 or $100, and the funds were intended for use by al-Shabaab insurgents operating in Somalia, DOJ officials said.

If convicted, each defendant faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison on each count in the indictment.

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; fairfaxcounty; jihadinamerica; muslimwomen; terrorist; virginia

1 posted on 07/23/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT by cocomac
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To: cocomac

Maybe she thought al Shabaab was a 1960s singing group...

2 posted on 07/23/2014 12:19:34 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: cocomac

She lived in Northern, VA? No news here folks, keep moving along ...

3 posted on 07/23/2014 12:45:51 PM PDT by 11th_VA (Negotiating with Democrats is like negotiating with Hamas)
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To: WayneS

Hey, I remember them! Didn’t they have a deep voiced singer named Bowser?

4 posted on 07/23/2014 12:59:52 PM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: ExTxMarine

That’s them!

5 posted on 07/23/2014 1:03:36 PM PDT by WayneS (Don't blame me, I voted for Kodos.)
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To: cocomac

I don’t understand. Barry funds terrorist groups. Is that wrong?

6 posted on 07/23/2014 1:16:55 PM PDT by Old Yeller (Truth is the enemy of our dysfunctional government.)
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To: Old Yeller

Having “lived” there for 30+ years, I can assure you that there are tens of thousands of moozlums around the WDC area who likely are doing similar things. WDC is one very sick place.

7 posted on 07/23/2014 2:26:37 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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