Long Island Man’s Alleged al Qaeda Recruiters Charged

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Federal prosecutors Tuesday unsealed a five-year-old criminal complaint accusing two Yemeni nationals of fighting for al Qaeda and helping Long Island-native Bryant Neal Vinas join the terrorist group in 2008.Saddiq Al-Abbadi, also known as Sufiyan al-Yemeni, and Ali Alivi, who also goes by the name Issa al-Yemeni, were both charged with conspiracy to murder United States nationals abroad and providing material support to al Qaeda. The federal complaint has been sealed since April 15, 2009.“There’s no escape from the reach of our law for violent terrorists, especially if they target our military,” Loretta Lynch, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said in a statement.The pair was arrested in Saudi Arabia and brought to the US for trial, but the details of their apprehension and extradition were not available. Alvi appeared in federal court in Brooklyn on Sunday. Al-Abbadi’s first appearance is scheduled for Tuesday.Al-Abbadi and Alivi were both members of al Qaeda when they fought U.S. military forces stationed in Afghanistan, according to the court documents. In March 2008, the men traveled to the tribal areas of Pakistan, where they hoped to train and fight with al Qaeda, according to the federal complaint. It was during that time that they met Vinas and helped him join al Qaeda, court documents state.Credit: Federal Detention LetterVinas, who was raised Roman Catholic in Patchogue, was arrested by Pakistani police in 2008 and brought back to the United States. He has since pleaded guilty to helping the group plan an attack on the Long Island Rail Road. Vinas is one of four Long Islanders federal authorities have linked to al Qaeda: two were arrested before traveling abroad, and another, Samir Khan, was never indicted but he was killed in a drone strike in Yemen.It has been widely reported that Vinas, who still has yet to be sentenced, has been cooperating with authorities since 2008. The federal complaint is largely built on testimony from an unnamed cooperating witness who traveled to Pakistan in 2007 intending to join al Qaeda but was initially rebuffed by the organization. But Vinas is named in a federal detention letter associated with the case.In December 2007, the unnamed witness was taken to an al-Qaeda safe house in South Waziristan and vetted for admission, according to court documents. Alvi was also in attendance. An al-Qaeda leader suspected that the witness was a spy and refused his request to join the group.In March 2008, the federal government’s witness was staying at the same house with both Alvi and Al-Abbadi and learned that they were both members of al Qaeda, according to court documents. Al-Abbadi allegedly boasted about his time on the battlefield to the witness, displaying a scar and playing a video that showed him celebrating along with other fighters after a “successful attack,” the documents state.The two men and the witness apparently bonded. With the pair’s help, the witness had gained entry into al Qaeda, according to court documents. Vinas is the only American named in court documents who joined al Qaeda.During this time, Al-Abbadi and Alvi traveled from Pakistan to Afghanistan to conduct attacks against US military personnel, according to the complaint. Al-Abbadi is accused of leading a battle against US forces in Paktya Province in May 2008. A U.S. Army Ranger was killed and several others were wounded in the battle.Alvi eventually grew dissatisfied with al Qaeda senior leadership and left to join the Taliban. The facts of their arrest are still unclear.last_img read more

England and Scotland to defy FIFA poppy ban

first_img(REUTERS)-England and Scotland are planning to defy a FIFA ban on players wearing poppies during their World Cup qualifier on Nov. 11, their Football Associations said yesterday.FIFA rules forbid players from wearing anything that can be perceived as a political statement and England and Scotland could be punished if they do not comply.“The poppy is an important symbol of remembrance and we do not believe it represents a political, religious or commercial message, nor does it relate to any one historical event,” the English FA tweeted.“In keeping with the position agreed with FIFA back in 2011 and in what we believe is in accordance with Law 4, para 4, the FA intends to pay appropriate tribute to those who have made the ultimate sacrifice by having the England team wear black armbands bearing poppies in our fixture on Armistice Day.”The Scottish FA made a similar statement.“We intend to pay appropriate tribute by having the Scotland national team wear black armbands bearing poppies,” it said.FIFA earlier confirmed its position on the issue.“FIFA fully respects the significance of commemorating Remembrance Day on 11 November each year,” it said in a statement.“The Laws of the Game are overseen by the International Football Association Board and applicable to all 211 member associations. The relevant law clearly states that the players equipment should not carry any political, religious or commercial messages.”British Prime Minister Theresa May strongly criticised FIFA earlier yesterday.“I think the stance that’s been taken by FIFA is utterly outrageous,” May said in parliament.“Our football players want to recognise and respect those who have given their lives for our safety and security. I think it is absolutely right that they should be able to do so.”last_img read more

Authentic Gaming and Foxwoods strike landmark live casino partnership

first_img MoneyMatrix boosts wire transfer options by integrating Klarna’s Sofort August 24, 2020 Submit Related Articles Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Live casino operator Authentic Gaming has struck up a major partnership with Foxwoods Resort Casino to live-stream roulette games from its casino floor to online players.  The deal marks the first time live casino players in Europe and around the world will be able to access live table games from the floor of a US land-based casino via the supplier’s Authentic Roulette product.Foxwoods is North America’s largest resort casino, and the fifth largest in the world, featuring over 9 million square feet of gaming, dining, hotel, shopping and entertainment spaces.The first table to go live will be a single zero, European roulette table streamed live from the Club Newport VIP room at the Grand Pequot Casino; one of several gaming floors located within the resort.Authentic Roulette allows land-based operators to live stream games from roulette tables located on their gaming floors to an unlimited number of online players via the supplier’s network of B2B clients, including Unibet, LeoVegas, MrGreen, NYX Gaming Group, EveryMatrix and Bethard Group.The partnership will also give online operators the chance to offer exclusive promotions to their customers, such as trips to Foxwoods that include shopping sprees and nights at the casino.Jonas Delin, CEO of Authentic Gaming, said: “This is a breakthrough deal for us and the wider online gambling industry. It marks the very first time any live casino game has been streamed from the floor of a US casino to European players. “Foxwoods Resort Casino is the largest casino complex in the US, offering thousands of slots and several hundred table games in addition to world renowned restaurants and nightclubs. I’m sure players will be drawn to games streamed from Foxwoods, porting them right to the heart of the action.”Seth Young, Director of Online Gaming at Foxwoods Resort Casino, said: “We are thrilled to be the first US casino to stream live to online players in Europe and around the world. This is a fantastic opportunity for Foxwoods to extend its brand internationally, and to show the world what it means to experience Foxwoods hospitality.” Share StumbleUpon Share Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Golf tournament to play through Valencia again

first_imgThe agreement between AT&T and the Valencia Country Club, where the Champion’s Classic has been hosted since 2001, expires next year. “We won’t get into 2009 until we have further discussions with the PGA,” Fitzgerald said. But Fitzgerald said conditions of the Valencia course, as well as the support of the community, were tough for other contenders to match. “I hope you know how good this course is,” Fitzgerald said. “I would stack this course up against any other professional course.” Jim Fitzsimmons, general manager of Valencia Country Club, said the club has developed a solid relationship with tour organizers and players. “We have built camaraderie between the players and the members, and we are excited to think they will be here for another year,” Fitzsimmons said. Fitzsimmons noted that the course hosted the PGA’s Nissan Open in 1998 and would be open to another Professional Golf Association event, but he said the Champion’s event is a nice fit for now. “The PGA, that’s always of interest, but we have settled into a comfortable relationship with the Champion’s event,” Fitzsimmons said. “It really feels like family.” Mayor Marsha McLean was admittedly excited about the tour’s return and its economic potential for the city. The tour generated $8.3million for the city last year, and it could bring in even more this year. “We are always striving to be a destination city,” McLean said. “We couldn’t be happier to be chosen again as the host city for such a prestigious event.” But the real winners of the decision will be the local charities who reap the fundraising benefits of the pro-am tournament. Each amateur foursome pays $7,000 for the opportunity to play with a professional. This year’s tour includes 16-time PGA champ Mark Morae, as well as Tom Kite, defending his 2006 title. They are vying for this year’s title and top prize of $240,000. Competitive play starts today and continues through Sunday. [email protected] (661)257-5254160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! VALENCIA – Impressed by the pristine golf course, top-notch staff and supportive community, AT&T Champion’s Classic officials announced Thursday the senior golf event will return to Santa Clarita in 2008. No other course really had a chance, said Brian Fitzgerald, executive director of the Champion’s Classic. “I firmly believe this course is in the top two or three clubs in the Champion’s tour,” Fitzgerald said. “This course is exactly what we are looking for.” last_img read more

10 months agoNuno upbeat in Liverpool defeat: Wolves can’t think about table

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Nuno upbeat in Liverpool defeat: Wolves can’t think about tableby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was frustrated after their 2-0 defeat at home to Liverpool.Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk scored for the Reds as they stay top of the table for Christmas.Nuno lamented, “We started the game well, chances for both teams. We didn’t maintain the consistency through the game. The start of the second half is not good. Better decisions or composure we could have harmed a very good team.”The boys worked very hard and it’s difficult to play against Liverpool especially when they’re in front.”We deserved one goal at least. We have to now rest.”I’m happy because of the way we work and pass the moments football gives. We are consistent – the table doesn’t mean anything.” last_img read more

Georgia Drops Cool “Battle Hymn Of The Bulldog Nation” Hype Video

first_imggeorgia vs. vanderbilt predictiongeorgia new battle hymn hype videoGeorgia’s 2016 season is less than three months away, and fans are already amped for the start of the Kirby Smart era. Tuesday, the school released a short hype video dedicated to the tradition of the program, set to the school’s fight song, Glory, Glory. If you’re craving UGA content this offseason, it’s a good holdover. #TuesdayTradition || The Battle Hymn of the Bulldog Nation #GloryGlory#CommitToTheGhttps://t.co/25z0D2CANq— Georgia Football (@FootballUGA) June 8, 2016Georgia takes on North Carolina on Saturday, September 3.last_img read more

Bills Wide Receiver Stevie Johnson Suffers Hamstring Injury

It’s confirmed. Buffalo Bills’ wide receiver, Stevie Johnson, suffered an injury in practice Friday morning while running a route on the field.Johnson was running full speed and immediately went to the ground holding his left hamstring. He had to be helped off the field, escorted by trainers to the locker room.Johnson is the Bills’ No. 1 receiver, and although the severity of the injury remains unclear, players going down this close to the regular season is always worrisome.“He’s going to get evaluated, and it’s always tough when those situations happen,” said coach Doug Marrone. “It would be a major concern if we were talking about it during the season. Right now, a veteran player who has proved himself, we’ll just see what the doctors say, it is what it is and we’ll deal with it from there.”Watch the video above to see what the Bills will be missing this season, if Johnson doesn’t return. read more

The Raiders Are Rolling With Historic Inexperience At QB

On Wednesday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders confirmed that history will be made in their playoff game against the Houston Texans Saturday: Rookie quarterback Connor Cook will become the first signal-caller in the Super Bowl era to make his NFL debut in a playoff game.It’s probably not the way Cook wanted to enter the record books. Things rarely go well when a team is forced to use a backup QB, particularly in the playoffs. Since 1966, there have been 86 playoff games where a team’s primary passer1i.e., the quarterback who led the team in dropbacks during the game. wasn’t the same as the team’s usual QB from the regular season;2i.e., the quarterback who led the team in dropbacks during the season. in those games, the team in question scored 21 percent fewer points than their seasonal per-game average, and their passing efficiency (as measured by adjusted net yards per attempt) was 20 percent worse than normal.Now, it being the postseason, you’d expect less offensive output anyway (since good defensive teams tend to make the playoffs). And indeed, teams who have their usual starter also see their performance decline — but only to the tune of 10 percent in points per game, and 12 percent in passing efficiency. The penalty for starting a backup is about double the typical postseason drop-off.3That the typical drop-offs for passing and overall offense are roughly equal lines up with research that shows passing efficiency is far more correlated with offensive success than how a team does in the running game. (Plus, quarterbacks do play their own role in the running game, whether by rushing themselves, by handing off or by opening up the defense with effective passing.)Things get even worse when a rookie backup — like Cook — is called into playoff action. Here’s the subset of those 86 games from above where the backup was in his first NFL season: It’s only an 11-game sample, but offenses led by rookie backups tend to collapse even harder than those directed by stand-ins with some NFL experience. Those teams’ points per game declined by 29 percent and their passing efficiency by 49 percent when compared with their regular-season averages.The good news for Oakland, however, is that the Texans are also dealing with a quarterback crisis of their own. And although the backup QBs in my dataset above tended to play horribly, they still managed to scratch out a victory more than 35 percent of the time — as did rookie backups. So although Cook may be historically inexperienced for a playoff starter, it wouldn’t exactly be inconceivable for the Raiders to pull off the win anyway. read more