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

Rescued Brahminy kite turned over to DENR

first_imgHowever, she stressed, “Those caught hunting, domesticating and killing this bird will still be penalized.” ILOILO City – A rescued Brahminy kite, locally known as dapay, was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Community ENR Office-Barotac Nuevo in  the municipal hall of Bingawan, Iloilo. The animal was captured by a certain “Boknoy”” on Sunday, May 3. Perhaps this was because of the enhanced community quarantine; less motor vehicles were moving around and polluting the air, said Palabrica. “Imprisonment and a fine of not more than P2,000 sa madakpan,” he said. Onlookers make this rescued Brahminy kite or dapay in Bingawan, Iloilo uncomfortable. The dapay was turned over to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN According to Reyzyl Joy Almendrajelo, forest technician of DENR Region 6, the bird is listed under the International Union for Conservation of Nature Red List as “less concerned.” When fishing over water, they may sometimes land in the water, but manage to swim and take off without much trouble./PN The bird was temporarily placed inside a chicken cage made of bamboo in the residence of Remalonso Eulalio in Barangay Poblacion, Bingawan. They fed the bird.center_img DENR will be assessing the bird’s health. If it is in good state, it would be released to its natural habitat. The last time he saw a dapay was way back in 1989, according to Palabrica. He was then a Grade 6 pupil. Mayor Palabrica told Panay News the municipality of Bingawan was declared a Bird Sanctuary Municipality and they have ordinances that penalize anyone hunting, killing or domesticating birds. Espada posted on social media the capture. “Diri ako nagtapos sang elementarya sa Bingawan. Sang gamay ako may makita ko galupad-lupad nga dapay from time to time,” Palabrica said.That a Brahminy kite had been sighted in Bingawan indicated that the town’s air quality was becoming better, he added. The Brahminy kite is primarily a scavenger, feeding mainly on dead fish and crabs, especially in wetlands and marshland, but occasionally hunts live prey such as hares and bats. Bingawwan mayor Mark Palabrica, together with Geronimo Espada Jr., turned over the bird on Monday.last_img read more

Elite Club coaches to participate in capacity-building sessions with Jaguars head coach

first_imgAS the newly-appointed Golden Jaguars’ head coach, Márcio Máximo, hits the ground running preparing the Guyana-based Golden Jaguars for the upcoming CONCACAF Nations League (CNL), the Elite Coaches are scheduled to benefit from his interaction with the team from today.This initiative is geared towards building capacity of the local coaches where they will have an opportunity to observe the sessions and ask questions as necessary.The schedule for the coaches’ attendance is as follows: Monday, August 26 and Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 16:00hrs at the Den Amstel FC, Guyana Police Force FC and Victoria Kings FC.Tuesday, August 27 and Friday, August, 2019, at 16:00hrs at the Buxton United FC, Fruta Conquerors FC and Ann’s Grove United FC.Wednesday, August 28, 2019, at 16:00hrs and Saturday, August 31, 2019, at 8:00hrs at the Santos FC Milerock FC, Western Tigers FC and the Guyana Defence Force FC respectively will be included as soon as coaches are appointed.A 31-man Guyana-based provisional squad is in training at the GFF’s National Training Centre, Providence for the CNL. Guyana’s first match is scheduled for September 6 against Aruba in Curacao.Guyana will play three home and three away matches as follows: September 6, Aruba vs Guyana in CuracaoOctober 9 – Guyana vs Jamaica in Guyana. October 11: Antigua & Barbuda vs Guyana in AntiguaOctober 14 – Guyana vs Antigua in GuyanaNovember 15 – Guyana vs Aruba in Guyana.November 18: Jamaica vs Guyana in Jamaicalast_img read more

Lewiston Man Arrested After Crashing Into a Power Pole

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisA 59–year–old Lewiston man was arrested after he crashed into a power pole while driving intoxicated Wednesday night.According to the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Office, the Lewiston Fire Department, and EMS responded to the crash scene around 8:52 pm on county road 612 near cedar street in Albert Township.When the sheriff’s office, and first responders arrived to the crash, they discovered the 59–year–old man with a high blood alcohol level.There were no injuries during the crash. The Lewiston man is currently lodged at the Montmorency County Jail.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: arrest, Lewiston, Lewiston Fire Department, Montmorency County Jail, Montmorency County Sheriff’s OfficeContinue ReadingPrevious United Way of Northeast Michigan in Search for VolunteersNext Boat Show Brings Boat Lovers to Northern Lights Arenalast_img read more