(BROOKLYN) Justice Dept Court Report: Federal Jury Convicts U.S. Citizen of Attempting to Provide Material Support to #IslamicState #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.24: The evidence at trial established that in February 2016, the defendant traveled from San Francisco, California, to Northern Africa, with the goal of joining ISIS, a designated foreign terrorist organization. In the months leading up to his travel, the defendant watched ISIS propaganda, including videos glorifying ISIS’s violence, such as “The Flames of War.” The defendant conducted internet searches for, among other things, “how to safely join ISIS,” and reviewed websites related to ISIS recruitment practices, including one titled “How does a Westerner join ISIS? Is there a recruitment or application process?”

#AceDailyNews reports that the defendant travelled from United States to Tunisia in 2016 with the Goal of Crossing into Libya to Join the #IslamicState and earlier today, a federal jury in Brooklyn convicted Bernard Raymond Augustine, a U.S. citizen and California resident, of attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (“ISIS” or “the Islamic State”). The verdict followed a one-week trial before U.S. District Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. When sentenced, Augustine faces up to 20 years in prison.

Augustine also posted numerous statements in support of ISIS and violent extremism on the internet. He posted statements such as “the Islamic State is the true Islam,” “Muslims who leave the west . . . answer the call for the struggle, and march until they are victorious or martyred are the true believers,” and the ISIS caliphate “can’t be established and maintained except through the blood of the mujahideen who practice the true belief.” 

Augustine then purchased a one-way airplane ticket and traveled to Tunisia so that he could present himself as a willing participant in ISIS’s terrorist activity. After arriving in Tunisia, Augustine was detained by local authorities before he could make it to ISIS-controlled territory across the border in Libya. He was subsequently returned to the United States in 2018, where he was brought to the Eastern District of New York for prosecution. 

Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko of the Justice Department’s National Security Division, Acting U.S. Attorney Jacquelyn M. Kasulis for the Eastern District of New York, Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael J. Driscoll of the FBI’s New York Field Office, and Commissioner Dermot F. Shea of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) announced the verdict.

The government’s case is being handled by the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s National Security and Cybercrime Section. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Craig R. Heeren, Josh Hafetz and Jonathan E. Algor are in charge of the prosecution, with assistance provided by Trial Attorneys Phil Viti and George Kraehe of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section. The Justice Department’s Office of International Affairs provided assistance.

#AceNewsDesk report ………Published: Aug.24: 2021:

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(TUNISIA) Truth & Dignity Commission Report: Prosecutors have launched an investigation into allegations of illegal foreign campaign funding and anonymous donations to the Islamist Ennahda political party #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.30: The probes follow President Kais Saied’s dismissal of the prime minister and key Cabinet members, and the 30-day suspension of parliament, which is dominated by Ennahda.

#AceDailyNews says Tunisia launches probe into funding of Ennahda party as investigations have also been opened into the national anti-corruption agency — which is itself suspected of corruption — on July 24th 2020, the Truth and Dignity Commission’s (IVD) final report has finally been published in a special issue….here Official Gazette of the Tunisian Republic created to confront abuses during Tunisia’s decades of autocratic rule July 28, 2021 23:45:

Truth & Dignity Commission Report:

ARAB NEWS: Ennahda and two other political parties are accused of obtaining illegal funding before elections in 2019. The investigation will focus on “the foreign financing and acceptance of funds of unknown origin,” said Mohsen Dali, spokesman for the financial prosecutor’s office.
Rachid Ghannouchi, the Ennahda leader and parliamentary speaker, admitted that his party was a perfect target to blame for Tunisia’s raft of economic, health and other problems.
Ghannouchi conceded that Ennahda, which has been accused of focusing on its internal concerns instead of managing the coronavirus, “needs to review itself, as do other parties.”
The Islamist party has accused the president of carrying out a coup, but the claim has attracted little support in the international community. The US, EU and other world powers have stopped short of condemning Saied’s actions, and instead urged him to rapidly appoint a new prime minister and government.
Saied said he would assume executive power “with the help” of a government whose new leader he would appoint himself. Names of possible candidates circulated on Wednesday after Saied met representatives of civil society.
“President Saied will be very careful in choosing the future head of government, because he wants a trustworthy and loyal person who will adopt the same policies as him,” said political scientist Slaheddine Jourchi. “He is faced with a great challenge — to show Tunisians and the world that he made the right decisions.”
Saied said his actions were necessary to stabilize a country in economic and health crisis, and they have received widespread support among ordinary Tunisians.
Omar Oudherni, a retired army brigadier and security expert, said the president’s moves, coming after a day of nationwide protests, “put an end to the development of anger … This decision calmed the situation and protected the state and citizens, and even the ruling political parties, from the people’s wrath.”

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: July.30: 2021:

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(TUNISIA) JUST IN: Coup Report: On Monday morning, hours after Saied — a political independent — shut down parliament and deployed soldiers around it Ghannouchi waited outside, demanding to be let in as PM is sacked #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.26: Ghannouchi, head of the moderate Islamist Ennahda party which has played a role in successive coalitions, has come to personify Tunisian politics since the 2011 revolution when he returned in triumph from exile to craft a decade of compromises that averted civil strife but frustrated many…..

#AceDailyNews says #COVID19 takes its toll on Tunisia’s Parliament Speaker Rached Ghannouchi head of moderate Islamist Party has quickly emerged as the main opponent of President Kais Saied’s efforts to reshape the country’s politics, branding his dismissal of the government a coup saying l am 80 years old and throughout my life I have fought against volatility,” he said according Telegram Reuters Wire News

Reuters Wire News, [Jul 26, 2021 at 12:44]

It was a consensual version of democracy that as the economy stagnated and its leaders endlessly bickered, soured many Tunisians on the revolution that had brought them new freedoms of speech, assembly and representation.

As protests erupted in January, the government and old parties of parliament like Ennahda bore the brunt of the public’s wrath. That wave of anger finally broke last week as #COVID19 cases spiked.

On Sunday, hours before Saied’s dramatic escalation of his long-running dispute with the political elite, protesters attacked Ennahda offices around the country.

Seen by secular critics as a Trojan horse for hardline Islamism, but by some conservatives as abandoning their cause, Ghannouchi pragmatically steered the party to ensure it stayed a key player, earning the reputation of an ideological chameleon.

“We succeeded in a peaceful revolution. We succeeded in avoiding civil war. We achieved consensus,” he said after parliament approved a democratic constitution in 2014.

It was a far cry from Ghannouchi’s roots in a banned Islamist movement when he was imprisoned twice and then driven into two decades of exile in the West London suburb of Ealing accused of attempting a coup.

While there he honed his ideology, softening its harder edges with democratic ideas and befriending fellow Islamist leader Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey.

When Tunisians rose up against president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in January 2011, Ghannouchi flew home. He landed a week after the autocrat had fled, and was met by an exultant crowd.

Thousands of his supporters filled the terminal, climbed roofs and perched on signposts for a better view, chanting slogans of support, punching the air and sobbing with joy.

As the small greying figure in a red scarf left the building with the throng pressing around him, he took a loudspeaker to exhort them: “Continue your revolution”.

Ennahda won the most seats in Tunisia’s first free election nine months later, the prelude to tense manoeuvring among rival factions with Islamists and secularists increasingly at loggerheads.

As divisions deepened in 2013 and spilled over into the streets, many Tunisians feared the violence that had followed the revolt in neighbouring Libya would break out at home too.

Ghannouchi and secularist president Beji Caid Essebsi agreed a deal to calm the street. It allowed agreement on a new constitution that was greeted upon ratification in parliament with jubilation as rival politicians embraced, weeping, on the floor of the chamber.

But, for some, the compromises rankled.

Opponents of political Islam accused Ghannouchi of turning a blind eye towards the Tunisian jihadists who flocked to join Islamic State in Iraq and Syria and carried out assassinations at home, something he denied.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: July.26: 2021:

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(LIBYA) Press Statement Report: Deportation of families of #IslamicState to Tunisia according the Libya Observer on March.12: 2021: #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.15: The head of the investigations department at the Attorney General’s Office, Al-Siddiq Al-Sour, said that the Tunisian authorities received Thursday three women and five children from the families of ‘ISIS’ members who were in the city of Sirte before its liberation.

Libya deports families of #IslamicState jihadis to Tunisia: ‘In a press statement, Al-Sour said that at the request of the Tunisian authorities, seven women and nine other children will be deported next week’

“Libya deports number of families of ISIS members to Tunisia,” Libya Observer, March 12, 2021 (thanks to Henry):

He also pointed out that Tunisia was refusing from the beginning to accept these women and children, adding that the Attorney General does not object to handing over all wives and children of ‘ISIS’ members, except those accused in cases that are being considered by the Libyan courts.

#AceNewsDesk report …………Published: Mar.15: 2021:

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LIBYA: ‘ Three Consulate Members kidnapped by Military released ‘

#AceNewsReport – Post Update:LIBYA:June.18: Three of 10 staffers kidnapped from Tunisia’s Tripoli consulate by Libyan militia last week have been released, the Tunisian Foreign Ministry said Thursday.

The remaining people are expected to be freed soon. Tunisian authorities earlier announced that a Libyan man they have held, whose freedom was reportedly demanded by the kidnappers, is to be deported.

The 10 staffers were abducted Friday when gunmen took the mission by storm. Negotiations for the liberation of all those held began the same day as the kidnapping, according to a Tunisian Foreign Ministry source.

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TUNISIA: ‘ ENNAHDA ISLAMIST PARTY ACCEPTS DEFEAT IN PARLIAMENTARY ELECTION ‘

#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 28 – After violence on the streets has abated in last few days. Tunisia’s leading Islamist party has accepted defeat in Sunday’s election, a senior Ennahda official said on Monday.

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“We have accepted this result, and congratulate the winner,” party official Lotfi Zitoun said, referring to secular rival Nidaa Tounes. Zitoun said the party reiterated its call for the formation of a unity government, including Ennahda, Reuters reported.

#ANS2014 

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TUNISIA: ‘ SECURITY FORCES KILLED FIVE WOMEN AND A MAN AFTER STAND-OFF WITH ISLAMIST MILITANTS ‘

#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 24 – Tunisian security forces killed five women and a man after a stand-off with an Islamist militant group on the outskirts of Tunis on Friday, Reuters said.

At least two militants and women and children had been holed up in the house in Oeud Ellil, west of Tunis, since Thursday.

In earlier clashes, one police officer was killed when troops surrounded the building.

One militant and five women were killed when troops stormed the house on Friday, an Interior Ministry spokesman said.

He added that at least one of the women had opened fire on security forces with a rifle.

The clash happened two days before a parliamentary election.

#ANS2014 

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TUNISIA: ‘ POLICE CARRY-OUT COUNTER TERRORISM RAIDS IN DEEP SOUTH ‘

#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – October 23 – Tunisian police have carried out two counter-terror operations, capturing two suspected militants in the deep south, the Interior Ministry said, adding that the men were planning attacks.

Tunisian forces arrest militants in pair of operations, bystander shot ahead of elections

Tunisian forces arrest militants in pair of operations, bystander shot ahead of elections

One bystander was killed in the southern town of Kebili during the exchange of fire, AP quoted spokesman Mohammed Ali Aroui as saying on Thursday.

Police have also surrounded a house in Oued Ellil, a suburb of the capital, Tunis, and have exchanged fire with those inside.

There were several injured, according to Aroui.

Tunisia holds parliamentary elections on Sunday to complete its democratic transition.

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#ANS2014 

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‘ Radical Sheik Calls for Murder of US Troops ‘

#AceNewsServices – TUNISIA – September 29 – A radical Tunisian sheik who has called for the murder of U.S. troops abroad and was banned from the United States for supporting the terror group Hamas is scheduled to headline an event on Tuesday at Yale University focusing on Islamic law and civilization, the Washington Free Beacon has learned. 

Sheikh Rachid al-Ghannouchi, the head of Tunisia’s controversial Islamist Ennahda Movement, is scheduled to head a lecture Tuesday afternoon Yale’s Law School, according to the school’s website.

Al-Ghannouchi’s upcoming appearance at the Ivy League school could become controversial given the sheik’s longtime support for radical terror groups and his past calls for Muslims to wage “unceasing war against the Americans.”

Al-Ghannouchi is the leading figure in Tunisia’s previously banned but hugely popular Islamist Ennahda (“Resistance”) political party, which despite being billed as “moderate” by many, has a history of violence inside and outside of Tunisia.

Al-Ghannouchi was a founding trustee and board member of a group that signed onto a notorious2004 fatwa endorsing the murder of U.S. troops in Iraq and has personally urged the Muslim world to “burn and destroy” U.S. interests across the globe.

“There must be no doubt that we will strike anywhere against whoever strikes Iraq,” the sheikh said during a speech in the early 1990s and reported on by Middle East scholar Martin Kramer.

“We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the entire Islamic world,” al-Ghannouchi was quoted as saying. “Muslim youth must be serious in their warning to the Americans that a blow to Iraq will be a license to strike American and Western interests throughout the Islamic world.”

The sheik’s violent rhetoric, radical leanings, and endorsement of Hamas led him to be banned from entering the United States for a time.

#ANS2014

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TUNISIA: ‘ Islamist Party Ennahda Will Not Contest Presidential Election’

AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – September 08 – Tunisia’s main Islamist party, Ennahda, said on Sunday it would not contest a presidential election in November, in the interest of ensuring an inclusive government for all Tunisians.

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Ennahda is one of the two front-runners to win next month’s parliamentary election and provide the next prime minister, but opposition groups say its dominance of the last government almost derailed Tunisia’s transition to democracy following its revolution of 2011.

The president makes senior military and foreign policy appointments as well as nominating the prime minister, and ceding the post to an outside candidate on Nov. 23 sends a signal that Ennahda will avoid making the same mistakes if it wins the parliamentary election.

“We want to send a positive message to the Tunisian people and politicians … We do not want to dominate all contests, especially since Ennahda will feature strongly in the parliamentary election next month,” party spokesman Zied Ladhari told Reuters.

Ennahda won the first free election after the overthrow of autocratic president Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011, but was accused by the opposition of seeking to entrench itself in power, disregarding the interests of a large secular urban population and being lenient toward radical Islamists.

When two secular opposition leaders were assassinated by Islamist militants last year, the only stable, democratic government to emerge from any of the Arab Spring revolutions appeared to be in jeopardy, until Ennahda stepped down in favour of a non-partisan interim government.

With a new, broad-based constitution now agreed and in force, the Oct. 26 parliamentary election should complete Tunisia’s transition to full democracy.

Opinion polls taken two months ago put both Ennahda and the main secular party, Nida Tounes, on around 30 percent.

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#ANS2014

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TUNISA: ' Forty One Bodies Mostly Syrians Recovered by Tunisia Coast Guard '

#AceWorldNews – TUNISIA – August 30 – Forty one bodies of mostly Syrian migrants recovered near Tunisia aboard Guardia Finanza.

​At least 41 bodies of migrants, most of them Syrians, who drowned trying to sail to Europe, have been recovered by the Tunisian Coast Guard, AP reports, citing local authorities.

The search for the bodies was launched Friday after a few decomposed bodies washed up on shore. Identity papers found with some of the bodies suggested most of the dead migrants were from Syria.

They most likely tried to reach Europe on an overcrowded inflatable raft.

#ANS2014

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LIBYA: ‘ Tunisia and Egypt’s Airports Cancel All Flights to Libya ‘

#AceWorldNews – LIBYA (Tripoli) – August 21 – Tunisia and Egypt’s Cairo airport cancelled all flights to Libya on Thursday, Reuters said.

Tunisian aviation officials gave no explanation, while Cairo airport authorities had cancelled flights to and from the neighbouring country for security reasons, according to Libyan news agency LANA.

The Libyan government said on Monday that unidentified war planes had attacked the positions of armed groups in Tripoli fighting with a rival faction.

#ANS2014

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` Bahrain’s Opposition Parties Threaten to Boycott Parliamentary Elections ‘

#AceWorldNews – BAHRAIN – May 31 – Bahrain’s opposition parties will boycott the parliamentary elections unless the government guarantees the vote will reflect the will of the people, Reuters reports.

Following the failure of talks with authorities, the Al-Wefaq movement issued a statement saying that it will not participate in the vote later this year “unless a clear political agreement is reached.”

And despite Al Wefaq’s exposed identity in February events to many shocked Bahrainis, it has returned again after the failure of the revolution to represent the same role in the hope of a comeback to work secretly in creating new grounds for a new coup after ten years from now, as stated by Ali Salman, Secretary General of AlWefaq in his first speeches after the evacuation of the roundabout on Hezbolla’s Al Manar TV.

This sends a grave message which translates to : We will come back tougher and stronger with the help of our allies : Hezbolla.

The group also urged the international community to help it pursue a peaceful democratic transition for the Gulf monarchy. Bahrain has been in turmoil since protests led by Shi’ite Muslims erupted in 2011 after similar uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia.

Bahrain is currently under political pressure from the US and the UK governments to support Al Wefaq out of fear from extremists despite the recent evidence showing the society is actually the leader of the extremist groups.

Ace Related News:
1. Birth and Origins of Al Wefaq – http://tinyurl.com/3bfh6vo

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#ANS2014

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` Russia has urged the ` Libyan Government ‘ to Facilitate the Release of the Kidnapped Foreign Diplomats’

#AceWorldNews – April 18 – MOSCOW – Moscow has urged the Libyan authorities to facilitate the release of kidnapped foreign diplomats.

The government should do its best to find the diplomats as soon as possible and free them, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

The authorities should also punish those responsible for the kidnapping and take measures to defend diplomatic missions in Libya, the statement said. Laaroussi Kontassi, an adviser at the Tunisia’s embassy in Tripoli, disappeared Thursday morning in “unclear circumstances,” days after gunmen kidnapped the Jordanian ambassador.

#ANS2014

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` State of Emergency Measures are Repealed after `Three Years ‘ in Tunisia ‘

#AceWorldNews says that Tunisia’s President Moncef Marzouki has repealed the country’s state of emergency, AP reported.

It has been in place since the outbreak of a popular revolution three years ago.

A presidential decree on Thursday said the state of emergency was abolished across the whole of Tunisia as of Wednesday.

Longtime President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was overthrown in the 2011 uprising.

#ANS2014

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” Islamist Militants `Attack Security Forces’ in an `Ambush Near the Border with Algeria’ Killing Four People”

#AceWorldNews says that according to latest reports a group described as Islamist militants attacked security forces in an ambush near the border with Algeria, killing four people, Tunisia’s interior ministry said on Sunday, according to reports by Reuters and AP.

The ministry statement said the militants opened fire on a vehicle driving along a road in the north-west of the country, killing a prison official, a civilian and wounding two others.

The band then attacked security officials who arrived to investigate the incident, killing two members of the National Guard and wounding two others.

The Islamist militants were disguised as security officials and had stolen weapons and a vehicle, according to the state news agency TAP.

The report did not name any group as being responsible for the attack.

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"Tunisian Police Arrest Suspect Wanted in Connection with the Murder of Mohammed Brahmi"

#AceBreakingNews says a suspect in last July’s murder of Tunisian opposition politician, Mohamed Brahmi, was arrested near the capital Tunis following a reported gun battle with police overnight on Saturday, the interior ministry’s spokesman said.

cropped-header-breaking-news.jpgSecurity forces “surrounded a house where a terrorist group had holed up. Following a sustained exchange of fire, four elements were arrested,” interior ministry spokesman, Mohamed Ali Aroui, told Agence France-Presse.

“Among them is Hmed el-Melki, alias ‘Somali,’ one of the elements implicated in the assassination of the martyr, Mohamed Brahmi,” he added. “The interior ministry stresses that it was a successful operation,” said the spokesman. Authorities blamed Brahmi’s murder, as well as that of Chokri Belaid, another opposition politician, who was killed in February, on the Ansar Al-Sharia, a jihadist outfit.

The group, however, never claimed responsibility for the attacks.

 

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