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Reston Woman Charged With Funding Terrorist Group

by Karen Goff — July 24, 2014 at 8:10 am 2,405 15 Comments

DOJA Reston woman was among several arrested Thursday on charges of providing material support to al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting an insurgency campaign in Somalia, U.S. Department of Justice officials said.

Muna Osman Jama, 34, was arrested at her home in Reston, officials said.

Others arrested were Hinda Osman Dhirane, 44, of Kent, Wash.; and Farhia Hassan of the Netherlands. Warrants are also out for Fardowsa Jama Mohamed, a fugitive in Kenya, and Barira Hassan Abdullahi, a fugitive in Somalia.

From the Justice Department:

According to court records, defendants Muna Osman Jama and Hinda Osman Dhirane were the leaders of an al-Shabaab fundraising conspiracy operating in the United States, 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.

According to court records, 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.

A superseding indictment was issued on June 26, 2014, by a federal grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia, charging the defendants with one count of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and 20 counts of providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization.  The indictment was unsealed after the following arrest warrants were executed today:

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

The Harakat Shabaab al-Mujahidin, commonly known as al-Shabaab, is a terrorist group conducting a violent insurgency campaign 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.

  • SnifferDog

    So if you send $50 to someone in Somalia, you will have millions of dollars spent on the operation to hunt you down and prosecute you.

    But if you go to Israel where you take Israeli weapons and murder Palestinians, your name is listed in the major media as if you were a hero for going to a foreign country where you committed murder.

    • JozJag

      I won’t go into what I think of you. I will take the time to inform you there is no such act as murder in a war. Troll on….

      • SnifferDog

        I am guessing the innocent women and children who are no longer breathing would argue with your statement that “There is no such thing as an act of murder in war”.

        I think the Geneva Conventions would disagree with you also.

        • Bzzzt

          If you target the enemy and civilians die, this is not murder, nor against the Geneva Conventions.

        • JozJag

          No, in the rules of war, there is no such thing as murder. Unless the killing is done outside the rules of war. Such as when soldiers go into innocents homes and shoot for no reason. That is murder. Many soldiers in Viet Nam wrier prosecuted for this when I was over there. Only then can one be punished for murder. Yes, the rules are complex and there is plenty of wiggle room. In the rules of water, innocents that are killed during either engagement or seek and destroy, ( hidden missiles in hospitals, schools and homes) are considered casualties of war, not murder.

          I fully understand your point, but as a Viet Nam vet who has had his share of casualties of war to life with, I know what is murder is and is not.

          When your enemy, who wants to ” wipe you off the face of the earth” hides his weapons in places where innocents are living, that is not murder. I hate killing. I am not sure I could do it again. But, you better kill your enemy at the first possible chance, or you will be dead.

        • pitriver

          Geneva Conventions? Are you kidding me? That applies to wars not terrorist. You are so far out there. If your beloved Hamas would not put rockets in schools, hospitals, and people’s homes there would not be so many people killed. Hamas places these people in danger and only want to us the dead to sway public opinion. For my part Israel needs to kill them all and let the world start over.

    • pitriver

      Israel is not a terrorist organization like Hamas.

      • SnifferDog

        Sure it is.

        Israel commits acts terrorist acts all the time.

  • KIKI

    Isn’t it nice we let these foreigners in this country so they can send money back to terror groups?

    • pitriver

      Why not? Our government sends money to Hamas.

  • FULL TIME BOJANGLER

    First of all, SnifferDog, WTF? Are you a friend of the arrested terrorist? I would like to know where in Reston this terrorist was/is living. How can we find out if she was in tax payer subsidized housing?

  • JozJag

    I would have arrested her on her name alone!

  • noneofyourfuckingbusiness

    What I don’t understand is how this website and the other reston website allows such hatefull and raceist assholes to make some of the comments they do not just on this story but others sad to see the garbage that lives here just because you may be considered upperclass does not mean you are not trash compared to the people who have nothing go back ..

    • SnifferDog

      That’s interesting.

      Hovering over everyone else’s avatar brings up a total post count.

      Hovering over this individual’s avatar shows nothing…………

      • Mike M

        You are childish and add nothing positive to your adopted and misunderstood causes.

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