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Jihad Watch: Bank just latest plan for caliphate
Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)
An author and terrorism expert says the Islamic State terrorist organization is operating more like a country, most recently by opening a bank.
The Washington Times recently reported that Islamic State claims it will have approximately $250 million left over at the end of 2015 from a $2 billion budget. The extra money will go to help fund their war against the West and western allies.
According to United Press International, the group announced the opening of its own bank, called the Islamic Bank, which is making loans and taking deposits.
Robert Spencer, director of Jihad Watch, says the Islamists are exchanging currency and handling passports.
“And all these things have been issued, or in the process of being issued, and I’m sure we’re going to see more. They’re in it for the long haul,” Spencer tells OneNewsNow.
That’s because the Islamic State believes it’s restoring the caliphate in territory in Iraq and Syria that’s larger than Great Britain.
“And they’re going to keep advancing and continue to try to amass more territory,” says Spencer.The Times story said the Islamic terrorists have gotten their millions of dollars from oil, from weapons sales, and by imposting taxes on the people they conquer.
FBI: Ohio Islamist planned to bomb U.S. Capitol, kill officials
Cornell’s arrest came only days after a grand jury indictment charged another Cincinnati-area resident with threatening to murder House Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said in a statement Wednesday: “Once again, the entire Congress owes a debt of gratitude to the FBI and all those who keep us safe.”
The complaint against Cornell charges him with attempting to kill officers and employees of the United States.
Cornell was arrested Wednesday after buying two semi-automatic rifles and about 600 rounds of ammunition, authorities said.
The public was never in danger, said John Barrios, acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cincinnati division.
A phone message and an email were left Wednesday for attorney Karen Savir, a federal public defender listed in court records as Cornell’s attorney. A working phone number could not be found for Cornell’s family.
His father, John Cornell, told The Cincinnati Enquirer in a story for Thursday’s editions that his son was a “momma’s boy who never left the house.” He said his son endured frequent incidents of abuse as a practicing Muslim.
“Everything you’re hearing in the media right now, they’ve already painted him as some kind of terrorist,” John Cornell told the newspaper. … “They’ve painted him as some kind of jihadist. … (Christopher) is one of the most peace-loving people I know.”
The complaint alleges that an FBI informant began supplying agents with information about Cornell last year. The informant and Cornell, who lives in Green Township, first began communicating through Twitter in August 2014 and then through an instant messaging platform separate from Twitter, according to the complaint.
“I believe we should meet up and make our own group in alliance with the Islamic State here and plan operations ourselves,” Cornell wrote in an instant message, according to the court document.
The two met in October in Cincinnati and again in November, the complaint states. Cornell told the informant at the November meeting that he considered the members of Congress as enemies and that he intended to conduct an attack on the Capitol, according to the complaint. The document says Cornell discussed his plan for them to travel to Washington and conduct reconnaissance of the security of government buildings including the Capitol before executing “a plan of attack.”
Cornell planned for the two to detonate pipe bombs at and near the Capitol and then shoot and kill employees and officials, and Cornell had saved money to fund the attack, according to the complaint.