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Security seizes DAESH currency; Kuwait cell reveals names
September 23, 2014, 9:00 am
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The new details disclosed by the State Security apparatus show the security authorities have seized from members of the Islamic State organization or the so-called DAESH ‘currency’ of the Islamic State, the organization’s black flags, publications and the printing press which was used to print the currency, reports Al-Rai daily. The Public Prosecutor has completed interrogating five people — three Kuwaitis and two bedoun.

The Kuwaitis have admitted to fighting in Syria and Iraq (as the daily had mentioned earlier) and the two bedoun have admitted to belonging to DAESH — the internationally banned organization. According to the daily the State Security investigations show “the members of this cell were waiting for orders from their commanders to determine the shape of the move, but the plot failed after it was exposed.” The suspects during interrogation have admitted that they have stocked “hundreds of slogans and black flags that symbolize the organization and print bearing the logo of state funds to replace the Kuwaiti currency to begin the implementation of their plan within Kuwaiti territory.”

According to the Public Prosecutor investigation reports, the main issue centers around a complaint filed by an unidentified citizen with the State Security police stating his son was studying in a university, identified only as A., was misled and ended up joining the DAESH organization and left for Turkey on his way to Syria. He added, he did not known what happened then.

The investigation report also stated that the State Security apparatus then relayed his name to all entry points and was finally arrested when he attempted to enter the country through the Kuwait International Airport.

During interrogation he admitted to entering Syria via Turkey and joining DAESH to uphold, defend and fight for the truth alongside DAESH. He also said he took part in more than one battle and fought along several Kuwaitis and citizens of other Gulf states and moved freely between regions and Syrian villages. During interrogation A. said an engineer identified only as M. and another identified only as O. fought in Syria with him and that they entered Kuwait before him and gave police information about them. After M. and O. were arrested they acknowledged that they fought alongside DAESH and that decided to return to Kuwait immediately after the announcement of the formation of an international coalition to ‘liquidate’ DAESH.

They affirmed the presence of large numbers of citizens who are enrolled in the ranks of the organization and provided the detectives with their names. The bedoun suspects, identified only as F. and H., both unemployed, were arrested in a dramatic manner. During a Friday prayer sermon at a mosque in Al-Jahra F. and H. objected when the preacher said DAESH has nothing to do with Islam and that it only damages the reputation of the religion.

Both of them argued the organization represents the true Islam and applies the law and that the motto bears the name of Allah and His Messenger. When the preacher insisted and stood his ground F. and H. allegedly attempted to attack him following which people in the congregation separated them and informed the police.

Subsequently, the State Security police after receiving information on the incident monitored their activities and raided their homes and found a printer and large sums of currency notes and hundreds of slogans and black flags and publications calling for supporting the organization and joining it under the banner of the Islamic caliphate.

The suspects also admitted to belonging to the organization. The Public Prosecution has referred the five men to the judiciary.

Meanwhile, high level Foreign Ministry sources have ruled out the mediation role for Kuwait in efforts to ‘admit’ Iran into the international coalition to confront the Islamic State organization or the so-called DAESH.

The sources told the daily, “The issue of terrorist organizations in the region and ways to address them will be on the table for discussion during the Kuwait- Iran Political Committee meetings being held in Tehran today, saying the debate about terrorist groups and the file of (DAESH) is on top of the agenda during bilateral talks between the two sides.” In another context, sources indicated “the form of Kuwaiti participation in the international coalition against DAESH will be ‘three-pronged’, including humanitarian support to the displaced and to protect them from attacks and the dangers of the terrorist organization, logistical support for efforts to confront the organization and reduce its capabilities, and thirdly, which has been discussed between the Gulf states is draining the financial resources and to stop the movement of funds destined for terrorist organizations and militants in Iraq and Syria.” The sources also said the discussions of the Kuwaiti delegation to Iran will include the common issues in the framework of the meetings of the problem between the two sides, including the security aspect, and the political and economic side, as a special significance because it comes after the visit of HH the Amir to Tehran earlier in the year.

US Secretary of State John Kerry gave assurances Monday that members of the 50-nation coalition against the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), particularly the Gulf countries, are not funding the terror group. As Western lawmakers and the media call into question the willingness of Arab countries to counter the growing threat, Kerry said, in an interview with MSNBC’s Morning Joe program: “There’s no evidence — that anyone is currently funding ISIS in any way whatsoever.”

However, he admitted “some of the biggest funders individually are coming out of a number of countries in the region still, and that is a major focus of our coalition effort. Statesponsored support has stopped, to (the) best of our knowledge at this point in time,” he affirmed. “We’re disappointed in any country that is allowing foreign fighters to move in, that’s allowing financing to come from individuals. “Bahrain has stepped up and they’re hosting a conference in a few days which will be very, very important to help coordinate the activities, which we’ve gotten very good at,” he noted.

Kerry also stressed that “every single Gulf nation and the surrounding neighbors joined up one way or the other to be active in the coalition; that includes Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, Oman, Kuwait.” “The judgment of everybody is that a great deal can be accomplished, and perhaps even the whole deal can be accomplished, by training the Free Syrian Army in the open.

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