A Danish research institute exposes the links the Turkish organization IHH had

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Intelligence and Terrorism Information Center
May 31, 2010

A Danish research institute exposes the links the Turkish organization IHH
had with Al-Qaeda and global jihad networks 1

1. In 2006 the Danish Institute for International Studies reported that
during the 1990s the Turkish relief organization IHH had links with Al-Qaeda
and global jihad networks.2 The well-documented report was prepared by Evan
Kohlman,3 an American scholar specializing in Al-Qaeda. The study deals with
the involvement of Islamic charitable societies in supporting terrorism.
Pages 10-14 are devoted to IHH.

2. According to the study, the Turkish government began investigating IHH at
least as far back as December 1997 following information that senior IHH
activists had purchased automatic weapons from extremist Islamic
organizations. As a result, the Istanbul offices of the organization were
raided and activists were arrested. During the raid the Turkish security
services found weapons, explosives, instructions for manufacturing IEDs and
a flag bearing a jihadist message. An analysis of the documents taken from
the offices indicated that IHH members were planning to participate in jihad
activities in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Chechnya.

3. For the report in its entirety, see
/> /> 1 Follow up of the May 27, 2010 bulletin ?IHH, which plays a central role in
organizing the flotilla to the Gaza Strip, is a Turkish humanitarian relief
fund with a radical Islamic anti-Western orientation. Besides its legitimate
philanthropic activities, it supports radical Islamic networks, including
Hamas, and at least in the past, even global jihad elements? at
/> 2 The Danish Institute for International Studies is an independent research
institution which deals with interdisciplinary issues with international
implications, especially international conflicts. It is staffed by dozens of
research workers, many of them with PhDs ( )
3 Evan Kohlman is American researcher specializing in terrorism who worked
for the FBI and other American government organizations. He has a law degree
and a degree in international politics and Islamic studies. In the past he
interned in Washington for The Investigative Project, an anti-terrorism
think-tank, and is currently head of NEFA, the Finding Answers
Foundation. He served as an expert witness in the trials of several jihadist
operatives in the United States, the Hague and Denmark, and is a senior
terrorism commentator for NBC. He wrote a book about the jihad movement in
Europe which was published in 2002 by the Oxford University Press and has
published numerous articles about radical Islamic movements (From :

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