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Three Muslims accused of illicit Mideast drone export

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These drone parts and this technology would obviously be used in the jihad against Israel. Meanwhile, Hizb’Allah already has drone technology that Barack Obama supplied to Iran. Geller Report readers remember when then President Obama refused and rejected numerous proposals to retrieve lost U.S. drone. Note that two of these Muslim conspirators are citizens of the UK as well as of Lebanon. They constitute yet another argument for limiting immigration from jihad hotspots. Why should we import large numbers of people among whom will inevitably be some who will only be doing all they can to aid our enemies and those of our allies?

“3 men accused of trying to export drone parts to Hezbollah,” by Steve Karnowski, Associated Press, February 17, 2018:

MINNEAPOLIS – A federal grand jury in Minnesota indicted three people on charges that they conspired to export drone parts and technology from the U.S. to the Iranian-backed Hezbollah militia in Lebanon, authorities announced Friday.

The U.S. Attorney’s office for Minnesota said two of the suspects — brothers Usama and Issam Hamade — are now in custody in South Africa, while the third, Samir “Tony” Berro, remains at large. All three are Lebanese citizens. Usama “Prince Sam” Hamade also has South African citizenship, while Berro and Issam Hamade are also U.K. citizens.

The U.S. considers Hezbollah a terrorist organization. The Shiite militant group has used drones at least since 2004. The indictment alleges the conspiracy operated from 2009 through December 2013. It says the equipment included electronics that can be used in drone guidance systems, one jet engine and 20 piston engines that can be used in drones, and a pair of digital video recording binoculars.

The updated indictment unsealed Friday was dated Oct. 11, 2017, but the original was filed in 2015 and kept sealed to keep the investigation secret from the three men.

The brothers were arrested Tuesday in South Africa for extradition to the United States to face trial in Minnesota, according to another prosecution filing Friday. They appeared before a magistrate there and were ordered held pending another hearing Feb. 26. Usama Hamade is a South African resident. The filings don’t say where Issam Hamade lives, but said he would visit his brother in South Africa.

The parts included inertial measurement units, which can be used to track an aircraft’s position, and digital compasses, which can be paired with the IMUs for drone guidance systems. The indictment doesn’t name the companies, but the model names and numbers indicate the IMUs were manufactured by Concord, California-based Systron Donner Inertial, and that the digital compasses were made by Honeywell International’s operations in suburban Minneapolis.

The jet engine was sold by an unnamed Indiana company, while the piston engines were sold by an unnamed Florida company. The model number indicates the digital binoculars were made by Sony. None of the items could legally be exported to Hezbollah, the indictment said….

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