Aaron Klein * WND
JERUSALEM — The former director of Muslim outreach for President Obama’s 2008 campaign now is representing a charity raising money in the U.S. to fund the jihadist-tied Syrian opposition.
Mazen Asbahi, a Chicago lawyer, resigned from Obama’s first presidential campaign after the Wall Street Journal reported that he sat on the board of an Islamic investment group called the Allied Assets Advisors Fund. Also on the board was Jamal Said, an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land Foundation, which raised millions of dollars for the Hamas terrorist organization.
The Allied Assets Advisors Fund was itself a subsidiary of the North American Islamic Trust which is directed by the Islamic Society of North America, or ISNA.
The ISNA was established in 1981 by activists from the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Students Association. The ISNA was also named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the Holy Land terrorism financing case.
The ISNA was the subject of a terrorism investigation in December 2003 by the Senate Finance Committee, which looked into possible links between nongovernmental organizations and terrorist financing networks.
The official court documents in the Holy Land case named the ISNA among “entities who are and/or were members of the US Muslim Brotherhood.”
Now Asbahi is back in the spotlight as the lawyer for the Syrian Support Group, which is raising money to fund the rebels attacking Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
Earlier this year, Asbahi applied to the U.S. government for a license to fund the Free Syrian Army.
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