North Americans aiding Hekmatayar: a deadly misunderstanding

By Judi McLeod, Founder & Editor, Canada Free Press & Doug Hagmann, Director, Northeast Intelligence Network

17 January 2008: International terrorist Gulbuddin Hekmatayar, alleged recipient of an approximate $130,000 sent his way by former Kalamazoo-area congressman Mark Siljander, seems to have no trouble finding supporters on North American soil.

Siljander, a former US delegate to the United Nations, was indicted yesterday for his part in an alleged terrorist fundraising ring that is accused of sending more than $130,000 to an al-Qaeda and Taliban supporter who has threatened U.S. and international troops in afghanistan.

“The money, sent to bank accounts in Peshawar, Pakistan in 2003 and 2004, was masked as donations to an orphanage located in buildings that Hekmatyar owned.” (, Jan. 16, 2008).

Siljander, who represented southwestern Michigan from 1981-87, was charged with money laundering, conspiracy and obstruction of justice, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. He allegedly lied about lobbying senators on behalf of an Islamic charity that authorities said was secretly sending funds to terrorists.

The Islamic American Relief Agency is accused of paying Siljiander $50,000 for the lobbying—money that turned out to be stolen from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Hekmatayar, who once said that “killing one American soldier is more rewarded by God than killing 10 Afghan soldiers,” owns the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp, home to some 2,000 Afghan refugees about 25 Kilometers southwest of Peshawar. Global Terrorism Analysis, Terrorism Monitor (Volume 5, Issue 10, May 24, 2007) says that both Daily newspapers Shahaadat and Tanweer “are supported from hezb-e-Islami’s stronghold, the Shamshatoo Refugee Camp.”

The “orphans” supported by Hekmatayar, whose North American roots are impressive, are terrorists.