Islamic State Used British Companies to Finance Terrorist Attacks Against West
Islamic State used British companies operating out of an office in Cardiff, Wales, to ship equipment to Spain and finance terror plots against the West, according to United States intelligence files.
The FBI documents, seen by The Sunday Times, state that surveillance technology believed to be linked to the development of ‘weaponised drones’ capable of identifying “target locations”, “bug sweep units”, and software to launch rockets were dispatched to Spain in 2015.
Another Welsh firm was used to transfer thousands of pounds in cash to an Islamist extremist in Maryland. Mohamed Elshinawy (above, right), originally from Egypt, was charged in 2015 with soliciting funds from Islamic State operatives and plotting a terrorist attack in the United States. Elshinawy pleaded guilty to terrorism-related charges on Tuesday.
The firms were set up by “Peter Soren”, believed to be an alias for Siful Sujan (above, left), the IT specialist turned hacker for Islamic State who left Wales three years ago with his family to join the terror group in Syria. He was later killed by a U.S. drone strike in Raqqa