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FBI-Treasury Agents raid 2 more Chicago area Muslim charities.

FBI and Treasury agents raided two more Islamic charities in Bridgeview and Palos Hills today. AP report below. More to follow.
CHICAGO – Federal agents served search warrants Friday at two U.S.-based Islamic charities that have come under close scrutiny of federal investigators trying to identify groups providing support to terrorists.

FBI spokeswoman Ebony Harrel would not say what, if
anything, agents seized from the two organizations, Global Relief Foundation in Bridgeview and the Benevolence International Foundation in Palos Hills. The search warrants were sealed.

Chicago TV station WLS reported that the federal government had frozen both organizations' assets and took records and documents from the suburban Chicago offices.

Messages left by The Associated Press at both organizations Friday were not immediately returned.

The search warrants were served the same day that NATO-led peacekeepers and United Nations police raided two Global Relief's offices in Yugoslavia.

The Global Relief "is suspected of supporting worldwide terrorist activities and is allegedly involved in planning attacks against targets in the USA and Europe," the NATO statement said.

Global Relief raises about $5 million a year for programs in mainly Muslim countries around the world. It did not appear on the U.S. Treasury Department's list of organizations and individuals whose assets are being frozen because of their alleged ties to terrorism.

The Bridgeview , Ill.-based group has denied it has any links to illegal activity.
 
 

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