Haitham Isa Saado Sad, a former employee of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services in Jordan, plead guilty to “several charges related to his role in a scheme to steal U.S. government records and defraud U.S. refugee programs.” Sad – one of three defendants in a January 22nd indictment –plead guilty to the Department of Justice charging him with “conspiracy to steal records and defraud the United States, conspiracy to launder money, and computer fraud and abuse before U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras of the District of Columbia.” “The indictment charges Sad and two other foreign nationals, Aws Muwafaq Abduljabbar,
“Most Iraqis believe the Islamic State was created by the United States.” This observation was made not by a conspiracy theorist, but by an Orthodox priest who along with his whole Christian village was forced to flee Daesh (as the Islamic State is known by Iraqis) into the safe haven of Kurdistan. He told me this on Wednesday as we spoke in a Kurdish village in the mountains of far-north Iraq, not far from the Iraqi-Turkish border. I had come here to learn of the condition of the Christian refugees and to explore ways to help the Christian Church in exile.