ISIS in America: Radicalized in the Heartland (video)

via CBN.com.

It’s hard to imagine America’s heartland as a breeding ground for terrorism. Yet when news emerged that two U.S. citizens had been killed in Syria fighting alongside ISIS, the path led back to, of all places, Minnesota.

Not hard to imagine at all and that would be the first place most Americans would guess if asked.

What is hard to imagine is that the mosques haven’t been shut down, that immigration and importation of Muslims has not been halted and that the passports of Muslims known to have left the U.S. to wage jihad have not been revoked.

UK: High school science teacher pleads guilty to terror charges

via Science teacher facing jail after pleading guilty to terror charges | Daily Express.

Jamshed Javeed, 30, admitted two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts when he appeared at Woolwich Crown Court today.

The bearded teacher, of Cringle Road in Levenshulme, Manchester, appeared in court today flanked by two security staff, wearing a grey t-shirt and tracksuits bottoms.

He spoke only to confirm his name and enter guilty pleas at the brief hearing.

Prosecutor Simon Denison QC said there were “very specific and unusual facts” in the case.

Javeed, who taught children aged between 11 and 16 at Sharples High School in Bolton, was suspended from his job while police investigated his alleged links to volatile regions of the Middle East.

His arrest last December came after a probe into people suspected of travelling to Syria or supporting fighting in the troubled state, the court heard.

Javeed admitted two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts under the Terrorism Act 2006.

Javeed insists, however, that he planned to fight with rebel forces against Syrian autocrat Bashar al-Assad.

He claims that, despite twice being spoken to by MI5 officers, he was not told such a plot would constitute a terror offence under new domestic law.

Defence barrister, Charles Bott, today submitted a lengthy basis of plea, in which Javeed denied trying to help form a “new Islamic State”.

His lawyers say he is a “practising and sincere Muslim” and not an “extremist”.”He has never been involved in any political or religious organisations and has not attended any politics or religious rallies or demonstrations,” they add.”He was deeply moved by the images and reports of the extreme suffering of the Syrian people at the hand of Bashar Al-Assad’s vicious regime.”

Javeed’s legal team say it was against this background that Javeed “came to the conclusion that he should go to support the ordinary people of Syria”.

“He accepts that this would have meant becoming involved in some fighting, as well as humanitarian relief.

“He also acknowledges that he spent time on the internet looking at various websites and followed individuals on Twitter.

“But he does not accept that he has an ‘extremist’ mindset. Access to this information is extremely easy [and] viewed by very many people,” his lawyers say.

Javeed’s legal team said his younger brother, Mohammed Javeed, went to Syria to fight with rebel forces battling Assad, and he is now believed missing in the war-torn state.

Javeed’s sentencing hearing is expected to take place on 12 December.


It’s not an extremist mindset. It’s Islam. It’s in the Koran.

Who’s teaching your children?

Obama’s Gitmo board oks release of Saudi who “remains devoted” to al Qaeda

…because he’s less a risk than the Taliban 5…whom we were told were no risk at all…yet have since met with Haqqani leaders. via Guantánamo board says Saudi captive can go home | The Miami Herald.

Muhammed Zahrani, al Qaeda terrorist cleared for release by Obama

Muhammed Zahrani, al Qaeda terrorist cleared for release by Obama

A U.S. national security panel has approved for release from Guantánamo a long-prisoner whose advocates argued was less of a risk at-large than the five Taliban captives sent to Qatar in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in May.

Muhammed Zahrani, 45, got to Guantánamo in August 2002 and was until this month held as an indefinite detainee, without charge or eligible for release, a “forever prisoner.” The Periodic Review Board announced Monday he was eligible for repatriation to his native Saudi Arabia, raising to 80 the number of men approved for transfer from the remote prison holding 149 detainees.

Zahrani persuaded the board to make him eligible for release, according to a document released by the Pentagon, because of his “candor with the board about his presence on the battlefield, expressions of regret, and desires for a peaceful life after Guantánamo.”

It’s not possible to know what he said because, at Zahrani’s request, his remarks and written submission to the board were under seal at the parole board website.

These were the board’s first review of Saudi prisoners, and the members note in their unsigned recommendation that they gave consideration specifically to Zahrani because of the ongoing Saudi rehabilitation panel.

A panel of representatives of the Departments of Defense, Justice, State, Homeland Security and National Intelligence Directorate heard his case June19.

It was unclear why the decisions took so long.

A U.S. intelligence assessment, which was prepared in April, said Zahrani trained with al-Qaida in Afghanistan in the two years prior to the Sept.11, 2001 terror attacks. It said he has “provided information of value” to U.S. intelligence but alternately “withheld details” and “possibly has exaggerated his role in and significance to al-Qaida, to which he remains devoted.”

 

Muslim Extradited to New York, Planned Terror Training Camp in Oregon

 Like the deadly ebola virus, Obama has imported a growing list of foreign jihadists to U.S. prisons…where they can preach and recruit. via FBI — Haroon Aswat Extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York to Face Terrorism Charges.

…(“FBI”), and … (“NYPD”), announced the extradition of HAROON ASWAT from the United Kingdom to face charges of conspiring to provide and providing material support to al Qaeda and terrorists for attempting to establish a terrorist training camp in the United States.

ASWAT was arrested in Zambia in July 2005, and in August 2005, ASWAT was deported from Zambia to the United Kingdom, where he was arrested pursuant to a provisional warrant that was issued in response to a request by the U.S. Government in connection with this case. On September 4, 2014, the United Kingdom ordered ASWAT extradited to the United States on the charges described below. In coordination with British authorities, ASWAT was extradited from the United Kingdom to the Southern District of New York on October 21, 2014. ASWAT will make his first court appearance later today before U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest.

According to the allegations contained in the Indictment, statements made at related court proceedings, and evidence presented at prior trials:

In late 1999, ASWAT, along with co-defendants Mustafa Kamel Mustafa, a/k/a “Abu Hamza” (“Abu Hamza”), Ouassama Kassir, and Earnest James Ujaama, attempted to create a terrorist training camp in the United States to support al Qaeda, which has been designated by the United States Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organization. ASWAT conspired with Abu Hamza, Kassir, and Ujaama to establish the terrorist training camp on a rural parcel of property located in Bly, Oregon. The purpose of the Bly, Oregon camp was for Muslims to receive various types of training – including military-style jihad training – in preparation to fight jihad in Afghanistan. As used by the conspirators in this case, the term “jihad” meant defending Islam against purported enemies through violence and armed aggression, including, if necessary, by using murder to expel non-believers from Muslim holy lands.

In a letter faxed from Ujaama, in the United States, to Abu Hamza, in the United Kingdom, the property in Bly was described as a place that “looks just like Afghanistan,” and the letter noted that the men at Bly were “stock-piling weapons and ammunition.” In late 1999, after transmission of the faxed letter, Abu Hamza directed ASWAT and Kassir, both of whom resided in London, England, and attended Abu Hamza’s mosque there, to travel to Oregon to assist in establishing the camp. On November 26, 1999, ASWAT and Kassir arrived in New York, and then traveled to Bly.

ASWAT and Kassir traveled to Bly for the purpose of training men to fight jihad. Kassir told witnesses that he supported Usama Bin Laden and al Qaeda, and that he had previously received jihad training in Pakistan. Kassir also possessed a compact disc that contained instructions on how to make bombs and poisons. After leaving Bly, ASWAT and Kassir traveled to Seattle, Washington, where they resided at a mosque for approximately two months. While in Seattle, Kassir, in ASWAT’s presence, provided men from the mosque with additional terrorist training lessons – including instructions on different types of weapons, how to construct a homemade silencer for a firearm, how to assemble and disassemble an AK-47, and how an AK-47 could be altered to be fully automatic and to launch a grenade. On another occasion, with ASWAT sitting by his side, Kassir announced to the men in Seattle that he had come to the United States for martyrdom and to destroy, and he informed his audience that some of them could die or get hurt.

In September 2002, special agents from the FBI recovered a ledger, among other items, from an al Qaeda safe house in Karachi, Pakistan. The ledger listed a number of individuals associated with al Qaeda, including ASWAT. The al Qaeda safe house was used by Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, al Qaeda’s chief operational planner and the alleged planner of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

The Indictment charges ASWAT, 40, a British citizen, with four offenses that carry the following maximum penalties:

Charge Statutory Violation Maximum Prison Term

Conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists 18 U.S.C. § 371 Five years

Providing material support to terrorists 18 U.S.C. §§ 2339A, 2 10 years

Conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization (al Qaeda) 18 U.S.C. §2339B 10 years

Providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization (al Qaeda)

18 U.S.C. §§ 2339B, 2 10 years

The maximum potential sentences are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

 

The history of Saudi Arabian links with Islamic terrorism

via The history of Saudi Arabian links with Islamic extremism – Rear Vision –

Islamic State militants have been in the headlines for months, but groups like IS don’t appear out of nowhere, they arise in a political and historic context. IS has emerged out of the opposition to the Assad regime in Syria at a moment when Iran and Saudi Arabia are vying for political influence in the region.

It’s well known that Saudi Arabia has supported jihadist movements in Afghanistan, North Africa and Syria, and that most of the terrorists involved in the September 11 attacks were Saudi nationals.

‘The trend one notices in Saudi Arabia is that they are much more against jihadi organisations if they threaten the security of the House of Saud, or if jihadis begin to act within Saudi Arabia,’ says Patrick Cockburn, journalist and author of The Jihadis Return: ISIS and the New Sunni Uprising. ‘But they are quite prepared to use jihadis as an instrument of Saudi foreign policy and Saudi influence abroad.’

‘You had Saudi preachers, immensely influential, often speaking on satellite television stations financed by Saudi royals, preaching hate to Shia, preaching jihad in Syria and elsewhere. So there has always been ambivalence in Saudi policy between what they want to see at home and what they want to see abroad.’

Saudi Arabia’s history of involvement with jihad dates to the early 20th century, when the state as we know it was formed. Unlike other Arab countries, which had fully-fledged nationalist independence movements, Saudi Arabia was united through a series of wars.

‘There were no historical precedents whereby the whole region was governed as one entity, and therefore the Al Saud [family] reinvented the 18th century Wahhabi movement, which is a puritanical movement initially aiming to return people to the right path of Islam,’ says Madawi Al-Rasheed, visiting professor at the London School of Economics and the author of A History of Saudi Arabia.

‘This involved religious wars against those who refused the political leadership or rejected the political leadership of the Al Saud, but they were depicted as people whose Islam wasn’t the right Islam and therefore they had to succumb to the authority of the Al Saud.’

‘They were able to bring this vast territory together and subject the people, under the pretext of Islamising them, which was a violent episode in the 20th century. It lasted for more than 25 years, at the end of which the Al Saud declared themselves as the rulers, and they had to continue this alliance with the Wahhabi clerics who supported the regime and also were given certain priorities in running the social and religious affairs of the country’

The alliance between the royal family and the Wahhabi clerics continues to this day. According to Al-Rasheed, the clerics provide a politically useful religious justification for the House of Saud’s political authority. From early on in the history of Saudi Arabia, all kinds of dissent, from strikes to demonstrations, have been banned.

The discovery of oil in commercial quantities both cemented the position of the Saudi royal family within Saudi Arabia and gave it enormous influence within the Muslim world. The country began to enjoy significants oil revenues during the 1950s and ‘60s, and by 1972 average oil revenue was between $2 and $3 billion a year.

That was nothing, though, compared to the profits that would flow after the oil crisis of 1973 and 1974 and the nationalisation of the oil industry. It’s that oil wealth, argues Cockburn, that has allowed Wahhabi Islam to spread and dominate the Muslim world.

‘One of the most important trends in the Muslim world, perhaps in the world as a whole over the last 50 years, is the way in which Wahhabism has influenced and to some extent taken over mainstream Sunni Islam: the 1.4, 1.5 billion Sunni Muslims in the world,’ he says.

‘Why has it become so influential? Well, mainly Saudi money. If you wanted to build a mosque in Bangladesh or some other poor country and you need $20,000, the only place you can get it easily is from Saudi Arabia or some Saudi charity.’

‘It is remarkable to me that we are at this moment again where the Saudis have been complicit in the rise of a jihadist network in Syria, seen it spread regionally, and now [it] becomes at least a regional threat, if not a global threat,’ says Jones. ‘We are not just repeating the sins of 2003 but the same kind of patterns that persisted in the 1980s and that led to the violence of the 1990s and 2001.’

Remarkable or predictable? Read it all at ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

3-Month Old American Infant Killed by Muslim Terrorist in Jerusalem (video)

Murdered: Chaya Zisel Braun Courtesy of the Family

Murdered: Chaya Zisel Braun Courtesy of the Family

via American Infant Killed in Jerusalem Terror Attack – CBN.com.

A day after a Palestinian terrorist killed an American baby in Jerusalem when he plowed a car into a crowd, masked Palestinians threw rocks at a Jerusalem kindergarten.

Wednesday’s terror attack was captured by a security camera that showed Abdul Rahman al-Shaludi driving off the road and accelerating as he ran over pedestrians waiting for a train.

Three-month-old Chaya Zisel Braun, a U.S. citizen, was killed and seven others wounded in the attack.

Chaya’s grandfather, Shimshon Halperin, told reporters the baby’s parents had tried for years to have a child and had just returned from the Western Wall. Baby Chaya was buried overnight in Jerusalem.

Shaludi, the terrorist, was from the mostly Arab neighborhood of Silwan, also known as the City of David, the original site of biblical Jerusalem.

“The suspect fled the scene,” police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

“He was shot by police units that responded quickly in the area, and obviously we’re looking at this incident at this moment in time as a strong possibility of a terrorist related incident,” Rosenfeld said.

Recently a number of Jewish families moved into Silwan, sparking protests there.

Media reports said Hamas carried out the attack. Israel blamed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for partnering with Hamas in a unity government.

“The attack on a mother and a baby is typical of Hamas, President Abbas’ partner in the Palestinian government,” Mark Regev, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s spokesman, said.

 More:

Shaludi’s family had claimed to reporters that the incident was an “accident”, despite Abdelrahman being a member of Hamas with a long record of terrorist activity.

But the latest footage shows with chilling clarity how he drove his car purposefully and seemingly with great control through a narrow stretch of pavement between the Light Rail stop and the tracks beside it.

Another American killed by Muslims and Obama says nothing, as if it didn’t even happen.

Update: Memo from US Consulate refers to Jerusalem jihad terror attack that murdered baby girl as “traffic incident”

New York: NYPD confirms hatchet attack on cops a jihad terror attack (updated)

via Man with axe shot dead by police in Queens after random attack | Daily Mail Online.

New York police fear that a crazed hatchet attack on four police officers in Jamaica, Queens, today could be linked to terrorism.

Suspect Zale Thompson, 32, pictured in surveillance footage, was shot dead on the scene after slashing one cop in the arm and the other in the head at around without warning about 2pm.

The officer struck in the head was critically injured.

A 29-year-old female bystander a half-a-block away from the attack was critically injured after being shot by an errant police round. She is currently recovering from surgery at Jamaica Hospital and is listed in ‘grave’ condition.

Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said he’s not ruling out terrorism especially in the wake of recent terror attacks in Canada, reports CNN.

‘There is nothing we know as of this time that would indicate that were the case. I think certainly the heightened concern is relative to that type of assault based on what just happened in Canada,’ said Bratton.

A Facebook account allegedly tied to Zale Thompson features a photograph of a man dressed in Middle Eastern garb and a cover photo the shows Arabic writing.

The page says that Thompson graduated from Columbia Teacher’s College.


Screenshot from the Facebook page of the same name as attacker:

zale-thompson-arabic


And this from the Daily News:

As investigators were delving into Thompson’s background, they requested search warrants for his home so his computer could be analyzed to identify his online contacts and the type of websites he was visiting. A police source said one of Thompson’s computers contained evidence of web searches about the Islamic State and Afghanistan. But the source said investigators were initially leaning toward a belief that Thompson was mentally disturbed but not linked to a terrorist group.

“That type of question certainly comes to mind,” Bratton said at a 5 p.m. press conference when asked about a connection between Thompson and a terrorist organization. “We really cannot say yes or no to that question. This is an ongoing investigation.”

The Daily News digitally scrambled the attacker’s face but Terror Trends Bulletin had a pic of the perp who seemed to be sporting a jihadi beard:

extralarge

And this via EOTW:

nyc-attack-tweetCNN video further reported that the NYPD found indications of extremist views on his Facebook page.


Update: It was jihad: Bratton: Hatchet Attack on Cops Was a Lone Wolf “Act of Terror”

A man who assaulted a group of NYPD officers with a hatchet before they shot him dead, committed “an act of terror,” the city’s top cop said Friday.

“We at this time believe that he acted alone,” Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Friday. “We would describe him as self-radicalized. We would describe him as self-directed in his activities.”

Asked directly if Thompson could be considered a homegrown terrorist or a “lone wolf,” investigators said “it appears at this point” that terror was the suspect’s “intent,” though police stressed the investigation was in its preliminary stages.

And if more evidence were needed for the deluded Islamophiles:

Last month, Thompson, who says on his Facebook page that he graduated from the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York, commented on YouTube:

“If you’re looking for ‘perfect’ Muslims who never make any mistakes in their Jihad, then you will be looking in vain! If the Zionists and the Crusaders had never invaded and colonized the Islamic lands after WW1, then there would be no need for Jihad! Which is better, to sit around and do nothing, or to Jihad fisabeelallah!”

Thompson’s comment was on a video explaining the idea of creating an Islamic caliphate, or borderless kingdom, which is ISIS’ ultimate aim.

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