Texas: Muslim refugee, former Army interpreter who joined ISIS gets 4 years

He should get an immediate deportation. But no mention of that in the article. So what happens when he is out in a year or two? How many jihadis will he recruit and train in prison? At the mosque after his release? Source: Man Who Admitted To Lying To FBI About ISIS Sentenced To 4 Years In Prison « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

The Mesquite man who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his travels to fight with ISIS has been sentenced to four years in prison and three years supervised release.

Bilal Abood told FBI agents he intended to travel to Iraq two years ago to visit family when his real intentions were to go to Syria and take up arms.

I.e., wage jihad…to create an Islamic state…governed by sharia law.

Abood never made the trip, because he was stopped before boarding a plane at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport. But weeks later he got on a plane in Mexico City, traveled to Syria, then Turkey, and fought alongside the terrorist group ISIS. He later pledged his allegiance to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State.


From a previous post, this Muslim refugee was formerly an interpreter for the U.S. Army.

Abood pledged allegiance over social media to the leader of ISIS and forwarded propaganda from the terrorist network, prosecutors said. He also traveled to Syria, against the warning of the FBI, according to prosecutors.

He was stopped at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport and in San Antonio the first two times he tried to travel abroad but later crossed into Mexico and traveled to Syria through Turkey to fight with the Free Syrian Army, authorities say.

When the FBI questioned him in March 2013 about his travel plans, he told agents he was going to Iraq to visit family.

A week later, FBI agents asked whether he was going to travel to Syria to fight. Abood denied that at first but later “admitted that his intent was to go to Syria to fight [Syrian President Bashar] Assad’s regime,” documents show.

But the FBI said Abood’s real reason for trying to travel abroad was to fight jihad and die a martyr.

In July 2014, the FBI searched Abood’s computers and found that he pledged an oath to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of Islamic State.

The search also found that he had been viewing Islamic State propaganda, such as beheadings, and had used his Twitter account to share information about al-Baghdadi. Prosecutors said the material could be used to recruit others to the ISIS cause.

Abood, who came to the U.S. in 2009 from his native Iraq, has no family in the U.S. but was living with his girlfriend in a Mesquite apartment since 2010, according to court testimony. He is a former security guard who’s been unemployed for the past two years.

He worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Iraq during the Gulf war and took advantage of a benefit that’s offered for that work to emigrate to the U.S. and gain citizenship here.

Abood went through the U.S. Army’s basic training but did not end up a soldier for some reason. The government said his military training in weapons, communications and other areas made him a threat.

More from the link above:

The fact the 37-year-old made it out of the country, returned, and then wasn’t arrested until two years later is not what former Dallas FBI chief Danny Defenbaugh would expect. “I’m extremely concerned, but I’ve been concerned anyway,” he said. “You look to your southern border and it’s still completely porous, even after what 14 years with them knowing [what happened on] 9/11/2001.”

Defenbaugh says the crime of Making a False Statement to a Federal Agency is an old charge that is gaining new traction. “At one time it is very rarely used, now I think that they’re [federal officials] using it greatly because you get a lot of these individuals who are going to make false statements and think that they can get away with it.”

According to court documents, Abood is a naturalized U.S citizen who immigrated to the United States from Iraq in 2009.


This case covers several, but not all, key reasons why banning Muslims is imperative:

  • the military can’t vet them
  • the FBI can’t vet them
  • they will lie during the vetting process anyway (taqiyya)
  • the FBI can’t prevent them from going to wage jihad nor track them after they go and wage jihad
  • they use U.S. military training as jihad training
  • they probably cannot be trusted as interpreters
  • judges won’t deport them even after they are caught red-handed
  • they will recruit and convert others to wage jihad

Shall we go on? Are these they types of translators that Congress cut U.S. Veterans’ Benefits to Pay for Muslim Immigrant Visas?

PS: Ted Cruz’s state is a top destination for Muslim immigrants and refugees and the list of jihadis caught there is growing. Houston in particular.

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This week, a federal judge sentenced him [Abood] to four years in prison. Not for supporting ISIS. That isn’t a crime. He lied to federal agents.

5 thoughts on “Texas: Muslim refugee, former Army interpreter who joined ISIS gets 4 years

  1. Pingback: ISIS – al Qaeda – Jihadist Headlines | Americans & Veterans Against Jihad

  2. He will be out in 4 years and probably help get Hillary re-elected…… his military service will be front and center, and a victim of Islamophobia his only real crime…..

    huma abedin will never allow him to remain locked up in a kaffir prison.

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