Terror ties meaning he waged jihad in Syria. Top notch vetting. Defund refugee resettlement. Halt all immigration. Ban Muslim immigration. via: Iraqi immigrant arrested in Sacramento, suspected of lying about ties to ISIS | The Sacramento Bee
Federal agents have arrested an Iraqi immigrant in Sacramento on a charge that he lied to immigration authorities over his ties to the Islamic State and travel to Syria, and there are indications the investigation extends to Houston and Milwaukee.
He is to appear in federal court on Friday at 2 p.m.
“Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said in a statement. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the nation from terrorism, and we will continue to hold accountable those who seek to join or aid the cause of terrorism, whether at home or abroad.”
Word of the complaint came amid reports of teror-related investigations in Houston and Milwaukee, but Al-Jayab was the only suspect whose arrest was annonued on Friday by the office of U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner in Sacramento.
“According to the allegations in the complaint, the defendant traveled to Syria to take up arms with terrorist organizations and concealed that conduct from immigration authorities,” Wagner said. “While he represented a potential safety threat, there is no indication that he planned any acts of terrorism in this country. I commend the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force for their dedicated work on this matter.”
The case came to light following an unusual closed hearing in federal court in Sacramento with U.S. Magistrate Judge Edmund F. Brennan presiding behind closed doors.
No information regarding the hearing was posted on the court calendar or filed in publicly available court documents, and Sacramento FBI spokeswoman Gina Swankie said she could not discuss the matter.
“I can neither confirm nor deny any of the information in your email,” Swankie said in response to a request from The Sacramento Bee.
The Houston Chronicle reported that officials in that state had been briefed on the matter and that the Houston connection involved an Iraqi refugee living in the Texas city, although it was not clear whether that was a reference to Al-Jayab . The newspaper also said Texas Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement Thursday afternoon on the matter.
“This is precisely why I called for a halt to refugees entering the U.S. from countries substantially controlled by terrorists,” Abbott said in a statement. “I once again urge the President to halt the resettlement of these refugees in the United States until there is an effective vetting process that will ensure refugees do not compromise the safety of Americans and Texans.”
California Gov. Jerry Brown’s office declined to comment and referred inquiries to the FBI.
California is the site of the latest and deadliest terror attack – the Dec. 2 slayings of 14 people in San Bernardino last month by two ISIS supporters – since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
That attack came one day after a Lodi-area [Muslim] man, Nicholas Teausant, pleaded guilty in federal court in Sacramento to a count of trying to provide support to a terrorist organization. Prosecutors say Teausant, 22, tried to travel to Syria to join the group. He faces sentencing March 8 and could be given up to 15 years in prison.
Update: He actually fought with ISIS in Syria,
so that apparently makes him a “Syrian refugee.” Correction from the DOJ press release and now unsealed complaint. He is an Iraqi refugee. Al-Jayab Complaint (Has Been Unsealed)
Al-Jayab is a Palestinian born in Iraq, who came to the United States as an Iraqi refugee in October 2012. Between October 2012 and November 2013, while living in Arizona and Wisconsin, he communicated over social media with numerous other individuals about his intent to return to Syria to fight for terrorist organizations. In those communications, according to the complaint, Al-Jayab discussed his previous experience with firearms and with fighting against the regime in Syria. On Nov. 9, 2013, he flew from Chicago to Turkey, and then traveled to Syria. Between November 2013 and January 2014, Al-Jayab allegedly reported on social media that he was in Syria fighting with various terrorist organizations, including Ansar al-Islam, a designated foreign terrorist organization since 2004. He returned to the United States on Jan. 23, 2014, and settled in Sacramento.
The complaint alleges that on Oct. 6, 2014, Al-Jayab was interviewed by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and responded in the negative to numerous questions, including whether he had ever been a member of any rebel group or militia; whether he had ever provided material support for any person or group engaged in terrorist activity; and whether he had ever been a member of a group, or assisted in a group, which used or threatened the use of weapons against others. Al-Jayab also allegedly stated during the interview that he had traveled to Turkey in late 2013 and early 2014 to visit his grandmother. The complaint alleges that all of those answers were materially false.
More via NY Daily News:
According to federal officials, Al-Jayab, 23, secretly crossed into Syria and fought alongside terrorist organizations in late 2013 and early 2014 and then covered up his double life when interviewed by U.S. officials.
While living in Arizona and Wisconsin, he bragged in social media messages that he previously fought in Syria, “executed” several soldiers in the Assad regime and liked to use a silencer on his Glock, the complaint unsealed Thursday said.
“America will not isolate me from my Islamic duty. Only death will do us part. My only wish is to see you and start the action,” he wrote in April 2013 to an unidentified contact likely located in Syria, the complaint said.
That same month he and an unidentified man in Texas discussed weapons training and crossing the border into Syria together.
“O God, grant us martyrdom for your sake while engaged in fighting and not retreating,” he wrote in one message to the Texas man.
In August 2013, Al-Jayab communicated with someone known to distribute Islamic State propaganda and asked for money to return to Syria. “By God, I am trying,” he wrote.
Three months later in November 2013, he flew from Chicago to Turkey and then traveled to Syria, federal officials allege.
He revealed in social media communication that he was in Syria fighting with various terrorist organizations, including Ansar al-Islam, a designated foreign terrorist organization since 2004, officials said.
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