Former US Air Force Mechanic Turned Muslim Arrested Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorists

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via Former US Air Force Mechanic Charged With Trying to Join ISIS in Syria, Officials Say – ABC News.

A former U.S. Air Force veteran has been arrested by the FBI for allegedly trying to join ISIS, the brutal terrorist group wreaking havoc in Syria and Iraq, after watching their online propaganda videos, authorities announced today.

Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh, 47, who is from New Jersey but had been living overseas for years, was secretly arrested two months ago after being deported back to the United States.

On Jan. 10, he flew from Egypt to Turkey hoping to slip into Syria and “fight violent jihad” with ISIS, but Turkish authorities refused to let him enter their country, federal prosecutors say in court documents filed in Brooklyn, N.Y., authorities said.

Egyptian authorities then deported Pugh to the United States, where he was arrested by the FBI and found to be carrying multiple electronic devices, including a cell phone that allegedly contained a photograph of a machine gun. Some of the data on the electronic devices had been deleted, prosecutors say.

On his laptop, FBI agents discovered that he had been viewing ISIS propaganda online and conducting online searches for such phrases as “borders controlled by Islamic state,” “kobani border crossing,” and “who controls kobani,” according to prosecutors.

In addition, the FBI recovered two of Pugh’s backpacks, which allegedly contained two compasses, a solar-powered flashlight, a solar-powered power source, a fatigue jacket and camping clothes.

Pugh also allegedly searched online for the ISIS video “Flames of War,” a 55-minute piece of propaganda that even the FBI highlighted late last year when asking “for the public’s help identifying individuals who have traveled—or are planning to travel—overseas to engage in combat alongside terrorist organizations.”

A month before his alleged attempt to join ISIS, Pugh was fired from his job as an airplane mechanic in Kuwait, according to court documents. He learned how to install and maintain aircraft engines, navigation systems and weapons systems while serving in the Air Force from 1986 to 1990, the documents say.

According to court documents, he “appears to have close ties to a woman in Egypt whom he has identified as his wife.”

And Has (little terrorists) Children in America.

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Pugh converted to Islam after moving to San Antonio, Texas, in 1998 and “became increasingly radical in his beliefs,” the feds said.

In 2001, while he was working as a mechanic for American Airlines, a coworker notified the FBI that Pugh had been expressing anti-American sentiment and that he sympathized with Osama bin Laden, authorities said.

Pugh will be arraigned before a federal judge on Wednesday. If convicted at trial, Pugh faces a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.

 

Charity raising funds for Islamic State…at Harvard University

Muslim charity? via Harvard officials notify community after report of man seeking contributions for ISIS-connected charity – Metro – The Boston Globe. h/t answeringmuslims

Harvard officials say they have notified members of the university community that an unidentified man came to the Kennedy School of Government on Tuesday who said he was soliciting donations for a charity connected to the Islamic State militant group.

“At this time there does not appear to be a threat to the community, but we felt that it was important to notify members of our community. We have also notified the Harvard University Police Department,” the university said Friday in an e-mailed statement.

“He has not been seen on the campus since that time,” the statement said.

The dean of the Kennedy School sent out an e-mail Thursday to members of the school community, notifying them.

A Harvard spokesman said the school had no comment on security matters.

FBI spokeswoman Kristen Setera said the agency is assessing the incident.

 Why no description of the charity or the person who was soliciting funds for jihad? Don’t Harvard, local police and the FBI want to know more?

Ohio: Royal Jordanian Airline employees involved in busted Muslim mafia racket

More on the arrest of more than 20 Muslims in Ohio via FBI ends large criminal network in Toledo – Toledo  h/t Dee for the links and the Indictment that has more details including laundering the money to buy homes in Palestine, transporting goods using Royal Jordanian Airline pilots and employees, and preying on drug addicts.

According to the documents, the enterprise started out small by selling counterfeit clothing like Nike and Ralph Lauren and then grew to transporting stolen electronics like iPhones and iPads to the Middle East.

By 2009 members of the family and associates were working together, building their criminal enterprise. Several convenience stores, electronic stores, and clothing stores were then open and operating, all for the goal of racking up millions.

Documents show that multiple checks were cashed illegally, routing checks from all the stores into one account to conceal the source of the money. Over $11 million in checks were cashed and 90 bank accounts were used to move money around.

But investigators found their biggest money maker started in 2009 when they began buying and selling stolen goods, getting the word out to criminals and drug addicts at many of their stores.

The investigation shows they even took it one step further by teaming up with Royal Jordanian crew members. And with the help of a retired pilot the crew would sometimes smuggle $10 million worth of stolen phones and other electronics in suitcases to the Middle East. This after family members figured out how to alter the cell phones hardwire, allowing them to wipe the phone clean so that it would work overseas.

During Tuesday’s raid guns were seized and the indictment says the family was known to use violence, threatening to kill in order to get their way.

The FBI says the millions in dollars generated were used for vacations and building homes in the West Bank.

 And there is this gem from the indictment:

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Abid is a derogatory term referring to blacks as slaves.

Ohio: More than twenty Muslims indicted in stolen-equipment export racket

Awad’s and Sarsour’s, part of the Awwad Criminal Enterprise. via Twenty-six indicted in stolen-equipment ring – Toledo Blade.

Stephen D. Anthony, Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cleveland office, discusses the ‘Operation Fence Line’ raids during a news conference today at the Safety Building. Toledo Police Chief George Kral looks on, left.

Twenty-six people, most of whom are Toledo residents, have been indicted in U.S. District Court for roles in a stolen-equipment ring that shipped goods to Michigan and the Middle East, the U.S. Department of Justice said today.

The items were fenced at stores in Toledo and resold elsewhere. They included stolen computers, smart phones, and other electronics. Officials said some members of the conspiracy used guns, threats, or violence as part of their work. Allegations also included illegal check cashing and selling counterfeit clothing at stores.

The announcement today at a news conference comes after authorities earlier conducted a series of raids at businesses across the city.

In one instance, FBI agents raided an apartment building in the 800 block of South Avenue near Broadway in South Toledo. Agents wearing FBI jackets were seen carrying boxes in their hands from the structure to a vehicle nearby about 7:45 a.m. Two people were taken into custody.

More: Feds indict 26 involved in Toledo-area criminal organization

In total, 26 people, most of whom are residents of Toledo, have been indicted on charges that they were involved in a scheme to sell the stolen goods, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

Indictments have been handed down to Mamoun Awwad, 43, of Maumee; Adnan Awad, 33, of Toledo; Ihab Awad, 31, of Toledo; Ayman Awwad, 42, of Maumee; Anwar Awad, 39, of Toledo; Kamal Awwad, 40, of Toledo; Fady Awwad, 34, of Toledo; Aref Kahala, 23, of Maumee; Saif Alkhatib, 23, of Perrysburg; Haney Sarsour, 36, of Dearborn, Mich.; Ameen Sarsour, 31, of Dearborn, Mich.; Michael Safadi, 37, of Westland, Mich.; Freddy Delatorre, 32, of Toledo; Jeffrey Houttekier, 24, of Toledo; Ahmed Abdulateeef, 47, of Toledo; Ehab Adbdelsalam, 22, of Toledo; Timothy Fields, 32, of Toledo; Ali Abdallah, 34, of Dearborn, Mich.; Mustafa Deebajah, 27, of Dearborn, Mich.; Essa Allawneh, age unknown, of Amman, Jordan; Adli Alawneh, age unknown, of Amman, Jordan; Omar Dari, 54, of Ann Arbor, Mich.; Mutaz Almumani, 29, hometown unknown; Fadi Qasis, 30, hometown unknown; Mayssam Kaddoura, 36, of Toledo and Jamal Abdel Aziz, 44, of Toledo.

The group is said to have comprised the ‘Awwad Criminal Enterprise’ which has been in operation for nearly a decade, transporting stolen items to Ann Arbor, Michigan and as far as Amman, Jordan in the Middle East.

“The Awwad criminal enterprise used force and intimidation to control their complex network of illegal schemes all in an effort to line their bank accounts with millions,” said FBI Special Agent Stephen D. Anthony said. “We are pleased the strength of our long standing local, state, and federal law enforcement partnerships has successfully dismantled a pervasive criminal enterprise that has plagued the citizens of Toledo and Lucas County for more than a decade.”

Officials said the large criminal organization operated a number of sophisticated schemes worth a lot of money. Stolen items, such as computers, phones, and other electronics, were fenced at a number of Toledo-area stores before being shipped out of town. Those stores included but are not limited to: Millennium Fashion, 1025 South Avenue; Millenhium Fashion, 124 Flaire Drive; Reynolds Quick Stop, 13 South Reynolds Road; South Food Mart I, 440 South Avenue; South Food Mart II, 1033 South Avenue; Express Carryout, 1920 Mulberry Street; Millennium Fashion, 3944 Secor Road; Millennium Fashion, 809 Starr Avenue; Al Habib Market, 2942 West Sylvania Avenue; and Al’s Market, 309 Crittenden Street.

Some stores also sold counterfeit good including clothing and apparel.

“It is widely-known in the community that these defendants were providing quick cash for these items without checking to see if they were stolen,” said Toledo Police Chief George Kral.

According to a 69-page federal indictment, in an attempt to launder proceeds from the sale of counterfeit and stolen goods, the ‘Awwad Family Enterprise’ is also alleged to have illegally-cashed over $11M in checks throughout their various stores from 2011 to 2014.

An investigation into the alleged ring is ongoing.

Ohio: Muslim terrorist – “I’m very dedicated to establish the sharia in America, to wage war on the kafr”

…”we will raise the banner of tawhid over the Capitol.”

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via Terror suspect: ‘I’m so dedicated I risked my whole life’ – Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV.

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) – “What would I have done? I would have took my gun, I would have put it to Obama’s head and I would have pulled the trigger. Then I would have released more bullets on the Senate and the House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli embassy and various other buildings full of kafr who want to wage war against us Muslims and shed our blood. That’s what would happen.”

Christopher Cornell said if he had not been arrested by Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents outside the Point Blank Range and Gun shop on Harrison Avenue in Colerain Township after buying firearms and 600 rounds of ammunition on Jan. 14, he would have followed through with an alleged terror plot to plant pipe bombs on the U.S. Capitol and Israeli embassy that Cornell said was organized by the Islamic State.

During the exclusive phone interview with FOX19 NOW’s Tricia Macke from the Boone County, Ky. jail on Thursday, Cornell, 20, referred to himself as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah.

“I’m with the Islamic State,” Cornell said. “I’m very dedicated to establish the Sharia in America, to wage war on the kafr (an Islamic term for ‘unbeliever’) and raise the word of Allah above all.”

“I’m so dedicated that I risked my whole life,” Cornell said.

“I believe that we should just wage jihad under our own orders and plan an attack,” Cornell allegedly told the informant, according to court documents.

“Talking about how we should raise Jihad in America. We should form groups and alliances with the Islamic State. When I say groups, I mean what you would call sleeper cells,” said Cornell.

“What do I think is coming? Many things. There will be many, many attacks. Like I said, we are ready for the battle over the Capitol.”

“We are pretty strong. Yes, yes. In every state like I said. We’re in Texas. We’re in Ohio. We’re in New York City. We’re in Washington, DC. We’re in every single state you can name, just about.”

“I’m not afraid of the punishment. You must understand this. The punishment I receive in here doesn’t come close to the punishment that people like Barack Obama is going to face,” Cornell said.


 

Miami: Muslim woman tries to crash car into airport entrance, screams in Arabic at cop claiming bomb threat

Cops immediately claim “no nexus to terrorism.”

via Honduran making false bomb threat at MIA to appear in federal court | Miami Herald Miami Herald. Note how the Miami Herald titled their piece.

h/t Answering Muslims: Honduran Muslimah Julissa Magdalena Maradiaga-Iscoa Arrested after Attack at Miami International Airport.

A Honduran woman accused of making a false bomb threat at Miami International Airport will face charges in federal court on Friday afternoon.

Julissa Magdalena Maradiaga-Iscoa attempted to drive her vehicle through the airport entrance, crashed her car into a Miami-Dade Police patrol car and screamed at officers in what was believed to be Arabic and then, in English — all before falsely claiming she had a bomb, according to authorities.

Miami-Dade police turned over the case to the FBI, which confirmed the federal charges against the 33-year-old Honduran citizen.

“At this time there appears to be no nexus to terrorism,” FBI special agent Michael Leverock said in a statement.

But there clearly was a nexus to Islam. Will the FBI continue to investigate the Arabic screaming Muslim from Honduras? (where there are many Arabs and Muslims)

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, authorities at MIA shut down the upper level departure area around Concourse D as they investigated, calling it a “security incident.”

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Maradiaga-Iscoa without Her Hijab

 Miami-Dade Detective Alvaro Zabaleta said the woman was driving a silver Toyota in the upper level in the outer loop when she “made a right turn and drove through the inner loop making an intentional attempt to breach airport security by attempting to drive her vehicle through the airport entrance.”

Zabaleta said she then crashed into the police car. When officers arrived, she screamed and said she had explosives. The upper area was evacuated. A search with dogs turned up nothing.

The airport tweeted out late Thursday afternoon that the three lanes on the upper deck were open. By Thursday evening, the area was clear and traffic was flowing smoothly, said airport spokesman Gregory Chin.


So among the tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of illegal aliens from Honduras imported by Hussein Obama, there are Muslims. Muslims who are intent on waging jihad.

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Virginia: Muslim cabbie on FBI Most Wanted Terrorist list detained in Somalia

via Virginia cabbie on FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list detained in Somalia – The Washington Post.

A Northern Virginia man who fled the United States more than two years ago and was recently placed on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list is in the custody of the Somali government, U.S. officials said.

Liban Haji Mohamed, 29, was detained shortly after prosecutors unsealed a warrant for his arrest and the FBI added him to the wanted list in late January. It is unclear how he was taken into custody or how soon he could be brought back to the United States.

The former cabdriver is charged with providing material support and resources to al-Shabab, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization allied with al-Qaeda. He is suspected of having an operational role in al-Shabab and of trying to recruit people to join the group.

When FBI officials announced his inclusion on the most-wanted list, they said Mohamed was “an asset to his terrorist associates who might plot attacks on U.S. soil.” Officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation, noted that he had detailed knowledge of potential targets in Washington.

Officials said efforts were being made to bring Mohamed back to Virginia, though there are significant logistical and diplomatic challenges. The United States does not have an extradition treaty with Somalia.

U.S. law enforcement had been attempting to track Mohamed, a naturalized U.S. citizen, before he slipped out of the country and into Mexico on July 12, 2012. The case had frustrated FBI agents who strongly believed Mohamed should have been charged with material support of terrorism while he was living in Fairfax County.

Some federal prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia were willing to do so, though they were overruled by others at the Justice Department, officials said.


In other words, Eric Holder overruled. He has turned the Justice Dept. into an enemy of the American people but the best friend any real terrorist could have.

 

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