A British-born ISIS fighter seen smiling in a video taken before he blew up a suicide bomb in an attack on Iraqi forces in Mosul is a former Guantanamo detainee who left his homeland to join the so-called Islamic State two years ago.
Ronald Fiddler, known as Jamal Udeen Al-Harith, detonated a car bomb at an Iraqi army base in Tal Gaysum, the BBC reports.
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Tuesday, February 21,
Missouri Jihadi Mohammed Junaid Al Amreeki Indicted
Robert Lorenzo Hester, Jr., 25, of Jefferson City, Missouri, was charged in a criminal complaint with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), a designated foreign terrorist organization. Hester was charged in federal court based on his role in making preparations to launch a terrorist attack with persons he believed were associated with ISIS, who were actually undercover law enforcement personnel.
The announcement was made by Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security Mary B. McCord, U.S. Attorney Tammy Dickinson for the Western District of Missouri and Special Agent in Charge Eric Jackson of the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office.
“As alleged in the complaint, Robert Lorenzo Hester, Jr. attempted to provide material support to ISIS by participating in what he believed would be a deadly attack committed in the name of the foreign terrorist organization,” said Acting Assistant Attorney General McCord. “Countering terrorist threats remains the highest priority of the National Security Division, and we will continue our efforts to identify and hold accountable those who seek to commit acts of terrorism within our borders.”
“First on social media, then during face-to-face meetings with an undercover FBI employee, this defendant repeatedly expressed his intent to engage in acts of violent jihad against the United States,” said U.S. Attorney Dickson. “He believed he was part of an ISIS-sponsored terrorist attack that would result in the deaths and injuries of many innocent victims. He readily participated in the preparations for an attack, provided materials and resources for an attack and voiced his intent to carry out an attack. I commend the FBI for protecting the public from a security threat.”
“Terrorism knows no demographic boundaries and remains the FBI’s top priority,” said Special Agent in Charge Jackson. “The arrest of Hester is the culmination of an extensive FBI investigation and demonstrates the challenges law enforcement faces in identifying individuals intent on causing harm.”
Hester, who remains in federal custody, was arrested on February 17, when he arrived at an arranged meeting with an undercover law enforcement employee. The criminal complaint was signed on Sunday and made public today, when Hester made his initial court appearance.
According to an affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, throughout the investigation, Hester expressed his interest in and exhibited his willingness to commit violence in support of ISIS – and he attempted to provide material support to ISIS by assisting in what he believed would be a murderous terrorist bombing and gunfire attack committed in the name of the foreign terrorist organization.
Hester is a U.S. citizen who was born in Missouri. He was enlisted in the U.S. Army for less than a year, receiving a general discharge from service in mid-2013.
FBI agents undertook a review of Hester’s publicly available posts on multiple social media accounts in September 2016. On Oct. 3, 2016, Hester was arrested by the Columbia, Missouri, Police Department in an unrelated case and remained in state custody until he was released on bond on Oct. 13, 2016. His bond conditions included electronic monitoring. While Hester was being monitored, FBI undercover employees maintained regular contact with him via an encrypted messaging app and text messages, and met with him on several occasions.
On January 24, Hester pleaded guilty in state court to property damage and unlawful use of a weapon and was released on his own recognizance. Hester was no longer on electronic monitoring after that date. FBI undercover personnel continued to meet in person with Hester and communicate with him electronically.
Hester agreed to meet again with an FBI undercover employee on February 17. When Hester arrived for that meeting, he was arrested. Hester was the sole subject of this undercover investigation.
According to the affidavit, the investigation began when the FBI became aware (through multiple confidential sources) of Hester’s social media posts, in which he expressed animus towards the U.S. and suggested an adherence to radical Islamic ideology and a propensity for violence. Hester used several online aliases, including “Mohammed Junaid Al Amreeki,” “Junaid Muhammad,” “Rabbani Junaid Muhammad,” “Rami Talib” and “Ali Talib Muhammad.”
On Oct. 3, 2016, Hester was arrested by Columbia police officers after an incident in the parking lot of a grocery store. Hester, who appeared to be in an argument with his wife, threw a folded pocket knife through a plate-glass window near the entrance of the store. When store employees confronted Hester, he assumed an aggressive stance and forcefully placed his hand into the diaper bag he was carrying in a manner that appeared to be reaching for a weapon. Police officers later recovered a 9mm handgun from the diaper bag. Hester was in custody until Oct. 13, 2016, when he was released on bond and placed on electronic monitoring.
On Oct. 15, 2016, two days after Hester’s release on bond, an FBI employee using an undercover identity contacted Hester by private message. The FBI employee had accepted a friend request from Hester the day before Hester was arrested for the grocery store incident. They continued to communicate via social media, text and an encrypted messaging app, the affidavit says, during which Hester presented himself as a security threat, stating, for example, that the U.S. government should be “overthrown,” and suggesting “hitting” the government “hard,” while noting that it would not be “a one man job.” Hester identified categories of potential targets for attack and said he wanted a “global jihad.” Hester stated that he was trying to find like-minded people to help. When the undercover employee mentioned “brothers,” Hester said he wanted to meet them.
Hester then established that he would act on the statements he made online. In early November 2016, the affidavit says, Hester made arrangements with the undercover employee – whom he never met in person – to meet with “one of the brothers.” The undercover employee arranged this meeting with another undercover FBI employee.
During a January 31 meeting, the undercover employee provided Hester with a list of items to purchase, including 9-volt batteries, duct tape, copper wire and roofing nails. The undercover employee implied that these items would be used to make bombs, the affidavit says, stating that those materials are needed “to make … things … to bring some kind of destruction.” Hester allegedly responded by stating: “I’m just ready to help. I’m ready to help any way I can.” When the undercover employee stated that what they were planning was “going to bring them to their knees … and then they gonna know to fear Allah,” Hester expressed his anticipation by stating: “I can’t wait. I can’t wait.”
Hester and the undercover employee agreed to meet again at Hester’s residence the next day. When the undercover employee arrived, the affidavit says, Hester gave him the items he had purchased. The undercover employee told Hester they were planning something “10 times more” than the Boston Marathon bombing, and Hester expressed his approval. The undercover employee told Hester that they were planning on “killing a lot of people.” The undercover employee told Hester that he could “walk away,” the affidavit says, but Hester said, “I’m down.” The undercover employee told Hester they were going to “wage all kinda war,” and Hester again expressed his approval.
The undercover employee then pulled back blankets in the back of the SUV to show Hester three AK-47 style rifles and two .45-caliber handguns. The undercover employee told Hester that, while they had plenty of firearms, they needed more ammunition. Hester stated that he could not purchase ammunition because of his state charges, but that he had a friend that could get ammunition for him. Hester stated that he would have money to purchase ammunition after he received his tax refund and after he was paid in a couple of weeks.
The undercover employee also opened a backpack, which contained pieces of pipe with end caps attached in the manner of pipe bombs, along with cord-like safety fuse, stating, “these are bombs right here.” The undercover employee explained that the duct tape Hester provided would be used to tape the bombs together, which Hester acknowledged, and that the nails Hester provided would “cut peoples’ heads off.” Hester responded: “Oh yeah. I know,” indicating that he understood the nails were to be used as shrapnel for bombs.
The undercover employee stated that they had more backpacks that they were going to put in different locations. Hester acknowledged that he understood, and stated that they had to be smarter than the Boston Marathon bombers. Hester again confirmed that he was “down,” the affidavit says, and that he understood they had to “lay low” and act in a manner to avoid detection.
The undercover employee stated that they were going to “strike fear in all these infidel hearts,” and Hester responded that he agreed and that he was ready.
According to the affidavit, Hester contacted the first undercover employee via text message on February 2, and indicated he would “have some more stuff … in a couple of weeks when I get paid.” Hester asked the undercover employee, “When you talk to the brother again let him know I’ll have some more gifts in a couple of weeks.”
On February 4, 6, 7, 11 and 16 Hester communicated with an undercover employee via an encrypted messaging app. Hester said that he was excited, that he was “happy to be part” of it, and that it was “time they answer for their atrocities.” Hester predicted that it was “going to be a good day for Muslims worldwide.” Hester asked how the “party plan” was coming along and reiterated that he would get more “supplies.” The undercover employee told Hester that the “party” would take place on Presidents’ Day and that the targets of the operation would include busses, trains and a train station in Kansas City. Hester said, according to the affidavit, that it felt “good to help strike back at the true terrorist.”
On February 17, Hester met again with the second undercover employee and brought two additional boxes of roofing nails. Hester accompanied the undercover employee to a nearby storage facility, where the two examined the security cameras. Hester was arrested shortly thereafter.
The charge contained in this complaint and the assertions in the supporting affidavit are simply an accusation, and not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in a court of law.
This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Brian P. Casey and David Raskin, with the assistance of Trial Attorney Jennifer Levy of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.
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I'll bet it is known that he was a Hillary or Bernie supporter and they are conveniently leaving that out. I don't know this for a fact...but the fact that his political affiliation is left out says democrat affiliated to me.
http://www.wral.com/cary-man-charged-with-online-threat-to-non-muslims/16542723/ This was on Instapundit recently. Wasn't there a North Carolina jihadi named Samir Khan that got droned? Any connection?
Unknown right wing extremists have picked up on Islamic culture, ulating and shouting Allahu Ackbar at the police after they rioted.
I guess trying to make Muslims look bad or something because the media and all my leftwing friends tell me this is a Russian Troll disinformation operation and there were no riots and if they were they were all Nazis.
I'm so glad I didn't get any silly ideas about Islam or poor helpless refugees doing mean stuff to their host countries. I mean that would be just pushing Islamophobic narratives. Far be it from me to engage in that sort of bigotry.
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Maybe..... Prius owner come back from Anti Trump rally with partner ...only to find battery powered car burnt to ground by Crazed Muslim immigrants......Ha ha, I laugh to myself.........
Counter-terrorism police are investigating claims a primary school headteacher has been forced to work from home after death threats from Muslim parents who hate her western values.
Trish O'Donnell, head of Clarksfield Primary School in Oldham, has endured 'harassment and intimidation' in the form of 'aggressive verbal abuse' and 'threats to blow up her car' from parents pushing conservative Muslim ideals.
It is feared they are making a 'Trojan Horse' attempt to Islamicise the school.
One can only hope the Brits still have enough Brit in them to decipher the above reference before it's too late.
OH WTF am I kidding, it's already too late.
The school is mostly filled with Pakistani pupils who do not speak English as a first language. A section of its website titled British values only read: 'coming soon'.
Parents have complained the way she dresses is 'unsuitable' and that pictures of her daughters in her office are 'offensive'.
I've an idea, send them back to the madrassa in that shithole they call Pakistan.
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Brit? What's a Brit? Some thing in past history? Now referred to as Britlamics. Poor people they know not what they do.
Imperial Good News! Terrorist Omar Abdel Rahman Drops Dead in Federal Prison
Omar Abdel Rahman was a member of Egyptian Islamic Jihad when Ayman al-Zawahiri ran that organization. He later emigrated to the United States where he engaged in Jihadi against America from the inside.
Omar Abdel Rahman, the Egyptian-born “blind sheikh” and spiritual leader who was convicted in 1995 of being a mastermind of terrorist plots against the United States, and who was called the “godfather” of radical Islamist movements, died Feb. 18 at a federal prison in Butner, N.C., where he was serving a life sentence. He was 78.
Kenneth McKoy, a Bureau of Prisons official, confirmed the death to the Associated Press. The cause was diabetes and heart disease.
Abdel Rahman, who was blind from an early age, had denounced secular tendencies in other Muslims since the 1960s and was linked for decades with extremist Islamist circles in Egypt and abroad. He was twice acquitted of helping plot the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat — whom he denounced as “not a Muslim” — and built an alliance with al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden while living in Afghanistan in the 1980s.
After moving to the United States in 1990, Abdel Rahman preached at storefront mosques in Brooklyn and New Jersey, and came under federal scrutiny after a 1993 bombing at the World Trade Center left six people dead and more than 1,000 injured.
Serowski, founder of JVS Masonry in Commerce City, Colorado, said his message to them was clear and unwavering:
"If you're going to stand up for what you believe in you have to be willing to pay the price."
As promised, when his foreman and some 30 brick layers failed to show up for work he fired them all with no regrets, he said.
Rumors that those 30 openings were filled by sundown could not be confirmed.
Bill McNally, owner of "I Don't Care Bar and Grill" in Catoosa, Oklahoma, said his 12 line cooks gave him no heads up that they planned to participate in the day of action. They didn't even call to say they were not coming in.
Consequently, he said they were fired just like anyone else who's a no-show for work.
"I'm on their side but we have rules at "I Don't Care Bar and Grill." If you're going to be late call in. If you're not coming to work call us. That's the American way," he said.
Six of the fired Hispanic immigrant workers told CNN affiliate KTUL they felt they had been unfairly terminated. They wanted to stand in solidarity with other immigrants but they did not think it would cost them their jobs, a translator for the group told KTUL.
Thinking, its something people should consider now and then.
I would have joined them, but I was fresh out of vacation days.
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Thinking is something that should be done before, not after.
They should have more of those "solidarity" days. Then they could also be in solidarity out of work. Then, IF, we could keep them from getting all the "free" (tax payer provided) "entitlements", they might go back to whence they came.
I didn't fire my two Mexicans. They showed up for work as usual. DAMN IT!
They showed up as usual. So I gave them the day off. Here in Los Unitos Estatos we call it called loyalty Pancho. Had they not showed up they would have been fired regardless of how much my family cares for them. It's a right and wrong thing. I will not be controlled by the threats of others. And yea. I'll feed my own cattle.
Proud UC San Diego Hitler Youth Supporter Advocates Genocide
Are you shocked that the Muslim Student Association at UC San Diego holds a Hitler Youth week? Or that this proud Muslim Student Association activist advocates collecting all the Jews in Israel so they don't have to hunt them down world wide?
After all that's all the Palestinians want is a Jew free Palestine. All Hitler really wanted was a Jew free Germany.
So imagine that. Lets suppose a Palestinian gets a job in Sweden and moves and puts his house up for sale. A Jew makes the best offer and sells the property.
All fair right? Wrong, they will call this "settlement" or stealing the land from Muslims. But what they really are are racist haters of Jews. They are all for selling the land and taking the money. But what they are against is Jews.
Its not about so called Zionists nor any of the other excuses Jew Haters use, they hate Jews pure and simple and want to commit the ultimate genocide.
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She wants him to prove that her organization, the muzzlum student assoc., is not associated with the muzzlum brotherhood. Yes i can of course prove a scret negative: you have a terrorist scarf, a terrorist head dress and a terrorist name. Also you are a bitch.
DdMeow is correct. YouTube (show more) indicates "At UCSD 5/10/2010" however izzlam has not changed much since 800 AD so neither has their attitudes of seven years ago. In depth research would show that she is still fugly.
According to the liberal left Donald Trump is a horrible person because he doesn't want unfettered Islam immigration to America.
Which means they prefer to have Muslims like these students here instead of President Trump. Way to go demorats. Way to go. Once again you have proven that your politics is more important than the future of America. And don't believe this is merely a Jewish thing. It's just that Jews make themselves the easiest victims by their own making.
Perhaps GORK can tell us. There must be a reason. I hate (yes hate) Muslim immigrants to my country. So I have a reason. That being they are bad for the future of my country. So I hate them. If they would stop coming here I wouldn't hate them. What I'm saying is that they give me reason. The Jews? Not so much. They just dress funny. Hard to hate someone because they dress funny.
To all liberals, Muslims and Black Lives Matter people. This blog desperately needs your input. We need someone to argue with and calls names. You know talk about your mama and stuff like that. Stand up assholes. It's getting boring without you.
Love'd it. These media players have long ago turned the news into political agendas. As such, Americans can't trust them to tell the news and nothing but the news. I'm for making false news reports a felony. I also think Trump should kick a lot of these "gotcha" reporters out of press meetings like yesterday. If the liberal left cries about it, so what? They whine about everything anyway.
It is amazing how these people scream and scream but NEVER can refute the facts about their religion which is really just a political ideology of world domination. Poor brainwashed women...they never learn until their heads are rolling across a floor in some third world Muslim sheet-hole!
Milo is famous for poking at sleeping giants. Islam is one of them. It is not a new giant. It's significantly older than our country and it has been a boil on the ass of humanity for a very long time. Since we can't change it, I only ask that people would stop importing it.
Many Islamist believe that their religion trumps any secular laws. Well, I have an answer to that: It's called the second amendment. Come after anyone for being something you don't like and I will defend myself, my friends, and my neighbors, and my country.
The first rule of any society is to be civil. Milo, for all his talk, is still civil. I wish I could say the same for them.
No one has ever explained to me why America should be taking these people to being with.
Middle East problems should stay in the Middle East. I believe the problems between Israel and Muslims expanding very soon. The Muslims blame much of their problems with Israel on the United States. So bringing Muslims to America is nothing but a stupid move.
Another thing. WE HAVE PLENTY OF PEOPLE ALREADY. We are experiencing a population explosion mostly as a direct result of immigration.
Now that its obvious various agency personnel are leaking information, its time for Trump to clean out all the questionable people in those jobs - starting with every obama appointee in the upper rungs and then take a serious look at the others those ones promoted.
Flynn was bounced for not being totally truthful with the Vice President. Trump really didn't have much to do with it. He merely showed his loyalty to the head of his staff. Beyond that I can't see where Flynn did anything wrong. Lying to the FBI is a crime. One that happens at least 1000 times a day. That is if that's what Flynn did.
I'm far more concerned with the person who was spying on Flynn while he was a private citizen. Then making it public. What happens if Trump and his staff has a meeting about North Korea? Whoever did this needs to be hunted down and prosecuted severely.
It looks like this was a sting operation to clear out the Obama/Clinton/Soros moles. False info was given to the suspects at Dept of State, and maybe even CIA, and which false stories showed up in the press were proof of guilt. It's an old trick to catch spies and leakers. Tillerson subsequently fired almost all of the Senior Staff on the 7th floor at State. Getting rid of the rats. The Swamp is being drained.
Passengers on Saturday's San Francisco-bound flight took to social media to express concerns after the pilot spoke to them about her divorce and the presidential election, among other issues.
One passenger, whose Twitter bio identified him as Randy Reiss from San Francisco, tweeted that the pilot called Hillary Clinton and President Donald Trump "a**holes" and, at one point, said that she was going "to be on Oprah."
Some passengers said on social media that they got off the plane. Another pilot was brought in and the flight took off about two hours later, Hobart said.
Oh well, back to the drawing board.
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Libels? Bad. Liberals from California. Horrible. Stay away from them. The life you save may be your own.
Pakistani judge has banned Valentine's Day celebrations in the country's capital, saying they are against Islamic teachings.
Court official Niaz Saleh says the judge ruled Monday on a petition seeking to ban public celebrations in Islamabad. He says the order has been sent to Pakistan's media regulator to ensure a blackout on any Valentine's Day promotions in print or electronic media. A spokesman for the regulator could not immediately be reached for comment.
Islamist and right-wing parties in Pakistan view Valentine's Day as vulgar Western import.
I mean its almost as if Islam is not a message from God at all but the rantings of a Middle Eastern Warlord, slaveholder stuff?
Anyway got that, A man of God, St. Valentine married young people who were in love. So that they could fulfil God's command and have their union blessed.
This is "vulgar" under Islam? So under Islam God's will and marriage based on free will are "vulgar".