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October 8, 2014

Chicago Arrest Provides Example Of An American’s Detailed Plan To Join ISIS

The arrest of a Chicago man for allegedly attempting to join Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) demonstrates the extent to which Americans attempting to join terror groups abroad are able to communicate with foreign contacts and formulate their travel plans.mohammed-khan-isis

Mohamed Hamzah Khan, 19, was arrested Sunday at Chicago O’Hare International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Turkey.

While many of the Americans arrested for attempting to join terrorist organizations in the past two years – including fellow Chicagoan Abdella Tounisi – have not necessarily had a well-formulated plan, Khan’s case represents an example of an individual whose efforts seem to have been informed, if not directed, by members of the terrorist group itself.

In a notebook found in his home, Khan allegedly had drawn maps of the Syria-Turkish border, with arrows showing possible crossings. He also allegedly listed steps to take, including an itinerary for a trip by bus in Turkey that would get him to that border. His knowledge of what to do in order to join ISIS likely came from online sources. According to the criminal complaint, he had received phone numbers for contact people in Syria from an individual he was allegedly in touch with online. Khan had reportedly bought a round-trip ticket to Turkey, possibly to avert suspicion.

The search of Khan’s home also allegedly uncovered an ideological affinity for ISIS. Police reportedly found a farewell note in which Khan had written, “We are all witness that the western societies are getting more immoral day by day. I do not want my kids being exposed to filth like this,” and urging his parents to join him in Syria. According to the criminal complaint filed in his case, authorities also found a notebook in his home with a drawing of a fighter with an ISIS flag and the words “Come to Jihad” written in Arabic.

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September 24, 2014

ISIS Spokesman Blames Jews For Conflict & Calls For Lone-Wolf Attacks

A speech issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s primary spokesman Abu Mohammed al-Adnani on Sunday calls for attacks against western civilians and soldiers worldwide and blames Jews for the international opposition the terrorist group is facing.isis-obama-jews

Highlighting the role that anti-Semitism continues to play in terrorist propaganda and ideology, in his speech Adnani suggests that Jews are the only reason ISIS is being confronted by U.S. military: “The jews! (sic) The jews! Save the jews! This is the reason they [the U.S.] came.” Adnani also calls President Obama a “mule of the Jews,” a statement that was further popularized by ISIS supporters on Twitter using the hashtag #Obamamulejews.

Adnani similarly claims that Arab countries including Egypt and Syria exist as “guard dogs of the jews (sic)” ensuring Israel’s security against their best interests.

Addressing ISIS supporters worldwide, Adnani calls for lone wolf attacks against civilians: “If you can kill a disbelieving American or European – especially the…French – or an Australian, or a Canadian…kill him in any manner or way however it may be. Do not ask for anyone’s advice and do not seek anyone’s verdict. Kill the disbeliever whether he is civilian or military…”

He goes on to provide examples of how this may be done:

“If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of his allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him…. If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops.”

Some of these suggestions, including the use of cars for attacks, have previously been featured in Inspire Magazine, an English-language terrorist propaganda magazine produced by Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula.

This call for attacks has already been answered. On Monday, an Algeria-based extremist group aligned with ISIS called Jund al-Khilafah kidnapped a French national, releasing a video warning that France has 24 hours to stop its air attacks or he will be murdered. A portion of the speech was quoted in the video.

The speech was shared via Twitter in three languages: English, French and Hebrew. The English and French languages were likely chosen because the U.S. and France have been the two western countries to undertake airstrikes against ISIS. The Hebrew may reflect ISIS’s views, reinforced by the speech, that Jews and Israel are also primary enemies of the group. It also reinforces allegations in the speech that the U.S. and France are acting on behalf of Jews and Israel. This may be the first ISIS speech that was initially released in Hebrew.

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September 10, 2014

Former Revolution Muslim Imam Encourages Support for ISIS

Imam Abdullah Al-Faisal, former spiritual leader of the now-defunct Revolution Muslim (RM)organization, continues to actively preach hatred and extremism online in English and now actively encourages his followers to support the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS).

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Ad for the Authentic Tauheed conference supporting ISIS

In an online conference this weekend, Al-Faisal and three other extremist, English-speaking clerics spoke for a collective 200 minutes on the theme of support for ISIS and its self-proclaimed Caliphate.

Two of the clerics who spoke in addition to Al-Faisal have also been known to incite extremism. One, Atila Ahmed from London (also known as Abu Abdullah) was reportedly sentenced to nearly seven years in prison in 2008 on charges of soliciting murder. The second, Mizanur Rahman from London (also known as Abu Baraa), was convicted of hate speech and solicitation to murder in 2006.

Remarks during the conference ranged from endorsement of ISIS to anti-Semitism and anti-LGBT statements, including:

  • “Who are those that reject the Dawla (ISIS)?…The people that claim that the sharia is not important, don’t think about the sharia, think about themselves.” (Al-Faisal)
  • “When you see that the Dawla cut off the heads of Shi’as you will think that’s extreme, these people are crazy…first of all, the classical scholars did not consider Shi’as as Muslims…you don’t know what the Shi’as believe and you don’t know why the Dawla is so harsh against the Shi’as.” (Al-Faisal)
  • “All the other groups especially in Iraq don’t have as strong a commitment to implementing Sharia as the Dawla and…Dawla is conquering town after town.” (Abu Ruqayyah)
  • “What about ourselves sitting on our backsides eating cakes and biscuits at home while they’re [ISIS fighters] struggling to bring honor to the community of Islam?”
  • “All you Muslims that vote, you have the blood of Muslims that are killed by the West on your hands… by giving your allegiance to kuffar (apostates) and the man-made laws…” (Abu Abdullah)
  •  “Did you know that they say Abu Bakr al Baghdadi is a Jew? When they accuse Abu bakr al Baghdadi of being a Jew, what are they? They are nothing but the barking dogs of jahhanam (hell).” (Al-Faisal)
  • “If you say something against the Zionist Jews or the Jews that died in the wars at the hands of Hitler and you don’t accept it, they could put you into prison. This is the freedom that the Muslims are voting for.” (Abu Abdullah)
  • “So by these they [homosexuals] are preying on our children in schools. They say the integration, the acceptance of democracy is brainwashing our children into accepting homosexuality. They’re trying to make our children like them [gay]. As you see if they’re pumping it day and night on the news on these shows all full of homosexuals and lesbians.” (Abu Abdullah)

These remarks are consistent with statements that Al-Faisal has been making via his Authentic Tauheed website and on his personal Twitter account for months.

In July, Al-Faisal copied the official ISIS version of its leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s biography in English onto his website and presented a lecture encouraging students to learn from and about Baghdadi and ISIS.  Similarly, in a July lecture posted on his site, he stated, “There is no doubt that he (Bagdadhi) is the legitimate caliph and it is incumbent upon you to give your be’ah (allegiance),” later adding, “So take up arms, take up arms, O soldiers of the Islamic State! And fight, fight!”

On his Twitter account, where this weekend’s conference was advertised, Al-Faisal’s tweets have included:

  • “The #Islamicstate has no borders because we are meant to be #mujahideen sans frontiers #ISIS” (August 20)
  • “Why should #Jews commit genocide and then play the race card to defend themselves. To me, #Hitler was right.”(September 2)

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    Via Abdullah Al-Faisal’s Twitter feed

  • “Our females make us proud by joining IS (The Islamic State, or ISIS).” (September 9)
  • “Any Mujahid [religious fighter] who doesn’t give his bayah (allegiance) to Dawla (ISIS) is a fake Jihadi and his death will b in vain. So please b warned.” (September 9)

Al-Faisal has also used Twitter conversations to encourage others to follow his views. In comments to one of his posts written on September 4, al-Faisal was asked whether the Protocols of the Elders of Zion was a “good resource to understand the zionist’s [sic] and their plan.” Al-Faisal responded, “I was taught the protocols of zion [sic] in Univ. Hence I would recommend it as an excellent source of knowledge.”

In the same conversation, Al-Faisal was asked, “Shaikh I recently became Muslim but am still in High School how do you recommend I seek knowledge?” Al-Faisal directed the asker to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and also to a link on the Authentic Tauheed site that, in summarizing principles of Islam, states, “There is a Quranic verse where Allah (SWT) pronounced Jews and Christians as Kuffar (apostates) even before the hujjah (in this context, punishment for not following Islam) was established against them.”

Prior to his support for ISIS, al-Faisal was a known supporter of al Qaeda, and once condemned Anwar al Awlaki, who afterward went on to become al Qaeda’s chief English-language propagandist, for not being radical enough.

Al-Faisal has previously been jailed for his violent preaching. In 2003, al-Faisal was sentenced in a court in London to nine years for inciting racial hatred and murder. The sentence was later reduced to seven years and in May 2007 he was paroled and deported to Jamaica.

In his UK sermons prior to his arrest, Al-Faisal encouraged Muslims who are 15 and older to get weapon training during school vacations and to assume a “jihad mentality.” In his speeches he said that non-Muslims, including Hindus and Jews, should be killed like “cockroaches.” In one lecture he said that the “filthy Jews [were] evil to the core.” In a recorded speech that was carried shortly after the September 11 attack and presented as evidence at the trial, Al-Faisal, argued that it is “permissible to drop bombs on a kuffar (apostate) nation” and that women and children who may be hurt are “collateral damage” and Muslims will “become martyrs.”

Al-Faisal’s Authentic Tauheed site, on which this weekend’s conference took place and where he regularly posts his lectures, is hosted on the PalTalk website, which bills itself as a “free videochat community.” It also maintains two Twitter feeds distinct from al-Faisal’s feed. Al-Faisal has been using the service since at least 2008. The word tauheed (sometimes spelled tawhid) is an Islamic term referring to monotheism.

Al-Faisal was perhaps best known as the spiritual guide for RM, a fringe anti-Semitic Mus­lim orga­ni­za­tion that jus­ti­fied ter­ror­ist attacks and other forms of vio­lence for many years. RM distributed al-Faisal’s CDs and posts videos of his lectures and his writings to its Web site, and donations to RM were believed to possibly support Faisal financially.

He is also believed to have played a role in the radicalization of Richard Reid, the “shoe bomber” and Jermaine Lindsay, one of the bombers behind the July 7, 2005 attacks on London’s transit system.

Abdullah Ibrahim Al-Faisal (also spelled El-Faisal) was born Trevor Forrest in Jamaica. He converted to Islam when he was 16 and moved to Britain as a young man. In 1992, after several years of studying religion in Saudi Arabia, he returned to Britain and became a preacher at the Brixton Mosque in London, where he delivered very radical speeches to crowds of up to 500 worshipers.

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