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5 Arrested ‘Americans’ Wanted To Jihad

From their comrades in spirit at the New York Times:

A view of the interior of the four-room home in a government housing complex in Sargodha, Pakistan where five American Muslims were arrested by Pakistani intelligence agencies.

5 U.S. Men Arrested in Pakistan Said to Plan Jihad Training


December 11, 2009

SARGODHA, Pakistan — Five young Muslim American men arrested here Wednesday were on their way to the heart of the Taliban sanctuary in Pakistan’s tribal areas with the intention of training to fight against American troops in Afghanistan, Pakistani police authorities said Thursday.

The men, a tight circle of friends in their late teens and their 20s from the Washington suburbs, had been in contact through YouTube with a Pakistani militant with links to Al Qaeda before arriving in Pakistan on Nov. 30, said the Pakistani officials, who had firsthand knowledge of the case.

After touching down in Karachi, Pakistan’s biggest city, the men tried to join an extremist Islamic school near Karachi and approached another extremist organization, Jamaat-ud-Dawa, in the eastern city of Lahore, the officials said.

They were rebuffed in both places because of their Western demeanor and the fact that they did not speak the national language, Urdu, an investigator said

The arrests were made at a four-room home in a government housing complex belonging to an uncle of the eldest of the group, Umer Farooq, 25, according to Chief Anwar

Mr. Farooq’s parents were staying at the house at the time, and his father, Khalid, was arrested as well. The police chief said the elder Mr. Farooq knew his son and the other men were being hunted by the F.B.I. but had failed to inform the authorities.

His mother, Sabria Farooq, was interviewed Thursday at the house. She said she and her husband had emigrated to the United States 20 years ago from Sargodha and had returned in September to start a computer business, similar to the one they have in the Virginia suburbs close to Washington.

Mrs. Farooq, who was veiled and wearing a traditional shalwar kameez, said the family had informed the F.B.I. of their concern that their son had fled to Pakistan, but she did not make it clear whether they knew Umer had arrived in Sargodha…

The police identified the others arrested in Sargodha as Ramy Zamzam, 22, a dental student of Egyptian background at Howard University, who was described as a sort of “ringleader”; Waqar Khan, of Pakistani background, who was reported to have family connections in Karachi; Ahmad A. Mini, 20, born in Eritrea; and Aman Hassan Yemer, 18, a native Ethiopian.

“They are U.S. nationals,” Chief Anwar said. “They have valid U.S. passports and valid Pakistani visas.”

The five men bonded together in the jihadi cause, watching jihadist video clips on YouTube that showed attacks by the Taliban on allied forces in Afghanistan, he said. The group also maintained a common e-mail address, Chief Anwar said. Employing a technique widely used among militants, they left their comments in the “draft” box of the e-mail address so that they could all easily read the comments.

The men appeared to have come to the attention of “Saifullah” — an Islamic militant with links to Al Qaeda — through their YouTube activities, the police chief said. Saifullah traced their e mail addresses through YouTube, Chief Anwar said.

After establishing the Internet connection with the militant, the men planned their journey to Pakistan and into the tough terrain of North Waziristan, where they intended to train around the border town of Miram Shah, a headquarters of the Afghan Taliban fighting against the American and NATO forces in Afghanistan, the police said…

A Pakistani investigator, who declined to be named because he was not authorized to speak about the case, said Khalid Farooq ran a small mosque out of his home in Virginia.

The five men seemed to have plenty of money, according to the police. Mrs. Farooq said that Mr. Khan had brought $25,000 from the United States for the trip. In Karachi, the men stayed in a “good local hotel” before moving to Hyderabad, Pakistan, to make contact with a religious school there, the police said.

But their parents say they are such nice kids.

By the way, isn’t it weird what American are naming their kids?

Umer Farooq, Ramy Zamzam, Waqar Khan, Ahmad A. Mini, and Aman Hassan Yemer.

Or are we importing dangerous foreigners?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, December 10th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “5 Arrested ‘Americans’ Wanted To Jihad”

  1. canary says:

    look at Barack Obama’s mama’s naming of her son. “They are not my people!” when she’d refuse to attend Obama’s 2nd step-father Lolo, an Indonesia muslim who got a better paying job for a gas company, and Obama’s mama refused any family gatherings with white people there. Obama grew up to hate white people. His words.

    As you can’t have duel citizenship in Indonesia, and stiff requirements to carry registration card, including your religion in a country of over 90% muslim, it may have been difficult for Obama to become a U.S. citizen. No one would dare put “atheist” as a religion on their registration cards because of the previous purge of communists who mostly were atheist. Where did that lead atheists Obama & Obama’s mama? “X” next to Muslim, “X” next to Indonesian citizenship'”?
    They did celebrate the Rahamaden (sp?) , owned a Koran, and Obama did attend and study the Koran, in which he would get in trouble for making faces. Too bad they didn’t whip or stone the disrespect towards prayers. Add the veil she wore, to keep her head.

    aka Barry Obama, aka Barack Soetoro.
    there is something strange that inspite of BHO’s closest and best years of his life with Lolo, to include father of his 1 half-sister, and his mother bringing Lolo to Los Angelos CA for medical treatment which failed (years after the divorce) that BHO pretends he never knew Lolo’s last name. He did say “Lolo” meant crazy in HA.

    Obama’s half brother Mark looks “exactly” like his white mother Ruth.
    Mark was the only child the lawyers said legally could show he was a child of Obama Sr. Obama claims only inheritance were worthless rat chewed letters Sr. wrote to schools. Playing around with AKA’s could have led to doubt?

    scroll down for photo of Ruth

  2. canary says:

    Homegrown Jihad. Not sure it’s the documentary done a year or 2 ago by Christian Action Network (link below; notice new video out), but a Conservative friend of mine believes it’s their 1st documentary she’s seen a couple of times on a Christian television channel 30 in the Chicago area. It was shown in D.C. about a year ago, but received no mention in the media.
    I warned military friends at Ft. Campbell KY area of a cell approx 15 miles near the Army base. Doesn’t hurt to know your neighbors. (channels vary by providers)
    I will try to find out more.


  3. Reality Bytes says:

    Looks like teenage terrorists don’t pick up after themselves either.

  4. Tater Salad says:

    Our Attorney General, Eric “The Bug” Holder ought to give the writer of the below article a phone call for some advice it would seem.

    The Media Must Convey the True Message sent by the Jihadists

    By Tawfik Hamid


    Few hours ago, CNN has reported that Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, appeared in a video that has been made available on the internet. Gadahn was portrayed as though he had offered ‘condolences’ for innocent victims, as seen in the text below.

    “On the heels of a U.S. announcement of a massive troop surge for Afghanistan, an al Qaeda spokesman Saturday appeared to be trying to improve the group’s image in the region with a new audio message in English. Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, appeared in a 17-minute video released on Islamist online forums late Friday, offering condolences to the families of innocent people killed in al Qaeda attacks.”

    Note: For the complete CNN text, see http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/asiapcf/12/12/afghanistan.alqaeda/index.html

    It is important to note that the title used by the CNN for this topic could be perceived by many as a positive step by Al-Qaeda, yet careful observation and analysis of what has been said clearly reveals that the condolences were ONLY offered to Muslims and non Muslims were not included (see Adam Gadahn’s video statement below).

    “We express our condolences to the families of the Muslim men, women and children killed in these criminal acts and we ask Allah to have mercy on those killed and accept them as shohadaa [martyrs],” he says. “We also express the same in regard to the unintended Muslim victims of the mujahedeen’s operations against the crusaders and their allies and puppets, and to the countless faceless and nameless Muslim victims of the murderous crusades” in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Waziristan regions and Swat Valley, and elsewhere.”

    The title that fits more with what Gadahn has actually said is “Al Qaeda offers ‘condolences’ ONLY for Muslim victims” rather than “Al Qaeda offers ‘condolences’ for innocent victims”.

    Sincere condolences should be offered for all innocents who are killed irrespective of their faith. The message of Adam Gadahn was portrayed as if it is a good thing, yet in actuality it only confirmed that many Islamists do not see a need to offer condolences for innocent victims if they are non-Muslims. Failure to include non-Muslims in the condolences indicates serious disregard for the lives of non-Muslims.

    Undervaluing the lives of non-Muslims, which is taught widely within mainstream Islamic jurisprudence and various Sharia books, is one of the main factors that leads some devout Muslims to develop the mind of a terrorist that does not show respect for human lives of the ‘others’.

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