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American Jihad: Three New Updates

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(Illustrative photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)
(Illustrative photo: ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images)

Here are three of the latest incidents of American jihad:

Authorities in Montana arrested Fabjan Alameti, 21, an Albanian national who talked about joining ISIS and avenging the massacre of 50 Muslims in New Zealand.

Alameti had been on the feds radar since 2018 after making pro-ISIS statements on Facebook and speaking to an informant about fighting with ISIS and plotting an attack in the U.S. on a military facility, recruitment center, government building, gay club or synagogue.

He was in the process of moving from New York to Montana when the New Zealand attack occurred. While on a bus, he asked the informant to send him the video of the attack to fuel him; he then vowed to “attack random people to avenge their [New Zealand Muslims’] blood.”

Alameti, who had issues with both alcohol and drugs, was arrested when he rented a M1A rifle on a gun range and was charged with possession of a firearm by an unlawful user of a controlled substance and making false statements involving international and domestic terrorism.

 

New information has come to light about the driver of the car who tried to run over two Jewish men outside a synagogue in Los Angeles last year, which prosecutors have deemed a hate crime. Mohamed Abdi Mohamed, 33, had searched online for information regarding the November 2017 attack in New York City by Sayfullo Habibullaevich Saipov, a 29-year old Uzbekistan in 2010, who used a rented truck to kill eight people and wound 11 on the Hudson River Greenway, a protected bike lane that runs along the Hudson River Park.

Mohamed had also searched for information about the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks and an anti-Semitic pamphlet was found in his apartment. A 13-inch buck knife was found in his car after the crash, making investigators suspicious that he planned to attack as many as he could with his car, then get out and stab people.

Mohamed had tried in the past to buy a gun but was denied due to suspicious behavior.

When he was arrested, his family provided medical records saying that he had schizophrenia and denied that he was an anti-Semite.

Mohamed is standing trial on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon with hate-crime allegations. He is serving as his own lawyer.

 

U.S. prosecutors have decided not to ask for the death penalty for the four of the five defendants in the New Mexico jihadi cult case who have been charged with kidnapping a toddler (the son of one of the fifth defendant). Authorities say the abduction resulted in the child’s death.

The defendants include Jany Leveille, Hujrah Wahhaj, Subhana Wahhaj, and Lucas Morton. The boy’s father, Siraj Ibn Wahhaj, was not charged with abduction (since U.S. law does not allow parents to be charged with kidnapping their own children except in international cases).

The boy, who suffered from epilepsy was denied his medicine and subjected to Islamic exorcism rituals. A search for the boy led authorities to an illegal compound the group had built on land they were squatting on in New Mexico. Other children at the compound were being trained in jihadi warfare and to carry out terror attacks, including a school attack.

The toddler’s grandfather, radical imam Siraj Wahhaj, Sr. (who is also the father of a number of the defendants) is notorious for his anti-American rhetoric and for his sermons that blend Islam and militancy. Islamist activist Linda Sarsour has described him as her mentor.

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org