ISIS Supporter Arrested for Threat to Kill Police in Ferguson

Authorities arrested Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar on Tuesday for expressing his intention to kill police officers in Ferguson. His Facebook page reportedly had posts supporting the Islamic State. Separately, it has been revealed that another American woman has joined the Islamic State in Syria.

The Islamic State and other Islamists have been fanning the flames in Ferguson, Missouri by linking riots against alleged police racism to jihad. You can watch the Clarion Project analyze the Islamic State’s reactions to Ferguson on national television here.

According to the complaint, Abdul-Jabaar wrote on Facebook on August 30, “We really need to star killing the police…OOooopppss I mean our oppressors.” He urged friends on Facebook to travel to Ferguson by his side to “give back the bullets” to police.

Direct threats were made to former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed an 18-year old African-American named Michael Brown. Riots ensued after a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

Abdul-Jabbar wrote on November 1 that he and whoever joined him would hunt down and shoot Officer Wilson. If they could not locate him, they’d target his wife. And if his wife was not found, his children would be killed.

He privately contacted someone on Facebook to ask for a gun in October.

Abdul-Jabbar did not reference Islamist beliefs in his death threats, but multiple media outlets have reviewed his now-deleted Facebook page and discovered multiple postings sympathetic to the Islamic State, including the use of what appears to be the Islamic State flag as his cover photo.

The Center for Security Policy has also discovered that his Facebook page showed he was born in Philadelphia and was a member of the Facebook group for a mosque named the Majilis Ashura of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley.

The mosque’s website prominently features a photo of the Jawala Scouts, an Islamic version of the Boy Scouts that dresses the children in military fatigue, marches them in formation and teaches them combat tactics and paintball.  The Scouts were started in 2005 by an anti-American, pro-violence Islamist group in the area called the Sankore Institute.

A YouTube video posted on November 5 by the secretary of the mosque shows students doing target practice drills. The secretary’s bio states he is also the Imam of Masjid Al-Qur’an and President of the Academy of Essential Knowledge Islamic Elementary/High School.

The mosque’s affiliation with the Jawala Scouts ties it to the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network. One of the founders of the Jawala Scouts is Kenny Gamble, a leader of the Brotherhood-affiliated Muslim Alliance in North America.

Abdul-Jabbar also was “friends” on Facebook with a page supporting Imam Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, a former member of the Black Panthers and anti-American cleric who is serving a life sentence for murdering two police officers. His mosque also sponsored an event in 2011 in honor of Imam Al-Amin.

The Center for Security Policy also saw that Abdul-Jabbar appreciates the work of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR). He posted an article from CAIR’s Washington chapter warning mosques about the supposed dangers of meeting with the FBI.

Abdul-Jabbar’s case follows the arrest of two New Black Panther Party members on November 20 for planning to kill Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch and to bomb the Gateway Arch. The New Black Panther Party is an Islamist extremist group that splintered from the Nation of Islam. 

Minister Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam, continues to encourage violence and revolution over the shooting in Ferguson. He is preaching about the “law of retaliation,” urging followers to “die for something” and telling parents to teach their children how to fight and throw Molotov cocktails.

Separately, it has been disclosed that the U.S. government has charged a Somali woman from St. Paul, Minnesota for passport fraud. The complaint states that Yusra Ismail departed the U.S. on August 21 for Norway. She is believed to now be in Syria and a member of the Islamic State.

This comes shortly after another two Americans from Minnesota were charged for aspiring to join the Islamic State. One succeeded in leaving the country.

Altogether, at least three U.S. residents have died fighting alongside the Islamic State and over 100 Americans have joined jihadist groups in Syria. Other officials have put the number as high as 300. The Pentagon believes a dozen Americans are with the Islamic State right now.

The FBI says it is monitoring nearly 150 U.S. citizens who traveled to Syria. The number of Islamic State supporters in the U.S. who have had action taken against them continues to grow. This list, which only covers this year, now includes:

  • Adam Dandach of California, who sought to join the Islamic State.
  • Shannon Maureen Conley of Colorado, who was intercepted on her way to provide medical and military assistance to the Islamic State. She became romantically involved with an Islamic State member online.
  • Michael Todd Wolfe of Texas, who wanted to join the Islamic State or Jabhat al-Nusra.
  • Nicholas Michael Teausant of California, who wanted to bomb a Los Angeles subway but instead chose to join the Islamic State;
  • Avin Marsalis Brown and Akba Jihad Jordan of North Carolina, a pair that wanted to join an unidentified jihadist group in Syria;
  • Three unidentified girls from Denver, Colorado who were caught in Germany on their way to join the Islamic State;
  • Donald Ray Morgan of North Carolina, an ex-convict who was arrested with an illegal firearm on his way to join the Islamic State;
  • Heather Coffman of Virginia, who was arrested for trying to facilitate the movement of Islamic State supporters to Syria;
  • Abdullah Yusuf of Minnesota, who was arrested for trying to join the Islamic State;
  • Mohammed Hamza Khan and two siblings who were intercepted as they tried to join the Islamic State; and
  • Jaleel Tariq Abdul-Jabbaar, an Islamic State supporter arrested for threatening to kill police officers.

Altogether, that means that 14 U.S. residents or citizens have been stopped from joining the Islamic State overseas this year. Two Islamic State supporters have been arrested for violent crimes; one is accused of trying to materially assist the Islamic State.

The Islamic State is suffering setbacks in Iraq and Syria, but there’s been no noticeable setback in its recruitment of Americans.

Ryan Mauro is ClarionProject.org’s national security analyst, a fellow with Clarion Project and an adjunct professor of homeland security. Mauro is frequently interviewed on top-tier television and radio.

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