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The report, “American Jihadist Terrorism: Combating a Complex Threat,” released by the Congressional Research Service (CRS) on Nov. 15, defines what “homegrown” terror activity is and makes policy recommendations to Congress on how to handle the threat. It also delves into specifics on each plot.
The report said the term “jihadist” describes radicalized individuals using Islam as an ideological and/or religious justification for their belief in the establishment of a global caliphate, or jurisdiction governed by a Muslim civil and religious leader known as a caliph.
A Somali refugee living in San Diego pleaded guilty in federal court Thursday to aiding four men who left Minnesota to join a Somali terror group, including one man who is suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing in the African nation in October.
Prosecutors have said Nima Yusuf conspired in Southern California and elsewhere to aid al-Shabab, an al-Qaida-linked militia trying to create an Islamic state in Somalia. As part of her plea, the 25-year-old permanent resident of the U.S. acknowledged that she agreed to help the men with money and personnel.
Muslim Americans teamed up with Occupy Wall Street protesters to march toward the New York Police headquarters Nov. 18 in a demonstration against NYPD and CIA tactics and repression of Muslim American communities.
They defended convicted terrorists as victims of entrapment and abusive treatment, including one convicted of trying to kill American troops and FBI agents in Afghanistan.
The Majority staff of the Committee on Homeland Security has conducted an investigation into the threat by al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen in Somalia, Al Qaeda’s major ally in East Africa, and its efforts to radicalize and recruit Muslim-Americans inside the U.S. The key finding is that there is a looming danger of American Shabaab fightersreturning to the U.S. to strike or helping Al Qaeda and its affiliates attack the homeland.
U.S. intelligence underestimated the Pakistani Taliban and Al Qaeda in Yemen’s capability of launching attacks here; we cannot afford to make the same mistake with Shabaab. The Majority staff interviewed dozens of current and former counterterror officials, scholars, diplomats and other experts on Shabaab and Muslim-American radicalization to reach these conclusions.
A Virginia resident and native of Pakistan pleaded guilty Friday to providing material support to Lashkar-e-Tayyiba (LeT), a designated foreign terrorist organization.
An FBI affidavit alleged that he produced and posted a propaganda video for the LeT on the Internet. The video sought to "develop support for the LeT and recruit jihadists." During the video's production phase, Ahmad communicated with a LeT operative named "Talha." Talha was later identified by Ahmad as Talha Saeed, the son of LeT leader Hafiz Mohammed Saeed.
Nima Yusuf admitted in federal court Thursday that she sent about $1450 to four men who left the United States to fight for al-Shabab. One of the men allegedly recruited a suicide bomber who carried out a terrorist attack in 2008.
Yusuf also admitted lying to FBI and Homeland Security agents who questioned her about her Somalia-related activities.
A federal jury on Tuesday found Massachusetts resident Tarek Mehanna guilty on all counts in the latest homegrown terrorism conviction.
Mehanna was convicted of four terror-related charges and three charges of lying to authorities. The charges include conspiracy to provide material support to al-Qaida, providing material support to terrorists (and conspiracy to do so), conspiracy to commit murder in a foreign country, conspiracy to make false statements to the FBI, and two counts of making false statements.
A Lansing car dealership is named among 30 around the country in a federal investigation into an alleged $480 million money laundering scheme tied to Mideast terrorist group Hezbollah, federal prosecutors said.
According to a federal lawsuit filed in New York City, Oussama Salhab, the owner of Cybamar Swiss, a Redford Township transport company, "is a Hezbollah operative" who was part of an effort to funnel part of the proceeds from car sales to the Lebanese group