The (LONG) List Of Foreign-Born
Muslims Charged With Or Convicted Of Terrorism
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, Chairman of the
Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest, has identified
at least 26 instances in which foreign-born
individuals inside the U.S. were charged with or convicted of terrorism
in the last year or so.
Here’s a sampling of incidents from that list:
– An immigrant brought here
by his family from Kuwait at a young age, and who was later approved
for U.S. citizenship, carried out the Islamist attack that recently
killed 4 military personnel in Chattanooga. (July
– An Uzbek refugee living
in Idaho was arrested and charged with providing support to a terrorist
organization, in the form of teaching terror recruits how to build
bombs. (July 2015)
– An immigrant from Ghana,
who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, pledged allegiance to
ISIS and plotted a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. (June 2015)
– An immigrant from Sudan,
who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, tried to join ISIS and
wage jihad on its behalf after having been recruited online. (June 2015)
– An Iraqi immigrant, who
later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was arrested for lying
to federal agents about pledging allegiance to ISIS and his travels to
Syria. (May 2015)
– An immigrant from Syria,
who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was accused by
federal prosecutors of planning to “go to a military base in Texas and
kill three or four American soldiers execution style.” (April 2015)
– An immigrant from Yemen,
who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, along with six other
men, was charged with conspiracy to travel to Syria and provide
material support to ISIS. (April 2015)
– An immigrant from Saudi
Arabia, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, swore allegiance
to ISIS and pledged to explode a propane tank bomb on U.S. soil. (April
– A Uzbek man in Brooklyn
encouraged other Uzbeki nationals to wage jihad on behalf of ISIS, and
raised $1,600 for the terror organization. (April 2015)
– A Kazakhstani immigrant
with lawful permanent resident status conspired to purchase a machine
gun to shoot FBI and other law enforcement agents if they prevented him
from traveling to Syria to join ISIS. (February 2015)
– A Bosnian refugee, along
with his wife and five relatives, donated money and supplies, and
smuggled arms, to terrorist organizations in Syria and Iraq. (February 2015)
– Six members of
Minnesota’s Somali-American refugee community have recently been
charged with trying to join ISIS. TheWashington Times reported that
“the effort [to resettle large groups of Somali refugees in Minnesota]
is having the unintended consequence of creating an enclave of
immigrants with high unemployment that is both stressing the state’s
safety net and creating a rich pool of potential recruiting targets for
Islamist terror groups.” (February 2015)
– A college student who
immigrated from Somalia who later applied for and received U.S.
citizenship, attempted to blow up a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in
Oregon. (October 2014)
– An immigrant from
Afghanistan, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, and a
legal permanent resident from the Philippines, were convicted for “join
Al Qaeda and the Taliban in order to kill Americans.” (September 2014)
– An immigrant from Yemen,
who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, was arrested for
trying to join ISIS. He was also charged with attempting to illegally
buy firearms to try to shoot American military personnel. (September
– A Somali immigrant with
lawful permanent resident status, along with four other Somali
nationals, is charged with leading an al-Shabaab fundraising conspiracy
in the United States, with monthly payments directed to the Somali
terrorist organization. (July 2014)
– An immigrant from
Bangladesh, who applied for and received U.S. citizenship, tried to
incite people to travel to Somalia and conduct violent jihad
against the United States. (June 2014)
– A Moroccan national who
came tot he U.S. on a student Visa was arrested for plotting to blow up
a university and federal court house. (April 2014)
– The Boston bombers were
invited in as refugees. The younger brother applied for citizenship and
was naturalized on September 11th, 2012. The older brother had a
pending application for citizenship. (April 2013)
– Two immigrants form
Pakistan, who later applied for and received U.S. citizenship, were
sentenced to decades-long prison sentences for plotting to detonate a
bomb in New York City. (2012)
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SEVENTY have been arrested in America over ISIS plots in the last 18
US authorities have
charged at least 66 men and women with ISIS-related terror plots on
American soil – including a handful of refugees, Daily Mail Online can
The terror group has
set its sights on Washington, D.C. as it vows to further infiltrate the
West and ramp up its blood-soaked offensive.
President Obama insists that
‘slamming the door’ on Syrian refugees fleeing ISIS would be a betrayal
of American values.
But 34 governors are
refusing to take in any more, in case jihadi fighters slip into their
states and repeat the carnage of Paris.
Analysis by Daily Mail Online reveals that a
handful of foiled plots have already involved immigrants accused of
harboring sympathy for ISIS.
The threat also comes
from within, with American teenagers and Islamic converts among those
seduced by the group’s torrent of chilling online propaganda.
They include a U.S.
Air Force veteran accused of waging war on the country he once served
and a National Guard soldier who allegedly plotted to gun down his own
Others are seemingly
ordinary American citizens, including a young nurse, a pizza parlor
boss and schoolgirls tricked into becoming shrouded ISIS brides.
Some have conspired to
travel or send friends abroad to link up with fundamentalist fighters
while others have planned for jihad closer to home – with Capitol Hill
among the targets for a foiled bombing raid.
The incidents detailed
here are among dozens of alleged disrupted by police and federal agents
since ISIS began to rise from the flames of the Syrian civil war.
The earliest arrest was 18 months ago.
BOSNIAN REFUGEES WHO ‘AIDED
AMERICA’S ENEMIES WITH CASH FOR EQUIPMENT’
Husband and wife ‘terror’
team: Ramic Hodzic (left) and his wife Sedina (right) both of St Louis,
MO, face trial over allegations they gathered cash to buy military
equipment for ISIS fighters in Syria
Immigrants: All six
charged in the case were from Bosnia, including Nihad Rosic (left)
and Jasminka Ramic (right), who has pleaded guilty
Codewords: According to court documents the
group conspired via phone, Facebook and email using innocuous code
words such as ‘beach’ for places like Iraq and Syria
They fled the war in
Yugoslavia to enjoy new lives in the US – but are now accused of
conspiring to help its deadliest enemies.
immigrants, three from Missouri, two from Illinois and one from New
York, were charged in February with sending money and military
equipment to extremist groups in Syria including ISIS and the Al
Qaeda-affiliated Al-Nusra Front.
Among the accused are
Ramiz Zjad Hodzic, 40 and his wife Sedina, 35, who allegedly gathered
money to purchase military uniforms and tactical gear so they could
send it to fighters in Syria.
Also facing trial are
Armin Harcevic, 37, Nihad Rosic, 26, and Mediha Medy Salkicevic, 34.
Jasminka Ramic, 42, pleaded guilty last month.
According to court
documents the group conspired via phone, Facebook and email using
innocuous code words such as ‘beach’ for places like Iraq and Syria
while using PayPal and Western Union to send funds to fanatics.
‘All six individuals
are natives of Bosnia who immigrated to the United States,’ the US
attorney’s office said in a statement announcing the charges.
‘Three have become
naturalized citizens of the United States and the remaining three have
either refugee or legal resident status.’
THE MINNESOTA ‘MARTYRS’ WHO DIED IN
BATTLE – AND THEIR SOMALI REFUGEE HOME SUPPORTER
Dead in ISIS
lands: Douglas McArthur McCain, 33, a Muslim convert who went
to school in Minneapolis (left) and Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, were both
killed in Syria
Refugee: 21-year-old Abdurahman Yasin Daud, who
was born at a refugee camp in Kenya and arrived in the US when he was
nine. He faces trial next year for supporting
left Zacharia Abdurahman, Hamza Ahmed
and Hanad Musse have all admitted conspiracy to
provide material support and attempting to provide material support to
a foreign terrorist organization
US officials suspect
around a dozen men from Minnesota have left the North Star State to
fight alongside ISIS extremists in Syria – and two have been killed.
In August 2014 Douglas
McArthur McCain, 33, a Muslim convert who went to school in
Minneapolis, became the first US citizen known to have died while
fighting for the terror outfit.
Days later the White
House confirmed that a second Minneapolis native-turned ISIS combatant,
father-of-nine Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, had also been killed.
The two deaths fueled
fears that the Midwestern state is becoming an unlikely recruiting
hot-spot for ISIS, particularly among its large community of Somali
Following a series of
raids in April, eight Somali friends were charged with conspiracy to
provide material support and attempting to provide material support to
a foreign terrorist organization.
20, Hanad Musse, 19, and Abdullahi Yusuf, 19, have all pleaded guilty
but five more suspects face trial in February.
21-year-old Abdurahman Yasin Daud, who was born at a refugee camp in
Kenya and arrived in the US when he was nine, according to the
Minnesota Star Tribune.
US AIR FORCE VETERAN ‘WHO TURNED
serviceman Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh was stopped at the Turkish
border, deported, and charged with the ultimate betrayal – wanting to
fight for ISIS
Force veteran Tairod Nathan Webster Pugh is accused of the ultimate act
of betrayal – joining the ranks of ISIS to wage war on the country he
Believed to be the
first former US serviceman to attempt to join the terror group, Pugh is
accused of trying to travel Syria to fight alongside the warped
caliphate’s fanatical armies.
The 47-year-old was an
avionics instrument system specialist from 1986 to 1990 but Federal
authorities say he converted to Islam after leaving the military and
became steadily more radical.
The FBI first learnt
of his beliefs in 2001 when a co-worker at American Airlines reported
Pugh, whose last known address was in Neptune, New Jersey, for
sympathizing with Osama bin Laden.
Pugh was blocked from
entering Turkey in January and deported to the US, where investigators
found a letter stating: ‘I am a (mujahedeen). I am a sword against the
oppressor and a shield for the oppressed.’
‘I feel bad,’ the
veteran’s aunt, Helena Pugh, 78, told the Asbury Park Press. ‘I don’t
know how he came to be the person that he is.’
GUARDSMAN AND COUSIN ‘PLANNED
Jonas Edmonds (left) planned
to use his cousin Hasan’s (right) inside knowledge of the National
Guard to kill scores at the Illinois Guard Armory, according to
Cousins Jonas and
Hasan Edmonds – a National Guard soldier – are accused of plotting a
‘Charlie Hebdo’-style raid on a military facility.
Prosecutors say the
pair planned to utilize Hasan’s inside knowledge to slaughter around
120 servicemen at the Illinois National Guard Armory.
They pair scoped out
the facility together and Hasan, 22, gathered training schedules,
building layouts and a uniform.
According to the FBI
complaint, Jonas, 29, was poised to execute the plot while Hasan headed
to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS.
Hasan was arrested
March 25 when he tried to fly from Chicago to Egypt and Jonas was
arrested the same day in Aurora, Illinois. Both men are due to stand
allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL and planned to
travel overseas to support the terrorist organization’ announced
Assistant Attorney General Carlin.
NATURALIZED PIZZA SHOP JIHADIST
WANTED TO WAGE WAR ON WEST
Plotted from his pizza
shop: Authorities say 30-year-old Mufid Elfgeeh plotted to
send three men to a ‘welcoming camp’ in Syria for jihadist education
Mufid Elfgeeh was a naturalized American citizen running a pizza and
chicken shop in Rochester, New York.
But in May 2014 he
became one of the first people on American soil to be arrested and
accused of being a recruiter for ISIS.
Authorities say the
30-year-old plotted to send three men to a ‘welcoming camp’ in Syria
for jihadist education and training.
According to the
Department of Justice he was also plotting to shoot and kill members of
the United States military who had returned from Iraq.
Elgeeh was arrested in
a Walmart parking car lot after taking possession of two guns with
silencers and ammunition.
He denies attempting
to provide material support and resources to ISIS, attempted murder,
various firearms charges and assault on three deputies involved in his
CARTOON EVENT SPARKS DEADLY SHOOTOUT
campaigner Pamela Geller made herself a prime target for Muslim
fanatics when she organized a now-infamous ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest.
Gunmen Elton Simpson,
30, and Nadir Soofi, 34, tried to storm the controversial May 3 event
in Garland, Tex. but were shot dead by police.
Moments earlier one of
the pair had tweeted a pledge of allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr
ISIS were quick to
claim responsibility for the assault, the first time the fundamentalist
movement had taken credit for an attack here – though authorities have
never confirmed their direct involvement.
The shootings echoed a
string of threats and attacks on Western satirists, artists and
bloggers who have depicted the Prophet Mohammad, most famously the
Charlie Hebdo shootings in France.
Organizers of the
‘Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest’ insisted they wanted to promote free
KNIFE-WIELDING FANATIC VOWED TO SLAY
Cornered: Usaamah Rahim was shot when he refused to drop his
Plan ‘A’ was to hunt
down and behead Geller in an apparent revenge plot over the deaths of
their fellow fanatics at her Texas event.
But after a week of
scheming, Usaamah Rahim, 26, decided his ISIS-inspired bloodlust could
not wait any longer – and vowed to kill members of ‘the thin blue line’
Faced with an imminent
threat to law enforcement, FBI and police cornered Rahim on a Boston
sidewalk on June 2 and he was fatally shot when he refused to drop his
co-conspirators David Wright, 25, of Everett, Massachusetts, and
Nicholas Rovinski, 24, of Warwick, Rhode Island, were charged with
conspiracy to provide material support to ISIS.
Wright, one of Rahim’s
relations, was also charged with conspiracy to obstruct justice.
‘It won’t end with me
or the cops,’ Geller later told NBC. ‘It’s just beginning. The one
thing that’s being ignored that came out of Garland is that ISIS is
here. Islamic terrorism is here.’
TOUGH GUY HIT GYM TO GET IN SHAPE
Seven years: Michael Todd
Wolfe, 23, (left, on his arrest, right on conviction) from Austin, TX,
will spend nearly seven years in prison after being sentenced for
trying to aid overseas terrorists
White Muslim convert
Michael Todd Wolfe yearned to play the martyr and what better place to
do it than in the killing fields of Syria.
The 23-year-old took
up running, martial arts, and began a grueling CrossFit training
program to get in shape to fight alongside his ISIS brothers.
He read up on military
maneuvers and even sought out a pair of durable glasses with a head
strap that would hold up on the battlefield, according to the Austin
Wolfe, from Austin,
Texas, planned to fly his family to Europe where he would meet an ISIS
fixer who would take them all on to Syria.
However he was
arrested at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston in June
last year when the contact turned out to be an undercover FBI agent.
Wolfe was subsequently
sentenced to nearly seven years in prison on charges that he attempted
to aid overseas terrorists.
IMMIGRANT WHO DREAMED OF SNIPER
SPREE WITH ‘ISIS’ ROUNDS
Lone wolf: Miguel Moran Diaz
wanted to scratch ISIS on shell casings, buy a sniper rifle and go on a
deadly shooting spree
Miguel Moran Diaz
called himself the ‘lone wolf’ and boasted about shooting people with
rifle shells engraved with the word ISIS.
The 46-year-old Cuban
immigrant poured out his love for the fanatical organization on
Facebook and kept a stash of weaponry despite being a convicted felon.
He asked an undercover
FBI agent to help him buy a .308 caliber bolt action rifle and
described how he would scratch ‘ISIS’ into the shell casings before
going on a shooting spree.
Diaz was jailed for
ten years in July on a firearms charge rather than a terrorism offense
– but Federal authorities were convinced of his jihadist leanings.
‘Miguel Moran Diaz was
an armed, convicted felon who harbored sympathies for the Islamic State
of Iraq and Syria,’ FBI Special Agent in Charge George L. Piro said in
a press release.
‘He called himself a
‘Lone Wolf’ for ‘ISIS.’ This is not a scenario where law enforcement
can afford to wait and see what happens next.’
THE TEEN RUNAWAYS PROMISED DISNEY
They were just three
teenage girls from Denver with a love of pop music and social media.
But when the two
sisters aged 15 and 17 skipped classes with a 16-year-old friend in
October last year, the last thing on their mind was a Justin Bieber
The trio were reported
missing and eventually arrested in Frankfurt, Germany as they
apparently traveled to Syria to join Islamic militants.
They were said to have
fallen under the spell of ISIS, with its promises of dream homes,
husbands and Disney-esque happy endings to lure young brides to Syria.
‘Social media has
played a very significant role in the recruitment of young people,’
warned FBI spokesman Kyle Loven afterwards.
youth who exist primarily on the fringes of society – they seem to be
more susceptible to this type of propaganda’.
The trio were never
named because they were treated as victims.
TARGET OBAMA: ‘I WOULD HAVE PULLED
Awaiting trial: Christopher Lee Cornell emerged from a
Cincinnati gun shop on January 14 with two M15 semi-automatic rifles
and 600 rounds of ammunition.
Christopher Lee Cornell emerged from a Cincinnati gun shop on January
14 with two M15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.
The video game fanatic
got as far as the parking lot before law enforcement agents moved in to
seize his arsenal, which the FBI says he wanted to use to mount a
terror raid on Capitol Hill.
According to court
documents, the 21-year-old Muslim convert planned to ‘build, plant and
detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol, then use firearms to
shoot and kill employees and officials,’
Cornell’s father John
told The Cincinnati Enquirer he was ‘momma’s boy’ but weeks later
Cornell rang up a TV station from his jail cell boasting about his
affiliation with ISIS and his desire to point his gun at the President.
‘I would have put it
to Obama’s head, I would have pulled the trigger,’ he told WXIX-TV.
Defense attorneys have
asked for a hearing to determine whether he is competent to stand trial.
FACEBOOK FANATIC, JUST 20, SAID ON
VIDEO: ‘I WILL KILL ANY KUFFAR’
John T. Booker Jr was
arrested April 10 as he attempting to arm a ‘1,000-pound bomb’ hidden
in a van parked near Fort Riley, a military post in Kansas.
In fact, it was a
dummy device supplied to him in an elaborate FBI sting.
According to court
documents, the 20-year-old from Topeka, Kansas wanted to slaughter
Americans on behalf of ISIS, telling an undercover agent: ‘I will kill
He also tried to
enlist in the Army, allegedly so he could carry out an ‘insider
attack’, turning his weapon on his soldiers at a firing range or
murdering them with a sword.
The Topeka, Kansas
native was denied entry and then snared by FBI agents, one posing as a
high-ranking sheikh plotting suicide attacks.
He is awaiting trial
and faces life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of
THE COLORADO JIHADI BRIDE WHO
SNEERED AT AMERICAN ‘SLUTS’
In love: Shannon Conley had
fall in love with a Tunisian she had met online and wanted to join him
in ISIS territory. Her parents said she was ‘naive’. But on social
media she called American women ‘sluts’
Nurse’s aide Shannon
Maureen Conley fell in love with an ISIS fighter online and was
arrested as she flew out to become his jihadist bride.
Colorado native had Al Qaeda literature in her luggage when she tried
to board a plane from Denver to Turkey in April 2014.
Her plan was to slip
into Syria to wed her 32-year-old Tunisian ‘suitor’ and serve as a
nurse in an ISIS camp.
Instead, Conley finds
herself behind bars after she was handed a four-year sentence by a
federal judge determined to steer others away from the terror group’s
Conley’s parents, John
and Ana Maria, described her as ‘an incredibly naive and idealistic
young woman who trusted that others were telling her the truth.’
But she revealed her
extremist views on social media, sneering at American women for
dressing ‘like sluts’ and describing herself as a ‘Slave to Allah.’
TWO REAL BAD B*****S ‘PLOTTED SECOND
Roommates Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui
allegedly stockpiled gas tanks, fertilizer and a pressure
cooker in an apparent bid to emulate Boston marathon bomber
roommates Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui are accused of plotting a
homemade bomb attack on a slain police officer’s funeral.
The two friends from
Queens, New York stockpiled gas tanks, fertilizer and a pressure cooker
in an apparent bid to emulate Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev,
Court documents say
their list of potential targets included the funeral of NYPD officer
Rafael Ramos, who was shot dead in December 2014 along with his partner
Velentzas, 28, is said
to have told an undercover agent who converted to Islam to befriend
them in 2013 that they wanted to be known as ‘citizens of the Islamic
On another occasion
she pulled out a knife, demonstrated how to stab someone – and
allegedly asked: ‘Why can’t we be some real bad bitches?’
She and Siddiqui, 31,
were arrested on April 2 before they could settle on a target but are
accused of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
TERROR IN THE TRI-STATE: FIVE HELD
supervisor Alaa Saadeh (left) and Samuel Rahamin Topaz (right) have
both pleaded guilty to terror charges. Saadeh’s brother, Nader, was
arrested in Yemen and is awaiting trial along with others.
Facing trial: Staten
Island student Fareed Mumuni, 21, is accused of helping Saleh and faces
a further charge of attempting to murder an FBI agent after he lunged
at him with a kitchen knife before his June 17 arrest.
in the New York-New Jersey-Connecticut tri-state area arrested five
members of an alleged ISIS cell on the eve of July 4 celebrations amid
fears of a pressure cooker bomb plot targeting a New York landmark.
Samuel Rahamin Topaz
of Fort Lee, New Jersey, has pleaded guilty to trying to travel abroad
to join the terror group and faces up to 20 years in jail.
lawyer says he had no role in any wider plot, however, and plans to
cooperate with authorities by telling them what his alleged
co-conspirators were up to.
Store supervisor Alaa
Saadeh, from Hudson County, New Jersey, meanwhile, pleaded guilty to
giving money and credit cards to fellow fanatics to help them travel to
Still facing trial are
his brother Nader, who was arrested in Yemen, and Queens college
student Munther Omar Saleh, 20, who had allegedly been scouring the
internet for bomb-making instructions.
Staten Island student
Fareed Mumuni, 21, is accused of helping Saleh and faces a further
charge of attempting to murder an FBI agent after he lunged at him with
a kitchen knife before his June 17 arrest.