While the left constantly protests President Trump’s every move, the homegrown jihadists are on the march. We’re so distracted that we’ve forgotten about the war against radical Islamic extremism….Did you know there were 9 cases just last month of wannabe terrorists who were apprehended?
One of latest cases caught our eye because it was in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. How many Syrians live in York, South Carolina? Was this kid a refugee? This young man was serious about his desire to be a jihadi and fight with ISIS…Authorities say he told an undercover agent he wanted to torture an American and would attack a U.S. site if he couldn’t get out of the country…Scary! This teen has been a serious wannabe terrorist since he was 16! He slipped through the cracks and is now in trouble again.
There was no information on his family background except that he grew up in York, South Carolina but lives in the Charleston area now:
A 19-year old Lowcountry man was arrested a second time for trying to join a Middle Eastern terrorist organization. He was first arrested at 16. He wanted to kill police, American soldiers and anyone else who got in his way, court and parole board testimony showed. He was paroled and was just arrested again. This kid is a ticking time bomb…
Court documents say Zakaryia Abdin of Ladson is set to appear on Aug. 8 in a federal courtroom in downtown Charleston for a hearing, according to WCBD of Mount Pleasant. The 19-year-old originally pleaded not guilty to charges of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, or ISIS. Read more: Charlotte Observer
“Cases of homegrown Islamist extremism in the U.S. continue to be an issue of concern,” according to the House Homeland Security Committee’s monthly report of terrorism in America, which has been tracking an increase in homegrown jihadists for some time. “Since 2013, there have been 154 homegrown jihadist cases in the United States” from at least 30 different states.
The information highlights the ongoing threat posed by rogue jihadists influenced by international terror groups, but not necessarily directly tied to them, which makes these would-be attackers more difficult to track for federal authorities.
The committee’s monthly report has tracked an uptick in this activity for some time, highlighting the federal government’s difficulty in thwarting terror plots across America. Domestic terror threats in the United States also have grown due to an even greater number of Western jihadists operating in Europe, where it is much easier to travel freely into the United States.
At least nine would-be jihadists were arrested or convicted of terror plots in June alone, amounting to more than one per week, according to the House report.
On June 20 alone, three would-be jihadists either pleaded guilty or were sentenced to providing material support to jihadists. The terrorists were in New York City, Ohio, and Alabama.
Domestic terror convictions and sentencing also occurred on June 1, June 4, June 11, June 13, June 21, and June 25, according to the report.
At least 10 plots were foiled in Europe over the same period.
A full list of those arrested and convicted in June, as well as a summary of other Western terror plots can be found in the committee’s full report, found here.