Most Terrorist Incidents in the Past Five Years Committed by Foreign-Born Individuals

Janice Kephart, CIS, April 19, 2013

According to the Terrorist Screening Center, 98 percent of the approximately 550,000 individuals on the terrorist watchlist are foreign-born. Roughly 10,000 to 20,000 on the watchlist reside within the United States. It is therefore not surprising that four of the 13 most notorious terrorism arrests since 2009 involved naturalized U.S. citizens. Five cases involved native-born U.S. citizens, while eight involved foreign nationals (it appears the Boston Marathon bombing included two foreign-born brothers), all of whom had received multiple U.S. immigration benefits. What follows is not a comprehensive list, but it does reflect the most significant U.S.-based terrorist incidents since 2009.

Illegal Overstays

February 2012: Amine el-Khalifi, a 29-year-old Moroccan man arrested for an attempted suicide bombing two blocks from the Capitol building while exiting the parking garage at the Labor Department. He thought he had a suicide bomb vest and an automatic weapon. He had been living in the United States since he was 16 as an illegal immigrant, having overstayed his tourist visa.

September 2009: Hosam Smadi, a 19-year Jordanian illegal overstay by a year, attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb to destroy a 1.2 million-square-foot, 60-story Dallas office building.

Multi-Entry Visa

December 2009: Umar Farouq Abdulmutallab, a Nigerian with a multi-entry visa to the United States and prior travel into the country for a religious conference, detonated a malfunctioning explosive on board an international flight about to land in Detroit on Christmas Day.

Legal Permanent Residents

April 2013: Tamerlan Tsarnaev, 26, the alleged bomber of the Boston Marathon who was killed during a manhunt during the early morning hours of April 19, and his brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (see below), are believed to have used two homemade bombs that killed three and injured about 175 individuals aged five to 78. Both had come to the United States 10 years ago from Chechnya as refugees. Tamerlan was reportedly a legal permanent resident. U.S. law requires asylum and refugee applicants to apply for legal permanent residence within one year of arrival.

September 2009: Najibullah Zazi, an Afghan legal permanent resident residing in the United States since 1999, conspired to conduct suicide bombings (with others) on four rush-hour New York City subway lines on or near the 9/11 anniversary. The conspiracy had operational support from Al Qaeda abroad and explosives materials were stockpiled.

U.S. Citizens (Naturalized)

April 2013: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, 19, reportedly a naturalized citizen who conspired with his brother, Tamerlan Tsarnaev (see above), to bomb the Boston Marathon. He is currently on the run from the authorities.

November 2010: Mohamed Osman Mohamud, a 19-year-old Somali-born U.S. citizen, attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb during a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore. He had told undercover agents he had dreamed since he was 15 of a “spectacular fireworks show” where he hoped all would be dead or wounded.

October 2010: Farooque Ahmed, a Pakistani-born immigrant who grew up on Staten Island and became a U.S. citizen at 17, conspired to bomb four Metro subway stations near the Pentagon in Virginia — Arlington Cemetery, Pentagon City Mall, Crystal City, and Court House — and a Washington, DC, hotel. Ahmed had conducted extensive surveillance and drawn up plans.

May 2010: Faisal Shahzad, a Pakistani-born U.S. citizen, detonated a “vehicle-borne explosive device” that malfunctioned in Times Square. He came to the United States in 1997 (likely on a tourist visa), but did not acquire a student F-1 visa until 1998. In 2002, he acquired an H-1B worker visa. In 2004, in an arranged marriage in Pakistan, he wed a U.S. citizen of Pakistani descent. In 2006, he became a legal permanent resident and in April 2009, just before the terrorist attempt, he acquired citizenship. His American passport enabled him to attempt to flee the country in May without concern of jeopardizing his legal status or calling attention to himself while his naturalization application was still pending.

U.S. Citizens (Native-Born)

December 2010: Antonio Martinez, an Islamic convert, attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb in front of a military recruiting center near Baltimore, Md.

November 2009: Nidal Malik Hasan, born to Jordanian immigrants of Palestinian descent, killed 13 soldiers and wounded 43 others in a shooting spree at Fort Hood, Texas.

October 2009: David Coleman Headley, of Pakistani descent, was arrested as a surveillance accomplice for the 2008 Mumbai (Bombay) terrorist attacks that killed over 160 people.

September 2009: Michael Finton, an Islamic convert, attempted to detonate what he thought was a car bomb in front of a federal government building in Springfield, Ill.

June 2009: Carlos Bledsoe, an Islamic convert, killed one soldier and wounded another at a military recruiting station in Little Rock, Ark.

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In 2010, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center confirmed the identity of 4,876 alleged terrorists who had encounters — usually for reasons unrelated to terrorism — with law enforcement.

For the full CIS Memorandum detailing the fact that 98 percent of the terrorist watchlist, which also includes Americans, are foreign-born individuals, see “Administrative Amnesty and the Thousands of Watchlisted Terrorists Residing in the United States“.

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  • bigone4u

    Liberals deny the fact that most terrorists are foreign born, pointing out Tim McVeigh and Eric Rudolph, and then going on to claim that Christians are the world’s biggest threat. Then when foreigners get violent, it’s America’s fault. Poor Tamerlan had no American friends, so we must shoulder the moral responsibility for his outburst or at least try to understand it. Liberalism really is a fantasy world of mental illness and self loathing. I wish I knew how to cure the disease because it’s going to kill this country if it’s not cured.

    • The__Bobster

      Challenge them to name more than two right-wing American terrorists and their wells run dry.

      • bigone4u

        I am a thorn in the side of liberals over at Huff Po. It’s so easy to knock the stuffing out the straw men they create out of nothing over there.

      • Greg Thomas

        Yes, and they have to go back 20+ years to find those, when I only have to go back 24 hours to find an example of some muslim blowing something up in the name of their allah.

      • Hunter Morrow

        Off the top of my head

        Bruder Schweigen/The Order (Never mentioned even though it is fits all the White-bashing criteria)

        Theodore Kaczynski, Unabomber, though he is White he is more far left.

        Eric Rudolph

        Timothy McVeigh

        Scott Roeder (Killed an abortionist) and a fistfull of shooting and bombing attacks and attempts against abortionists and their clinics over 40 years.

        That is about it, really. The oldest one is 1983/1984 and is really the only one that to my mind fits the bill of organized, professional terrorism. Everything is basically crazy, Lone Wolf people with too much time on their hands. Yeah, there have been attacks against abortionists by Christians in America but there is nothing like an organization called LTA/Late Term Anti-Abortionists that routinely targets them and attacks them on even just something as tiny as a yearly basis.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      But, but…! Everybody knows that most mass murderers are in fact WHITE. The RACIST main-stream media however NEVER EVER calls attention to their race due to WHITE MALE PRIVILEGE.

      • bigone4u

        Thanks for the link. The Cultural Marxists are as crazy as ever.

  • Meanwhile, 99.9% of the Boston democrat liberals are still not convinced. They will still be voting democrat next year.

    • JohnEngelman

      Right now Republicans are competing with Democrats to see who can open the gates of immigration wider. The only whites the GOP cares about are rich whites.

      • David Ashton

        So how will you use your solitary vote next time?

  • Secret Tribunal

    Reporting on immigrant crime is a xenophobic Hate Crime against global democracy and human rights, but mostly against anti White privilege immigration policies.

    Whites are required to believe that dark skinned immigration is a national imperative.

    Folks, does it ever hit you that we are never turning back this hell-tide and our future is worse than we are imagining? The time for complaining is over. The time for preparing is now.

  • The__Bobster

    And yet no one in the media dares to ask the government why it continues to import terrorists.

    • fakeemail

      The govt clearly wants us outnumbered, in fear, and in need of more of their gracious “protection.” More cheap labor, more cheap votes, more reasons to assume greater power, more reasons to tax. . .this kind of treason/tyranny makes ole King George look like the greatest of American patriots.

      • NYB

        The globalized money doesn’t care about collateral damage on the road to their dictatorship of the plutocracy.

      • rightrightright

        But do you get cheap labour or even any labour out of muslims? In the UK, 50% of muslim males and 75% of their females are unemployed and living off benefits.

  • dd121

    I’m shocked. Shocked I tell you. Imagine, we’re mostly attacked by foreign Islamists.


    They kept attacking Byzantine citizens until they finally gave up allowing Muslim Armies to conquer them. Now its white America’s turn.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    Once again, stereotypes reflect reality. Most terrorists really are Muslim. The sky really is blue.

  • JohnEngelman

    It seems like nearly all of them are Muslims.

    • Bossman

      Why are Muslims so hypnotized by the teachings of Mohammed?. Are they just stupid? Islam is full of religious superstitions even more so than Christianity.

      • Sloppo

        1400 years of inbreeding has created the mentality that works best for islam

      • Jefferson

        Islam is a religion for bat $hit crazy people. That religion attracts some extremely mentally insane fanatics.

        A high percentage of Islam’s followers belong in a straight jacket.

  • tech

    These are isolated events…nothing to jump to conclusions about.

  • Jefferson

    Diversity can be quite deadly. Diversity killed an 8 year old White child in Boston last week.

  • NeanderthalDNA

    “According to the Terrorist Screening Center, 98 percent of the approximately 550,000 individuals on the terrorist watchlist are foreign-born. Roughly 10,000 to 20,000 on the watchlist reside within the United States. It is therefore not surprising that four of the 13 most notorious terrorism arrests since 2009 involved naturalized U.S. citizens.”

    Let’s hope it’s a native born white guy, eh SIROTA?

    Hope? Better to pray. 2% chance is pretty long odds.

    Hey, anyone following that bizarre ricin thing? Talk about White native born fruits n’ nuts! INNOCENT native born White fruits n’ nuts, though, who appear to be getting terrorized by their own incompetent affirmative action ridden gubbamint. “OOOOOHH! We gots us some real native born white boys we can scapegoat and pin this on! OOOOOO!”

    But no, apparently our gubbamint is too incompetent to pin a crime on a convenient scapegoat, much less catch whoever really did it. If anybody did…

    Oh and angry Whites who are thinking of going all “Turner Diaries”…buy more guns, stock up on ammo, all that, sure, but…

    Wait a little…morons given enough rope, almost invariably end up hanging themselves…lets give them the chance before we give them an excuse…

  • Hunter Morrow

    Anybody who wasn’t a Muslim was a converted Muslim and go ahead and tell that to half the country. You’re a “religious bigot.”

  • guest

    If this list of imports doesn’t sway a crusader for open borders, what will?

  • Dumb racist

    Americans have killed, raped, maimed and tortured 10 times as many innocent people in iraq, vietnam, korea, japan, afghanistan, pakistan and yemen. Yet racist whites will always selectively edit out all the genocides they perpetrate and only talk about the lone fanatic islamic fundamentalist who kills 3 people at a marathon. Amren and whites are dumb racists.