Posted on October 7, 2016

Exclusive: America’s Enemies Within – Sixty-two ISIS Attackers and ‘Plotters’ in Just a Year and More Than Half of Them Are Immigrants or Their Children

Freya Berry, Daily Mail, October 6, 2016

The growing scale of ISIS activities inside the United States is revealed in a analysis.

A total of 62 people – overwhelmingly men – have launched attacks or been accused of taking part in the Islamic terror group’s activities in just over a year.

The 62 were responsible for 48 attacks or alleged ISIS-inspired activities – from mass stabbings to attempts to send money and munitions to Syria.

The analysis of public records shows that six ISIS-inspired attackers have died and 54 have been arrested.

The figures also show that 34 of those ISIS attackers and alleged plotters were either immigrants or the children of immigrants.

They included six people who came to the U.S. as refugees from countries including Palestine and Somalia.

The number of people taken in as refugees and then accused of turning against the country which gave them sanctuary could be higher, as it was not possible to ascertain exactly how many of the alleged ISIS attackers or plotters entered America.

In total 64 people have been murdered and at least 121 wounded in the U.S. by ISIS-inspired attackers.

They included the 49 dead and 53 wounded of the Orlando nightclub attacks, as well as the 14 killed and 22 hurt by the San Bernardino shooters.

The analysis shows that 13 people linked to ISIS by the federal authorities were the children of immigrants from countries including Palestine and Pakistan.

And at least 13 were Americans who converted to Islam and took up its most extreme form.

They include a former cheerleader and the son of a senior Boston police officer, as well as an immigrant who was not deported after serving a four-year sentence for a firearms crime.

Many of those awaiting trial were caught by the FBI in stings, which the agency says is a crucial way of preventing and disrupting ISIS attacks.

Official documents reveal individuals obsessed with extremist propaganda and a myriad hate-fueled plans to slaughter fellow citizens.

The issue of how to handle the entry of immigrants and refugees has been a hot topic in the 2016 presidential race.

Earlier this month FBI director James Comey warned that as ISIS is purged from its home territory in Syria and Iraq, a ‘terrorist diaspora’ could spread across the globe.

Here are the 62 people involved in 48 separate terror-related cases in the last year identified by


Abu Khalid

Keonna Thomas is a 32-year-old mother of two from Philadelphia. She is also a religious extremist who praised ISIS on Twitter, married another extremist over Skype and eventually tried to leave America to join the terror group.

Thomas, a U.S. citizen born in Pittsburgh, allegedly plotted to leave her children and travel to Syria. But she was arrested in April 2015 as she made breakfast for her daughters, ages seven and nine — the day she planned to abandon them.

She had previously struck up an online relationship with another ISIS recruit, Abu Khalid al-Amriki.

Al-Amriki – Arabic for ‘the American’ – was formerly known as Shawn Joel Parson. The Trinidadian national lived in the States before moving to Syria in 2013. Where he rlived is unclear.

Thomas married Al-Amriki over Skype. Her online aliases included the names Fatayat Al Khilafah and ‘YoungLioness’.  She told her husband it ‘would be amazing’ to participate in a suicide attack.

‘A girl can only wish,’ she said, according to court records.

Al-Amriki was killed in a drone strike in Syria in September 2015, ISIS supporters said on Twitter.

In September this year his wife pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization.


Jaelyn Delshaun Young, 19, was a cheerleader, honors student, and the daughter of a police officer.

She left all that behind in Starkville, Mississippi when she and her fiancé, 22-year-old psychology student Muhamma Dakhlalla, attempted to join ISIS.

Dakhlalla’s mother is from New Jersey; his father, an imam, was born in Bethlehem, Palestine. The family are reported to have lived in Mississippi for decades.

The case shocked the community of Starkville. Young, born a Christian, was a convert to Islam. When a Muslim man in Tennessee shot five U.S. servicemen in July, Young messaged an undercover FBI agent saying ‘Alhamdulillah’ – an Arabic word of praise to God. ‘The numbers of supporters are growing,’ she wrote.

She was frustrated at how long her passport was taking to arrive, delaying her trip to Syria.

‘I just want to be there 🙁 #IS’ she told an undercover FBI investigator over social media. She was arrested in August last year.

Almost exactly a year later she sobbed in court as she was sentenced to 12 years in prison.

She had been facing up to 20 years. Dakhlalla received 8 years.


Enrique Marquez was apparently an ordinary 24-year-old. The Californian cycling enthusiast had worked at Walmart before becoming a doorman at a pirate-themed neighborhood bar.

In late 2011 and 2012 the Hispanic U.S. citizen bought two semiautomatic rifles. He gave those guns to his childhood friend Syed Rizwan Farook, who had helped him convert to Islam back in 2007, prosecutors say.

Three years later Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik – a Pakistani immigrant who came here on a spousal visa – used those guns to murder 14 people and seriously injure 22 more in what became known as the San Bernardino shootings.

In December 2015 Marquez was charged with being the ‘straw purchaser’ of the assault rifles and providing material support to terrorism.

He also was charged with immigration fraud, after he allegedly underwent a sham marriage with a Russian member of Farook’s extended family to get the woman legal status in America. The woman is said to have paid Marquez $200 a month for his trouble.

If found guilty the three charges together carry a total of up to 35 years in prison.


Ahmad Khan Rahami, 28, the so-called ‘chicken shop terrorist’, caused terror in New York when he allegedly planted a series of bombs last month – one of which went off.

On September 17, Rahami allegedly planted two pressure cooker bombs in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. The first blew up, injuring 29; the second never detonated.

He is accused of being the man who planted another bomb in Seaside Park, New Jersey where a 5k race for military charity was supposed to be taking place. Further bombs found at a train station in Elizabeth were also his, the Justice Department says.

He was found sleeping in a shop doorway two days later and arrested after a shootout with police. He remains hospitalized for his injuries.

Rahami was seven when he and his family moved to the U.S. from Afghanistan in the 1990s as asylum seekers. He lived in Elizabeth New Jersey, above the family’s halal chicken takeaway.

His father has said that he reported his son to the FBI two years ago, after incidents in which he threatened his mother and stabbed his brother, telling them he was watching jihadi videos.


Nicholas Young, 36, of Fairfax, Virginia was a transit police officer on Washington DC’s Metro who was reported to have converted to Islam in 2006.

The FBI started watching him after Metro Transit Police told the agency in 2010 that they had ‘concerns’ about him. He had been with the force since 2003.

Over the period of surveillance, the U.S. citizen allegedly threatened FBI agents, advised suspected terrorists and toyed with joining ISIS.

In 2014 he constructed a Jihadi John get-up for Halloween, complete with a ‘headless hostage’ as a prop; on another occasion he dressed up as a Nazi, court documents said.

The tipping point came when in 2015 he allegedly emailed an FBI informant asking for advice from ISIS commanders on how to send his money overseas.

‘[U]nfortunately I have enough flags on my name that I can’t even buy a plane ticket without little alerts ending up in someone’s hands,’ he wrote, according to federal prosecutors.

Instead he bought almost $250 in gift cards which he intended to hand to ISIS fighters. The cards would be used for purchasing mobile apps to help them communicate with each other, it is alleged.

Young in fact handed the gift cards to an FBI informant, the agency says. He was charged in August and faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.


Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab (left) allegedly described executing three Syrian government soldiers during his time with ISIS and is charged with providing support to ISIS.

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab arrived in the United States as a refugee in 2012. The 23-year-old Palestinian, who was born in Iraq, settled in Sacramento, California, in 2014.

But in between those dates he left the U.S. and traveled to Syria, arriving sometime in November 2013.  In various online accounts Al-Jayab described executing three Syrian government soldiers during his time with ISIS, it is alleged.

He returned to the United States in January. Immigration agents interviewed him in October, when he allegedly falsely said that he had gone to Turkey to visit his grandmother, and that he did not support terror groups. He now faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty of attempting to provide support to ISIS.

Al-Jayab was dubbed ‘The Hipster Terrorist’ when a photo of him sporting a beard and checked shirt emerged.

A man whom Al-Jayab had allegedly promised to recruit was also arrested. Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, of Houston, Texas, was another Iraqi-born Palestinian.

He entered the U.S. as an Iraqi refugee in 2009 and became a permanent resident in 2011. Al-Jayab taught him how to use weapons and helped him sneak into Syria, prosecutors claim.

Al Hardan faces up to 25 years in prison if found guilty of attempting to provide material support for terrorists, as well as unlawfully procuring citizenship by failing to mention his alleged ties to terror groups.


Sajmir Alimehmeti, a 22-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen from Albania, was ‘ready to f***ing go’ to join ISIS, according to federal prosecutors.

But the Bronx, New York, resident was worried about traveling to Syria as he had been twice denied entry to the United Kingdom, it is claimed.

British authorities had refused him entry when they found images on his phone of him with an ISIS flag, as well as camouflage pants and nunchucks in his luggage.

He told two men that his name was ‘already in the system’, and so he thought he needed to get a new passport, documents say. The two men were in fact FBI informants.

According to prosecutors, Alimehmeti, aka Abdul Qawii, applied for the new passport in 2015 with the excuse that his old one had been lost on a train.

But allegedly he was applying for a new one because he thought that the previous one, with its two rejection stamps from UK authorities, would attract suspicion.

In May he was charged in Manhattan federal court with passport fraud and providing support to ISIS.  He faces up to 20 years prison if found guilty of supporting a terrorist group and 10 years if guilty of passport fraud.

Court documents show his alleged enthusiasm for ISIS and say that he listened to music videos produced by the terrorist organization for inspiration, as well as for motivation while working out. One showed militants beheading prisoners.

‘He was a Bronx kid into hip hop and then it changed,’ a neighbor said.


Safya Roe Yassin

Safya Roe Yassin, of Buffalo, Missouri, had as many as 97 Twitter accounts, which she is accused of using to support ISIS and express glee at the San Bernardino shootings.

The FBI says it acted after she retweeted personal information of two agents with the statement ‘Wanted to kill’, as well as links that contained photos, addresses and even credit card information for U.S. army and State Department employees.

Another retweet of the details of 150 U.S. Air Force personnel had a quote asking followers to ‘slay them wherever you may come upon them’, prosecutors allege.

An informant had previously called the FBI to allege that Yassin had ‘become convinced that ISIL is going to save the world’.

She allegedly told the unnamed individual to divorce a non-Muslim spouse and to get rid of all dogs and non-Muslim friends.

Yassin is reported to have been born to a white mother and a father who immigrated to the U.S. from Jerusalem. She had two children, whom she home-schooled because they were bullied for being Muslim, her lawyer claimed.

The 39-year-old was charged with threatening FBI agents after being arrested in February this year.

Yassin faces up to five years imprisonment if found guilty of making ‘a communication containing a threat to injure the person of another’.


Will Skelton

Will Skelton, 23,was a cross country and basketball enthusiast who attended high school in Des Moines, Iowa.

But while a student he is reported to have become ‘obsessed’ with Islamic culture, changing his clothing and brought a prayer rug to school. At one point police were called after he bragged about having a hit list of students and a plan to blow up the school, KCCI reported.

After graduating he changed his name to Abdul Raheem Habil Ali-Skelton and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota, known as a breeding ground for ISIS recruits.

He was already facing charges of making a false statement to FBI agents when he marched into a Walgreens and allegedly threatened to ‘shoot up’ the store.

He accused a man in the store of having a relationship with his girlfriend, threatened to hit him with a bottle, and then claimed to be part of a terrorist organization and declared he would ‘blow up’ the store, it is alleged.

Ali-Skelton was already facing separate charges relating to his contact with ISIS members in Syria. He told FBI investigators he had last spoken to members back in May or June 2015, when in fact he had spoken to them in July.

He now faces three felony charges of five years each.


Mohamad Jamal Khweis

Mohamad Jamal Khweis, 26, was born in America to Palestinian immigrants. But after meeting a girl in Turkey the Alexandria, Virginia resident decided to follow her to Iraq.

And so he swapped America for Mosul – then made an extraordinary public recanting of his choice.

But life under the ISIS regime was not to his liking. He told Kurdistan 24 that life was too tough under the regime and he wanted to return to the States.

‘It was pretty hard to live in Mosul. It’s not like the Western countries, you know, it’s very strict. There’s no smoking,’ he moaned.

‘My message to the American people is that life in Mosul is really very bad. The people who control Mosul don’t represent a religion. Daesh [ISIS] does not represent a religion. I don’t see them as good Muslims.’

He added that he ‘didn’t really support’ the terrorist organization’s ideology. He escaped from the group and was later captured by Kurdish authorities in Iraq.

The video alerted the FBI to his case, and in June Khweis faced federal charges that could see a sentence of up to 20 years.

‘It’s a lot better than a prison in Erbil,’ he said, referring to the city in the Kurdistan region of Iraq where he had been held.


Azizjon Rakhmatov, 28, a citizen of Uzbekistan, was one of six men from Brooklyn, New York facing terrorism-related charges.

He hadallegedly tried to help two of the men – Akhror Saidakhmetov and falafel restaurant worker Abdurasul Juraboev – join ISIS in the Middle East.

The men had allegedly decided that if they didn’t make it abroad for jihad, they would kill President Obama or set off a bomb in Coney Island.

Both Saidakhmetov, a Kazakh national, and Juraboev, from Uzbekistan, had been granted permanent residency in the United States.

Rakhmatov and three other co-defendants – Abror Habibov, Dilkhayot Kasimov and Akmal Zakirov – were charged with funding the efforts of two other men to join ISIS in Syria.

Rakhmatov, who was arrested a year after his friends, faces up to 50 years in prison.


Faisal Mohammad, 18, stabbed four people in a rampage on a Californian college campus before he was shot down by police.

The computer science and engineering major burst into a classroom at the University of California, Merced in November and wounded four people.

‘He had a smile on his face, he was having fun,’ a construction worker who helped stop the attack told a reporter.

When it happened, authorities said nothing about a terror link and claimed it was an apparent dispute over a study group.

In fact, the FBI said, Mohammad – a Santa Clara, California resident born in the U.S. to Pakistani immigrants – had been inspired by ISIS.

Investigators found propaganda from the group on his laptop but no evidence that he was directly working with a terrorist group.


Daniel Seth Franey

Daniel Seth Franey, aka Abu Dawuud, 33, served in the Army between 2002 and 2008, and is reported to have been stationed with air defense artillery units in Texas and South Korea.

But he was officially discharged and came to the FBI’s attention after a neighbor in the small town of Montesano, Washington said he ‘regularly talked’ about his support for ISIS.

He later told an undercover agent that he had ‘deserted’ the army, FBI filings say. He served as a ‘Patriot Missile Launching Station Enhanced Operator and Maintainer’.

In February Franey, a U.S. citizen, was arrested and charged with three counts of unlawful possession of firearms and two counts of unlawful possession of machine guns. He faces up to fifty years in prison.

In an alleged FBI sting, he was said to have been secretly recorded describing terrorist Osama bin Laden as a ‘diamond’ and a ‘beautiful man’. An undercover agent is said to have supplied him with guns and cash and even took him for a road trip along the West Coast.

‘I consider myself an ISIS soldier as much as the brothers over there,’ he allegedly told the agent.


Sebastian Gregerson

Sebastian Gregerson, also known as Abdurrahman Bin Mikaayl, was apparently planning something big, it is alleged.

The 29-year-old former Target employee is from Detroit, Michigan, and a married father of twin boys. He converted to Islam after high school.

He is said to have amassed an arsenal of weapons over a period of eight months, including a range of guns and knives, commercial-grade road spikes, camouflage vests and military training videos.

He was arrested by the FBI this year after he allegedly tried to buy grenades from an undercover agent. The agency said that his weapons cache was ‘unlikely’ to be required simply for recreational use.

He has not been charged with any acts of terror, but he has been charged with possessing a destructive device and receiving explosive materials without a proper license.


Dahir Adan

Dahir Adan, a 20-year-old Somali refugee who lived in St Cloud, Minnesota, is reported to have told his family he was going to go to the mall to buy an iPhone 7.

Instead Adan went on a rampage in the Minnesota mall.

He stabbed or cut ten people in the September incident – none of them seriously – before a hero off-duty cop shot him dead.

ISIS later claimed responsibility for the attack, calling the recent college student a ‘soldier of the Islamic State’.

At least one victim said that Adan asked him if he was Muslim before stabbing him.

Adan arrived in the United States from Kenya at the age of 2 with his family.


Mohamed Amiin Ali Roble was lucky to survive when, aged 10, the Minneapolis bridge along which his school bus was driving collapsed. The bus plunged 30 feet; 13 people were killed in the 2007 accident.

In 2014 Roble received $91,564 in settlement money, most of which came from the Minnesota state government.

Just weeks later Roble, 20, who was born in the United States and lived in Minneapolis, Minnesota, flew to Istanbul. There he withdrew more than half the cash he had been awarded.

He never showed for his flight back to the United States. Instead he had allegedly gone to Syria, with his uncle Abdi Nur.

The bridge settlement money allegedly went towards buying vehicles for ISIS. As of August, he and his uncle now face terror charges; nine other Minnesota men have already been convicted.

Roble, who is of Somali descent, is believed to be still alive and fighting in Syria.


Jackson, a 31-year-old U.S. citizen, was fired for his viewing activity, but the FBI charged him in July with falsely denying these activities to agents. He faces up to five years in prison.


Gregory Hubbard, aka Jibreel, 52, was an ex-Marine and a sculptor born in Albany, New York. Dayne Antani Christian was also arrested. They were charged in July with trying to provide help to ISIS

‘Sometimes you just have to cut heads off’ is what Gregory Hubbard, 52, allegedly told an FBI informant.

Hubbard, aka Jibreel, was an ex-Marine and a sculptor born in Albany, New York. He and two friends, all from Palm Beach County, Florida, are said to have referred to ISIS as ‘the soccer team’ and talked about ‘playing soccer’ when they discussed joining it.

The three men – all U.S. citizens – were charged in July with trying to provide help to ISIS.

Hubbard was arrested at Miami airport after allegedly telling an FBI informant that he wanted to join ISIS in Syria.

The friend who drove him to the airport, Darren Arness Jackson – also known as Daoud, 50 – was also arrested, as was Dayne Antani Christian, 31, also known as Shakur.

They are awaiting trial.


Elias Gebreweit Isaac, a 27-year-old from Santa Rosa, California, had been out of prison for just two weeks when he was hauled before law enforcement once again.

Police said that Isaac had told them he wanted to join ISIS and threatened to confront them with a gun if he wasn’t deported.

Why he was not deported after the felony sentence is unclear – but Santa Rosa is the seat of Sonoma County, which has ‘sanctuary’ status, meaning it does not fully co-operate with federal immigration enforcement laws.

Isaac was born in Sudan but left as a four-year-old child.

He had just finished serving four years for illegally possessing a firearm, for which he was released in July.

Isaac is reported to have appeared in court shackled to a wheelchair in case of further outbursts.

‘They were pure thoughts,’ his lawyer told a judge. ‘No acts.’


Edward Archer emptied his stolen police handgun as he fired at Officer Jesse Hartnett.

Edward Archer, 30, is accused of firing round after round at Philadelphia police officer Jesse Hartnett in January.

The security guard and American citizen, who was on parole for another offense at the time, emptied his stolen police-issued handgun as he fired at Hartnett, prosecutors say. He even reached through the car window to shoot Hartnett again.

Three of the 11 bullets hit Hartnett. Although badly wounded, Hartnett managed to chase Archer and shot him in the buttocks.

Archer later told police he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State, it is alleged.

The attack took place just four days before Archer was due to appear at a hearing for an armed assault that took place a few blocks from the shooting in January 2012. He had pleaded guilty.

Archer had previously spent time in prison and may have had a prison conversion to Islam, CBS news reported.

Police said Archer, from Yeadon, Philadelphia, attacked because ‘the police defend laws that he believes are contrary to Islam’.

He faces a range of charges including attempted murder, aggravated assault and a weapons offense.


Haris Qamar, 25, was a storage company worker from Burke, Virginia.

In his spare time he was also a fervent ISIS supporter, tweeting praise from over 60 accounts with handles including the term ‘newerajihadi’, it is alleged.

He also built up a list of landmarks in Washington D.C. and took photos of them which he thought would be used in a video to encourage attacks, prosecutors say.

‘Bye bye DC, stupid ass kufar, kill’em all,’ he allegedly said, using a derogatory Arabic term for non-Muslims.

He talked about how he would ‘make a slurpee’ out of the blood of Sunni Muslims whom he said blamed their women for being raped.  ‘Stick a f***ing knife and just make a slurpee out of their blood,’ he told an informant, documentssay.

In 2014 Brooklyn-born Qamar tried to join ISIS but his parents took away his passport, he allegedly told an FBI informant. He also told the informant that he loved ‘bodies, blood and beheadings’, court filings show.

Qamar is also accused of saying that he watched a video of the murder of a Kurdish person, and recalled liking the ‘cracking sound made when the individual’s spinal cord was torn’.

He faces up to 20 years in prison on charges of conspiring to provide support to ISIS.


Captain Robert Ciccolo was one of the first responders to the 2013 Boston marathon bombing, which killed three and wounded over 200.

That didn’t stop his 23-year-old son Alexander, of Adams, Massachusetts, from allegedly planning a copycat attack. He planned to attack a college, and built up a weapons cache and constructed bombs in his apartment, prosecutors say.

Ciccolo, an Islamic convert with a long history of mental illness and who allegedly called America ‘Satan’, was observed by the FBI buying at least one pressure cooker at a Walmart. Pressure cooker bombs were used to devastating effect at the Marathon bombings, killing three and injuring 264.

His parents, from whom he is estranged, turned him over to police after noticing suspicious activity. He was arrested in July last year.


Justin Nojan Sullivan, 19, is accused of murdering his neighbor as part of the opening stages of a plot to kill as many as 1,000 people with an assault rifle.

The convert from Morganton, North Carolina, is alleged to have stolen his stepfather’s gun then  killed John Bailey Clark, 74, and buried him in a shallow grave.

He planned to use money he stole from the dead man to buy an assault weapon, federal prosecutors allege.

He later told an FBI informant that he was ready to kill as many as 1,000 people using an assault rifle and silencer, charging documents allege.

‘I liked [ISIS] from the beginning, then I started thinking about death and stuff so I became Muslim,’ Sullivan allegedly told an undercover law enforcement officer.

He also offered the informant money to kill his own parents after they discovered a silencer in the post, it is claimed.

His stepfather turned him in after a 911 call in which he told the operator he and his wife were ‘scared to leave the house’.

‘I don’t know if it is ISIS or what, but he is destroying Buddhas, and figurines, and stuff,’ Sullivan’s stepfather said.

He faces federal charges totaling 76 years’ imprisonment. A North Carolina district attorney, David Learner, also said in March that he would try Sullivan’s alleged murder of Clark as a capital case.


Anthony Garver, 28, was in a psychiatric hospital after he tortured a woman to death while on the run from probation.

Yet somehow the serial convict and fugitive slipped from authorities’ hands again in April and fled to the woods near his mother’s home in Spokane, WA.

Garver was being held in a state psychiatric hospital after the death of 20-year-old Phillipa Evans-Lopez.

He was confined to the hospital after the state dropped murder charges against him, because he was found to be too delusional to assist his lawyer.

Court documents allege he had a fascination with ISIS and planned to blow up an unspecified state building. He had also tried to learn Arabic in the past.

He escaped the institution and spent two days hiding in the woods near his mother’s home before he was captured by authorities.

His mother called 911 after seeing him approach the house, but SWAT teams, U.S. Marshals, helicopters and dogs were at first unable to catch him.

Garver’s victim, Evans-Lopez, was tied to a bed with electrical cords and stabbed around a dozen times.

She died in 2013 after Garver failed to check in with his probation officer. He had just finished serving time for the illegal possession of 100 rounds of Russian ammunition.


‘This is serious, dog,’ was what James Gonzalo Medina, 40, allegedly told an FBI informant who asked if he wanted to go through with his plans to bomb a Jewish center.

Medina, a homeless man from Hollywood, Florida, allegedly planned to bomb the center, which included a synagogue and a school.

He also told an informer he wanted to make a leaflet to be left at the scene to ‘make it look like it’s ISIS here in America’, the FBI say.

But New York-born Medina, who claimed to be a convert to Islam, was arrested after allegedly accepting a fake bomb from an agent.

He began his court appearance in May by announcing ‘I got a few words of my own, it was reported.

‘My name is James Medina, aka James Mohammed.’

The judge advised it might be better for him to keep his mouth shut as his words could be used against him.


Yusuf Wehelie, 25, from Fairfax, Virginia, was arrested in July after attempting to fly to Minneapolis. His lawyer said he was going to stay with an aunt for a basketball tournament.

The FBI thought differently – Wehelie had allegedly told undercover agents that he ‘would love to jihad’, and discussed plans to go abroad or attack the military in the States. He also laughed as he watched a video of an ISIS member breaking someone’s neck.

Wehelie , who was born in the U.S. to Somali immigrants, came to national attention when he and his brother Yahye were detained in Cairo six years ago.

Yusuf said he was blindfolded, chained to a wall and beaten up by Egyptian police before being allowed to return to the U.S. His brother was sent home after more than two months.

Wehelie was arrested on a weapons charge, after an undercover agent allegedly paid him to transport four machine guns from Maryland to Virginia.

There is no evidence that Wehelie, who cannot own a gun because of a 2011 burglary conviction, discussed terrorism with the agent in connection with those guns or until after that job was over.


Convicted child sex offender Joshua Van Haften, 34, was arrested at O’Hare airport in Chicago. He was allegedly trying to travel to Turkey and join ISIS by slipping through the border to Syria.

A former roommate of Van Haften, who is from Madison, Wisconsin, told FBI officials that he had made comments referring to jihad.

The roommate said that when he asked Van Haften to explain, he allegedly folded a $100 bill to make it look like the World Trade Center, destroyed in the 9/11 attacks. He is also said to have folded another bill to look like a missile.

Van Haften, who converted to Islam ‘several years ago’ according to his mother, faces up to 15 years in prison for trying to provide support to ISIS.


Wasil Farooqui was just 20 when in August he allegedly attacked a couple with a knife as they were entering their apartment building in Roanoke, Virginia.

He is reported to have shouted ‘Allahu akbar’, or ‘God is great’, in a random attack apparently inspired by ISIS.

The man managed to fight Farooqui off. Authorities initially believed he was trying to behead him, although a police spokeswoman later said that may not have been the case.

Both victims were hospitalized. Police arrested Farooqui after he went to hospital seeking treatment for injuries of his own.

According to jail records, his victims suffered ‘permanent impairment’. The man had lacerations all over his body, including his neck.

Farooqui, who was born in the United States, had previously tried to sneak into Syria for terrorist training, court documents say.


Erick Jamal Hendricks and Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem were in contact with the ‘cartoon attackers’

Erick Jamal Hendricks, 35, of Charlotte, North Carolina faces up to 15 years in prison for allegedly trying to set up an ISIS terror cell in the state.

Among those he contacted were Illinois-born Elton Simpson and Nadir Hamid Soofi, who was born in Texas and educated in Pakistan, federal prosecutors say.

Those two were killed as they attempted to storm a ‘Draw Muhammad’ contest in Texas in May 2015, organized by American Freedom Defense Initiative director Pamela Geller.

‘If you see that pig [meaning Geller] make your “voice” heard against her,’ Hendricks, an African-American U.S. citizen, allegedly told the duo.

Another man associated with the ‘cartoon attackers’ has also been imprisoned. Abdul Malik Abdul Kareem, 44, an American-born Muslim convert from Phoenix, was found guilty of providing material support to ISIS by helping Simpson and Soofi. He faces at least 45 years in prison.


Emanuel Lutchman

Emanuel Lutchman, 25, planned to massacre New Year’s Eve revelers with a machete at a restaurant in his town of Rochester in upstate New York.

Lutchman, who has mental health problems and has previously attempted suicide, had already spent five years in prison for separate charges.

While a prisoner he converted to Islam. His grandmother told the Democrat and Chronicle that Lutchman did this because another inmate had attempted to rape him and he needed protection.

His father also said he converted for protection.

‘He was a Blood, then he was a Crip, now he’s a Muslim,’ he told NBC4 New York.

At one point he was asked to become an FBI informant but he declined the offer, his grandmother said.

Lutchman, a U.S. citizen who said he was in contact with ISIS members, was caught in an FBI sting. He had no money – so an undercover agent paid $40 at a Walmart to buy knives, a machete, duct tape and ski masks.

A video was seized in which Lutchman swore allegiance to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

He pleaded guilty to conspiring to provide support to ISIS in August and faces up to 20 years in prison.


Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, planned to attack a church in the name of ISIS ‘because it’s easy’ and ‘it would make the news’.

But he was prevented from carrying out his plot after his father discovered a gun, bullets and a mask in his car, authorities say.

The Dearborn Heights, Detroit resident, who is of Jordanian descent, was indicted for firearms charges in October rather than for terrorism.

He was charged for lying on an ATF form as he tried to buy a gun and for having a weapon while a regular user of marijuana.

Abu-Rayyan’s lawyer told the court that his client was manipulated and seduced by an undercover FBI agent. He said Abu-Rayyan had been ‘lying and boasting’ in order to impress the agent, who had posed as a 19-year-old Sunni Muslim.

The lawyer said the Detroit native worked hard at his dad’s pizza place in the city. But according to court documents Abu-Rayyan said he would target a church, because ‘it’s easy and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus, it would make the news.’

He was sentenced to two years’ probation.


Adam Dandach, aka Fadi Fadi Dandach, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment in July after he was prevented from boarding a flight to Turkey.

The U.S. citizen, 22, and Islamic convert admitted to FBI agents that he was trying to get to Syria, and had planned to use charity work as a cover to enter the country.

Prosecutors told the judge that Dandach, of Orange, California, had in fact planned to help ‘with blood shed, not…charity’. He pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to ISIS and making a false statement in a passport application.

His lawyers said that California-born Dandach had a difficult family life and had suffered physical, mental and sexual abuse from his father, who was eventually deported to Lebanon.

‘I do not seek pity or sympathy. I only seek empathy,’ Dandach told the judge. ‘All that I wish is for the opportunity to redeem myself.’


Munir Abdulkader

Munir Abdulkader, 21, from Eritrea, became a U.S. citizen in 2006. A decade later he pleaded guilty to charges of plotting to kill an American military employee and attack a local police station in Ohio.

He intended to abduct the employee at home, video their execution, and then attack the police station using firearms and Molotov cocktails.

While studying at college in West Chester, Ohio, Abdulkader – who had a cousin who had been killed fighting for ISIS – told an informant and members of the terror group overseas of his plans.

Abdulkader was also a regular tweeter and posted an ISIS training video and expressed his support for the terrorist organization.

He faces up to 20 years in prison.


Mohamed Bailor Jalloh

Mohamed Bailor Jalloh, 26, was a member of the Virginia National Guard. He held the rank of specialist in the 276th Engineer Battalion, 91st Troop Command as a combat engineer.

A refugee from Sierra Leone, the naturalized U.S. citizen from Sterling, Virginia decided to quit after listening to online lectures by American Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlak.

He left with an honorable discharge.

But Jalloh was arrested in July this year after an FBI informant recorded him apparently supporting acts of violence.

‘I just want to live a good Muslim life and die as a Shaheed,’ he allegedly said, using an Arabic word for ‘martyr’.

He is also accused of saying that Mohammed Yousef Abdulaziz – the gunman who killed four U.S. Marines and a Navy sailor in a terrorist attack in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in 2015 – was a ‘very good man’.

Jalloh helped the undercover source procure money and weapons, supposedly for helping ISIS, prosecutors say; they also say he was aided in providing $500 of cash to another undercover agent, whom he believed to be a member of the terrorist group.

He was arrested after buying a rifle and faces up to 20 years in prison.

His family have protested the charges, claiming it was racial profiling. ‘He is just another Mohamed that got set up,’ his brother Chernor Jalloh told The Intercept.


Mahin Khan, an 18-year-old from Tucson, Arizona, allegedly tried to buy weapons including pipe bombs and pressure cooker bombs.

Authorities said Khan had written emails to an alleged member of the Pakistan Taliban, seeking weapons and instructions for a homemade explosive.

He was arrested in July on suspicion of planning an act of terror at a Motor Vehicle Division office. He pleaded not guilty.

Khan’s parents released a statement pleading that their son has mental health problems and could not have carried out the crimes he is accused of planning.

‘Although he is now 18 years old, Mahin’s mental age according to mental health professionals is less than 13,’ they said. ‘…He simply does not have the mental capacity to carry out the horrendous acts he is being accused of planning.’


Akram Musleh

The FBI first encountered 18-year-old Akram Musleh through his YouTube page. The teen, from Brownsburg, Indiana, had posted videos of Al Qaeda American preacher of hate Anwar al-Awlaki.

Musleh said he was trying to learn about Islam using the videos, but allegedly he was studying to join ISIS. He posted a picture of himself with an ISIS flag and FBI agents also observed him shopping for pressure cookers at a local Walmart.

In June 2016 he was stopped at a Greyhound bus station in Indianapolis. He was trying to get to Morocco and go on to join ISIS from there, it is claimed.

He told law enforcers that he has a fiancée in Sweden – she is believed to be an ISIS sympathizer.

He faces up to 20 years in jail. Mike Pence, Indiana governor and Donald Trump’s running mate, said ‘there is no doubt that Indiana is a safer place’ following Musleh’s arrest.


Amin al-Baroudi, aka Abu al-Jud, is a Syrian-born naturalized U.S. citizen who wanted to overthrow the Assad government in his homeland.

The 50-year-old former resident of Irvine, California, spent thousands of dollars along with his co-conspirators on equipment including sniper rifle scopes and night vision goggles. He transported the goods to Syria by taking flights to Turkey.

He sent the equipment to Ahrar al-Sham, a group which is trying to replace the Assad regime with an Islamic state. But his supplies violated America’s sanctions against Syria.

He pleaded guilty in January to violating U.S. sanctions against Syria. In June he was sentenced to 32 months in prison.


Nicholas Michael Teausant

Nicholas Michael Teausant, 22, wanted to join ISIS. Unlike many of his fellow jihad wannabes who were arrested at American airports, the U.S. citizen, from Acampo, California, tried going via Canada.

But even that route didn’t work. Teausant, whom prosecutors said was ‘fixated on violence’, was arrested near the border in 2014. This June he was sentenced to 12 years in prison.


Mohammed Hamzah Khan

Mohammed Hamzah Khan, from Bolingbrook, Illinois, was 19 when FBI agents entered his home and asked his parents if they knew where their five children were.

Khan’s parents, who were born in India, thought they were sleeping. In fact, FBI agents had arrested their three oldest children at O’Hare International Airport. They are said to have been trying to get to Turkey to join ISIS.

Mohammed, the oldest, has been indicted on terrorism charges. He pleaded guilty and faces up to 15 years in prison. His brother, then 16, and sister, 17, were not charged and are in counselling, according to NBC.

His parents said it was not like the son they knew.

‘Someone online brainwashed them into all of these ideas,’ Khan’s mother Zarine said. ‘This is not how Hamzah and my children are…They were really into watching Ninja Turtle cartoons.’


Ali Shukri Amin, a 17-year-old Sudanese refugee who came to America as a one year old, had not sought to join the terrorist organization in Syria; instead he had tweeted advice and encouragement. His Twitter handle had over 7,000 tweets and 4,000 followers.

He even got into an online spat with a State Department Twitter feed after officials referred to the 9/11 attacks as killing ‘innocent’ people – a term he disputed.

The teen, from Manassas, Virginia, was sentenced in August last year to 136 months in prison for providing support to ISIS.

That included advising ISIS members on how to use online currency Bitcoin to secretly fund the organization, and trying to help recruits travel to Syria – including Reza Niknejad, an 18-year-old from Prince William County, Virginia, who was also caught and charged.

‘Today’s sentencing demonstrates that those who use social media as a tool to provide support and resources to ISIL [the official term for ISIS] will be identified and prosecuted with no less vigilance than those who travel to take up arms with ISIL,’ prosecutors said of Amin’s sentence.


Jalil Ibn Ameer Aziz was not a colonel. He was a 19-year-old American-born citizen from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who like to call himself ‘Colonel Shami’ online.

He had ‘at least’ 57 Twitter accounts that prosecutors claim he used to spew hatred.

‘Know O Obama that we are coming to America and know that we will sever your head in the White House,’ he allegedly tweeted at one point.

‘#KillAllKufar#KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar  #KillAllKufar #KillAllKufar,’ he is said to have written in another.

He also allegedly discussed buying teenage Yazidi women as slaves with other users online.

He was indicted in December 2015 under charges of conspiring to provide support to ISIS and faces up to 20 years in prison if found guilty.


In 2015 Mohamed Elshinawy of Edgewood, Maryland – also known as ‘Mo Jo’ – accepted $4,000 via Western Union transfers from a childhood friend.

That friend also happened to be an ISIS operative in Egypt. When questioned by the FBI, Elshinawy, 30, allegedly said he was not planning a terrorist attack, but rather saw the transfer as an opportunity to take money from ‘thieves’.

[He] felt the FBI should reward him for what he had done,’ FBI documents allege.

Elshinawy allegedly received at least $8,700 from people he believed were ISIS members, and then lied about the money to the FBI.

Elshinawy, who was born in Egypt but is an American citizen, was arrested in December. He faces up to 31 years in prison if guilty.


Joseph Hassan Farrokh, a 28-year-old from Woodbridge, Virginia, was arrested in January for attempting to travel to Syria in order to join ISIS.

The man who drove him, Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, was also arrested.

Farrokh’s father is a Muslim of Iranian descent while his mother was Christian. Farrokh told the judge that he only converted to Islam in 2013 and became radicalized last year after meeting Elhassan and watching ISIS propaganda online. Elhassan is a 25-year-old permanent U.S. resident born in Sudan.

Farookh allegedly asked an FBI informant for help with his travel plans. He gave notice at his work and told his family that he was going to Saudi Arabia to study.

He told another informant that he would style his beard to appear more American and so escape scrutiny by airport security. But he was arrested at the gate, and in July received a sentence of 8.5 years in prison for conspiring to provide material support to ISIS.

Elhassan has been charged with aiding and abetting Farrokh’s attempt.


Nader Elhuzayel, whose parents are Palestinian immigrants, deposited stolen checks into three different bank accounts in order to fund his journey to join the terror group, the FBI says.

Two men from Anaheim, California tried to finance their trips to Syria through illicit means.

Nader Elhuzayel and Muhanad Badawi, both aged 25, were allegedly trying to join ISIS but were arrested last year and convicted in June.

Elhuzayel, whose parents are Palestinian immigrants, is a dual citizen of the U.S. and Israel.

Although his mother described him as ‘Muslim, but not very religious’, he used the ISIS flag as his Facebook profile picture and is accused of depositing stolen checks into three different bank accounts in order to fund his journey to join the terror group.

Sudanese-born Badawi meanwhile immigrated to California with his family just under a decade ago.

He used federal financial aid to buy a plane ticket to Tel Aviv for Elhuzayel, while his own Facebook account talked about wanting to join the organization’s fight.

Agents put listening devices in Badawi’s family’s cars and arrested the duo in May 2015.

Elhuzayel was found guilty of attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State and sentenced to 30 years. Badawi was convicted of aiding and abetting the attempt to provide material support.


Maalik Alim Jones is accused of leaving to join militant group Al-Shabaab in Somalia in 2011. Among the skills that the former Baltimore, Maryland, resident is said to have learned were how to use an AK-47 and firing rocket-propelled grenades.

He was arrested by Somali forces while trying to get to Yemen and eventually handed over to U.S. authorities.

In January the 31-year-old Muslim was indicted on five criminal counts for his relationship with the terrorist group. He faces life in prison.


In 2014 Arafat M. Nagi, aged 42, bought military combat gear, including a machete, night vision goggles and a hunting knife, and made two trips to Turkey, prosecutors claim.

The American-born son of Yemeni immigrants also pledged allegiance to ISIS and its leader.

In 2015 he allegedly decided to join ISIS in Syria. But in July of that year his plans were thwarted by officials.

Authorities said Nagi was a friend and associate of several members of the Lackawanna Six, a group of six Yemeni-American men who went to Afghanistan to train with al-Queda prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

Nagi, who lived in Lackawanna, New York, was reported to have been arrested in 2013 for threatening to behead his daughter.

Nagi told the court that he used to work delivering medication to pharmacies but had been unemployed since 2009 after an injury. He described himself as disabled although he never signed up for disability payments.

He faces up to 15 years in prison.