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US arrests Hezbollah operatives in Michigan, New York who planned to attack Israeli embassies

US federal authorities said they’ve interrupted efforts to identify potential terrorism targets in New York City and Panama, including US and Israeli embassies, by arresting a man in Michigan and another in New York.Court papers unsealed Thursday charge the two men with providing support to a terrorist organization.

Samer El Debek of Dearborn, Michigan, was arrested June 1 in Livonia, Michigan, while Ali Kourani was arrested in the Bronx. Both men are being held in New York City.

In a statement, authorities said the men tried to provide support to Hezbollah’s Islamic Jihad organization after receiving military training from the group.They say El Debek looked for potential targets in Panama while Kourani surveilled American targets, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City.

Acting Manhattan US Attorney Joon H. Kim said, “At the direction of his Hezbollah handlers, El Debek allegedly conducted missions in Panama to locate the US and Israeli Embassies and to assess the vulnerabilities of the Panama Canal and ships in the Canal.

“Kourani allegedly conducted surveillance of potential targets in America, including military and law enforcement facilities in New York City. Thanks to the outstanding work of the FBI and NYPD, the allegedly destructive designs of these two Hezbollah operatives have been thwarted, and they will now face justice in a Manhattan federal court.”

Kourani was arrested in the Bronx and brought before a judge for the first time last Friday. It was reported that he was born in Lebanon and in 2000, when he was only 16, received weapons training funded by Hezbollah. He legally immigrated to the United States in 2003, received a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering six years later, and later on, an MBA. During the Second Lebanon War, a house owned by his family was destroyed. He would communicated with his operators in the organization via encrypted emails.

El Debek was arrested in the city of Livonia, Michigan, and brought before a judge for the first time last Monday. It was reported that he was recruited to Hezbollah for the first time in late 2007 or early 2008, and soon thereafter, began receiving a salary from the organization until 2015. During the Second Lebanon War, he distributed an email expressing his support for Nasrallah. El Debek was trained by Hezbollah members in Lebanon on several occasions between 2008 and 2014.

It was also reported that in May 2009, Al Debek was sent by Hezbollah on a mission to Thailand. He flew from Lebanon to Malaysia, and from there, to Bangkok, in order to hide explosives that other operatives of the organization left after they discovered they were being surveilled.

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The aspiring beheader of Dearbornistan

Charges against a Muslim man in Dearborn, MI, rapidly escalated from possession of marijuana to being an ISIS supporter with plans to carry out a terror attack against a large Detroit church that holds up to 6,000 people.

WXYZ reports that Khalil Abu-Rayyan was on the FBI’s radar since May of last year when they noted suspicious activity on his social media accounts, including re-tweets of violent ISIS videos. Abu-Rayyan also put up posts of his own including photos that showed him holding weapons, gesturing his allegiance to ISIS, and standing with people dressed in camouflage.

 

At the end of last year an undercover agent began interacting with Abu-Rayyan, which is when they learned that, among other weapons, he had an AK-47 machine gun with a 40-round magazine.

The Daily Mail reports:

While on social media he told an undercover agent that he “tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it but it’s close to my job.

“One of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I brought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it.

“I practiced reloading and unloading, but my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and the mask I was going to wear.” (snip)

When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he said: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”

(Note the last statement. And to think the left wants to turn the entire country into a gun free zone – a jihadist’s paradise.)

Abu-Rayyan expressed regret that he never carried out his terror plans, stating that if he can’t “do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

In addition to his desire to shoot unarmed Christians in a church, Abu-Rayyan also stated that he wanted to murder the police officer who originally arrested him for speeding, drugs, and weapons charges, saying that he wanted to do a “martyrdom operation” and kill him. (The officer is currently in the hospital after suffering a heart attack, though the timing and cause has not been made public as far as I can tell.)

And last, but not least, Abu-Rayyan also stated that he keeps a sword in his car should he ever get into a fight, at which point he would fulfill his “dream” of beheading people.

Exhibit A for our current and future neighbors thanks to Obama, the complicit left, and the clueless right.

Hat tips: The Right Scoop, Atlas Shrugs

Charges against a Muslim man in Dearborn, MI, rapidly escalated from possession of marijuana to being an ISIS supporter with plans to carry out a terror attack against a large Detroit church that holds up to 6,000 people.

WXYZ reports that Khalil Abu-Rayyan was on the FBI’s radar since May of last year when they noted suspicious activity on his social media accounts, including re-tweets of violent ISIS videos. Abu-Rayyan also put up posts of his own including photos that showed him holding weapons, gesturing his allegiance to ISIS, and standing with people dressed in camouflage.

[Abu-Rayyan wearing the Muslim scarf of choice while making the ISIS gesture]

At the end of last year an undercover agent began interacting with Abu-Rayyan, which is when they learned that, among other weapons, he had an AK-47 machine gun with a 40-round magazine.

The Daily Mail reports:

While on social media he told an undercover agent that he “tried to shoot up a church one day. I don’t know the name of it but it’s close to my job.

“One of the biggest ones in Detroit. I had it planned out. I brought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it.

“I practiced reloading and unloading, but my dad searched my car one day and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and the mask I was going to wear.” (snip)

When investigators asked Abu-Rayyan why he allegedly wanted to target a church, he said: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there, plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church.”

(Note the last statement. And to think the left wants to turn the entire country into a gun free zone – a jihadist’s paradise.)

Abu-Rayyan expressed regret that he never carried out his terror plans, stating that if he can’t “do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

In addition to his desire to shoot unarmed Christians in a church, Abu-Rayyan also stated that he wanted to murder the police officer who originally arrested him for speeding, drugs, and weapons charges, saying that he wanted to do a “martyrdom operation” and kill him. (The officer is currently in the hospital after suffering a heart attack, though the timing and cause has not been made public as far as I can tell.)

And last, but not least, Abu-Rayyan also stated that he keeps a sword in his car should he ever get into a fight, at which point he would fulfill his “dream” of beheading people.

Exhibit A for our current and future neighbors thanks to Obama, the complicit left, and the clueless right.

Hat tips: The Right Scoop, Atlas Shrugs

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#Dearbornistan: Michigan man supports ISIS, planned attack

////Federal authorities are accusing a Dearborn Heights man of supporting Islamic State extremists and planning to “shoot up” a Detroit church.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, hasn’t been charged with terrorism-related crimes but faces federal charges of illegally having a firearm while using a controlled substance.

But a complaint unsealed Thursday in U.S. District Court reveals the FBI has been investigating him since May “regarding increasingly violent threats he has made to others about committing acts of terror and martyrdom — including brutal acts against police officers, churchgoers and others — on behalf of the foreign terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.”

Besides allegedly using Twitter to express support for the terror group — often referred to as ISIS or ISIL — Abu-Rayyan reportedly told an undercover FBI employee about a plot to target a church.

“I tried to shoot up a church one day,” Abu-Rayyan is quoted as saying in court records. “I don’t know the name of it, but it’s close to my job. It’s one of the biggest ones in Detroit. Ya, I had it planned out. I bought a bunch of bullets. I practiced a lot with it. I practiced reloading and unloading. But my dad searched my car one day, and he found everything. He found the gun and the bullets and a mask I was going to wear.”

Investigators didn’t name the church Abu-Rayyan allegedly eyed, but claim the property covers about two blocks less than half a mile from his work and can accommodate up to 6,000 members. He allegedly purchased a gun and told an undercover FBI employee that attacking a church would be “easy.”

“A lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church,” the affidavit quotes him as saying. “Plus it would make the news. Everybody would’ve heard. Honestly I regret not doing it. (If I) can’t go do jihad at the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here.”

Abu-Rayyan appeared in federal court Thursday and was detained pending a hearing on Monday, said Gina Balaya, public information officer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Detroit.

Court records show he was assigned a federal defender, who did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night. Messages left for those listed as his relatives were not returned.

“If the allegations are true, then they’re extremely troublesome,” said Dawud Walid, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations’ Michigan chapter.

He said the group is urging caution “and encouraging the broader community to also reserve judgment regarding this matter.”

The court document claims Abu-Rayyan used Twitter for “retweeting, liking and commenting” on IS propaganda since late 2014. According to the affidavit, the posts included “video of a Jordanian fighter pilot being burned alive, men being thrown from a high rise building to execute them, the beheading of Christians in Egypt and news of ISIL victories.”

In December, he communicated with an undercover FBI employee through social media; during conversations over several weeks, “Abu-Rayyan consistently expressed support for ISIL and repeatedly expressed his desire to commit a martyrdom operation,” the document read. He also said he had an AK-47 with a 40-round magazine like other extremist fighters.

The affidavit says Abu-Rayyan told the undercover FBI employee a firearm he bought in October wasn’t suitable “because it only held six shots and he would have to keep reloading.”

The next month, he “tweeted photos of himself firing an AK-47 type and AR-15 type rifles at a local firing range”; one was captioned “Sahwat hunting,” which authorities said “is a term for Iraqis who oppose ISIL.”

Federal officials said Abu-Rayyan bought a .22 caliber revolver in October from a Dearborn Heights sporting goods store but lacked a concealed pistol license. On Oct. 7, Detroit police pulled him over for speeding; inside the 2001 Buick Century, officers found marijuana. Arrested for toting the drug and carrying a concealed weapon, Abu-Rayyan was later released on bond.

On Nov. 15, the same day the pending case denied him the chance to buy another pistol, Abu-Rayyan rented a firearm at the firing range pictured on Twitter later that month, according to the affidavit.

Wayne County prosecutors charged him for the gun and marijuana; he pleaded guilty to the drug possession Jan. 15 and was scheduled for trial Feb. 16 on the weapon charge, authorities said.

Soon after he pleaded guilty, Abu-Rayyan told the undercover person he “wanted to kill the officer who arrested him.” Since the officer’s heart attack delayed a trial, Abu-Rayyan “wanted to do a martyrdom operation at the hospital, killing the police officer in the process,” according to court documents. The next day, he told the undercover FBI employee about carrying a “large knife or sword in his car” in case of a fight and said “it is my dream to behead someone,” documents allege.

The case coincides with Muslims in Michigan and nationwide facing tensions amid fears about rising extremism in the wake of the recent Paris and California attacks.

“We advise people not to jump to conclusions about what happened and wait for all of the facts to come in,” said Muzammil Ahmed, board chairman for the Michigan Muslim Community Council. “Our thoughts are with our Christian friends and congregation that were threatened. We think that isolated acts like this, if they are indeed true, are an anomaly in this area.”

The U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved GOP legislation that erected fresh hurdles for Syrian and Iraqi refugees trying to enter the United States. Gov. Rick Snyder suspended efforts to open Michigan to Syrians fleeing their country’s civil war, joining other governors in asking the federal government to examine and toughen security screenings of refugee applicants.

Soon after the shootings in San Bernardino, California, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on all Muslims entering the U.S. — a call that drew rebukes from many, yet found support among others.

CAIR’s national chapter noted that in his visit to a Baltimore-area mosque this week, President Barack Obama rejected “inexcusable political rhetoric” targeting Muslims.