Comforting: Syria-trained American suicide bomber traveled to U.S. undetected

posted at 8:41 am on July 31, 2014 by Noah Rothman

Moner Mohammad Abusalha, or Abu Hurayra al-Amriki if you prefer his nom de guerre, has the distinction of being the first American national to blow himself up in the name of Islamic jihad.

Abusalha, 22, trained for weeks with the Syrian al-Nusra Front, a Syrian opposition militant organization publicly allied with al-Qaeda. On May 25, the American jihadist took a truck laden with explosives and drove it to a Syrian army base in Jabal al-Arbaeen where he detonated that device.

Abusalha was just one of several Americans believed to be fighting in the Middle East with a number of fundamentalist militant groups, but he enjoys another distinction that The New York Times revealed on Wednesday: the aspiring American suicide bomber and committed jihadist also managed to travel from that volatile region to the United States undetected.

The Times reassures its readers by noting that Abusalha fortunately “chose to carry out his attack in Syria rather than the United States,” which is nice. But the fact that this American citizen who went to school in the United States was able to train with Syrian militants and travel back to the United States without alerting the authorities is… troubling.

“This incident exemplifies the challenges faced by the FBI in detecting US citizens who seek to travel to Syria to engage in jihad,” a FBI spokesman told The Times.

American officials are still piecing together Mr. Abusalha’s travels within the United States in between those two Syria trips and gathering information about whom he met. Some insight into his time in Syria was contained in a lengthy video released by the Nusra Front on Monday. Mr. Abusalha is shown tearing, biting and burning his American passport, and explaining his reasons for deciding to leave his life for jihad. He said he had gone to Syria from Turkey, where he landed with just $20 in his pocket for a Turkish visa.

Intelligence experts’ public estimates suggest that there are between 2,000 and 3,000 Western nationals and Americans fighting with rebels in Iraq and Syria. In May, The Times warned that over 70 Americans were thought to have traveled to Syria to train with jihadists to carry out attacks.

And now we know that they can, if they like, travel freely to and from the United States.

Sleep well!


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Hey, there’s a whole lot of 85 year old Presbyterian Grandmothers who must be screened by the TSA; who’s got time to look at other folks?

Mr. Bingley on July 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Pretty much the same way they are getting in through obamas border….undetected

crosshugger on July 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Well the presbyterians do hate the Jews.

crosshugger on July 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

That’s okay, that happens, I just feel so much better because the 75 year old woman next door was fully “inspected” and missed her flight…thank God they didn’t just let her pass through.

right2bright on July 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

As only an occasional user of Tucks, I consider myself fortunate to never have come across one laden with explosives.

socalcon on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Hey, there’s a whole lot of 85 year old Presbyterian Grandmothers who must be screened by the TSA; who’s got time to look at other folks?

Mr. Bingley on July 31, 2014 at 8:46 AM

Ha, I was writing when you posted this…exactly what happened, maybe her bible triggered something.

Nothing like a scary Presbyterian radical…you know that kind that takes communion twice a month…

right2bright on July 31, 2014 at 8:49 AM

But I’m sure the administration is keeping close tabs on all those right-wing teRrorists in the U.S. who, as we all know, pose the real threat to America, right?

Syzygy on July 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

And when she breaks out the Hymnal…

Mr. Bingley on July 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

No worries. Just another Muslim adding to our culture as they always have. /

FOWG1 on July 31, 2014 at 8:52 AM

But I’m sure the administration is keeping close tabs on all those right-wing teRrorists in the U.S. who, as we all know, pose the real threat to America, right?

Syzygy on July 31, 2014 at 8:51 AM

Yes indeedy. That’s what Holder said keeps him up at night.

Brat on July 31, 2014 at 8:53 AM

“Troubling”? Troubling is not being able to get a foursome together. ~ Our Checked-out POTUS

socalcon on July 31, 2014 at 8:53 AM

Reason 713,419 to disband the TSA.

abobo on July 31, 2014 at 8:54 AM

“This incident exemplifies the challenges faced by the FBI in detecting US citizens who seek to travel to Syria to engage in jihad,” a FBI spokesman told The Times

.

One would think that following the Boston Marathon bombings,
this would no longer be the case, but apparently, our Government
no longer operates that way….

oh well, what’s that Old Leftist mantra??

Oh yeah, “one man’s Jihadist, is another man’s Freedom Fighter”

ToddPA on July 31, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Moner Mohammad Abusalha, or Abu Hurayra al-Amriki if you prefer his nom de guerre, has the distinction of being the first American national to blow himself up in the name of Islamic jihad.

Abusalha, 22, trained for weeks with the Syrian al-Nusra Front, a Syrian opposition militant organization publicly allied with al-Qaeda. On May 25, the American jihadist took a tuck laden with explosives and drove it to a Syrian army base in Jabal al-Arbaeen where he detonated that device.

Noah Rothman on July 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

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Sucks to be him … for an eternity.
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Abusalha was just one of several Americans believed to be fighting in the Middle East with a number of fundamentalist militant groups, but he enjoys another distinction that The New York Times revealed on Wednesday: the aspiring American suicide bomber and committed jihadist also managed to travel from that volatile region to the United States undetected.

Noah Rothman on July 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

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( gasp ) … Say it isn’t so . . . . . .
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The Times reassures its readers by noting that Abusalha fortunately “chose to carry out his attack in Syria rather than the United States,” which is nice.

Noah Rothman on July 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

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Wasn’t that swell of him ? … : )

He could have done it here . . . . . but he didn’t.

Who says all jihadists have no heart ?
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But the fact that this American citizen who went to school in the United States was able to train with Syrian militants and travel back to the United States without alerting the authorities is… troubling.

Noah Rothman on July 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

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I thought that’s why we invented the “Bureau of Homeland Security”.
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“This incident exemplifies the challenges faced by the FBI in detecting US citizens who seek to travel to Syria to engage in jihad,” a FBI spokesman told The Times.

Noah Rothman on July 31, 2014 at 8:41 AM

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That’s as much a fault of the CIA, and BHS.

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM

OT…EU prepares to rollover for Putin…

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/land-for-gas-secret-german-deal-could-end-ukraine-crisis-9638764.html

workingclass artist on July 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM

The dude was probably pre-screened and posed no threat, even the vest he was wearing. Also, probably used Global Entry.

hip shot on July 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

I will get up out of my seat and walk off any plane that carries a man with a mustache-less beard…

djl130 on July 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

As only an occasional user of Tucks, I consider myself fortunate to never have come across one laden with explosives.

socalcon on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Thanks for the LOL, but you owe me a new monitor.

In case anyone else missed it:

On May 25, the American jihadist took a tuck laden with explosives and drove it to a Syrian army base in Jabal al-Arbaeen where he detonated that device.

Mark Boabaca on July 31, 2014 at 9:04 AM

What it shows is that the Obama administration and democrats in general are more concerned about political opponents than tracking actual terrorists.

Rode Werk on July 31, 2014 at 9:07 AM

Thats a troubling developement!!

Helluva twisted mind!!

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Its too bad he can’t come back from grave to tell the rest of these morons that the 70 virgin thing is all made up.

jmtham156 on July 31, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Once again Turkey our NATO partner, shows up as a supporter of ISIS.

jpmn on July 31, 2014 at 9:08 AM

Ted Kennedy’s Immigration Act of 1965: The virus that keeps on giving.

Colowyoesq on July 31, 2014 at 9:09 AM

Ever notice how the hardcore radicals look like zombies with satanic smiles in all their pics?

SirGawain on July 31, 2014 at 9:16 AM

On May 25, the American jihadist took a tuck laden with explosives and drove it to a Syrian army base in Jabal al-Arbaeen where he detonated that device.

Noah, truck in your shirt.

Akzed on July 31, 2014 at 9:17 AM

The War on Terror is over.

Al Qaeda is decimated… on the run.

Right…

dpduq on July 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

It is only a challenge when DOJ says to not profile Muslims to feild agents and TSA

jake49 on July 31, 2014 at 9:18 AM

I wonder when obama’s boyfriend, Abdullah Bergdahl, is going to complete his mission. Perhaps Bergdahl will be the “first American national to blow himself up in the name of islamic jihad”, on American soil – or something.

Pork-Chop on July 31, 2014 at 9:20 AM

Islam: the life eating virus.

Akzed on July 31, 2014 at 9:21 AM

So I’m thinking, was the Ka-BlewyClown in question
a registered Democrat!
(sarc)

canopfor on July 31, 2014 at 9:22 AM

This is like a bad version of the old Monty Python watch smuggler sketch.

TSA screener to bearded man; Mr.. Abu-hassan al-Jihadi. What is the purpose of your visit?

Man; DEATH TO THE ENEMIES OF ALLAH!!! (Eyes are glazed, wearing obvious bomb vest).

TSA; Right, Go on through, sir. Next.

Little old lady comes up, wearing a fish pin.

TSA; Right. Ms.?

LOL; Mrs. Edward Williams.Well, Mrs. Evelyn, since my Edward’s been gone to the Lord these ten y..

TSA: RIGHT! UP AGAINST THE WALL, B!TCH! (Slamming her against said wall and adding a couple of shots to the kidneys with a kubotan) We’ll teach you fanatics to try to pollute our perfect society! SEARCH TEAM! CAVITY STRIP, LINE FIVE!

It’s only funny in the way that “Jackass” videos are.

clear ether

eon

eon on July 31, 2014 at 9:25 AM

Anybody who wears a beard like that should be detained. Anyone who travels to Turkey which is how they usually enter Syria should be detained.

Where was his family through all this? He had no money to travel and I’m getting the vibe that he was an all round nutter and an ideal candidate for 72 raisins.

Blake on July 31, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Its too bad he can’t come back from grave to tell the rest of these morons that the 70 virgin thing is all made up.

jmtham156 on July 31, 2014 at 9:08 AM

It’s not anymore made up then heaven, hell or some sort of mythical earthly paradise.

Walter L. Newton on July 31, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Come on, this is the group who couldn’t stop Boston with two heads up from Russia. And one day we will find that that harmless data mining they have been doing to ordinary citizens was not a harmless as portrayed. The have their priorities and our safety isn’t high on the list.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2014 at 9:39 AM

Well the presbyterians do hate the Jews.

crosshugger on July 31, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Ooooh, good point.

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2014 at 9:41 AM

As only an occasional user of Tucks, I consider myself fortunate to never have come across one laden with explosives.

socalcon on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM

They’re supposed to stop the burning, like in the commercial where they use one to put out a match.

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM

I will get up out of my seat and walk off any plane that carries a man with a mustache-less beard…

djl130 on July 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM

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Why … what d’ya got against the Amish ?

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

socalcon on July 31, 2014 at 8:48 AM Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2014 at 9:43 AM

LOL! It’s funny how I can always see the misspellings of others while I hit submit on some of the most indecipherable crap on the site.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2014 at 9:54 AM

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Too funny, that’s what I thought the picture was at first. Do they fly now that they have hit the bigs with their own TV show?

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

He is now a well spread sack of Muslim compost nourishing weeds in the Syrian wasteland, that is good news.

BL@KBIRD on July 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM

What difference does it really make? Anyone can catch a jet ski ferry to enter the USA from our southern border.

tej on July 31, 2014 at 10:07 AM

Truck not tuck

skatz51 on July 31, 2014 at 10:33 AM

From the article:

He said goodbye to his father, who is a Palestinian-American, in Arabic.

So, he was Pali scum. That pretty much explains everything.

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2014 at 10:36 AM

Why … what d’ya got against the Amish ?

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

The Amish generally won’t fly on a plane.

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

formwiz on July 31, 2014 at 10:46 AM

I was positive that was going to be Jessie Jackson.

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2014 at 10:52 AM

And now we know that they can, if they like, travel freely to and from the United States.

Sleep well!

Our southern border open, does it really matter that terrorists can fly in? They can just freaking walk in. Obama might even give them Amnesty.

portlandon on July 31, 2014 at 10:59 AM

Why … what d’ya got against the Amish ?

I think he was talking about hipsters, and if so, who can blame him ?

F X Muldoon on July 31, 2014 at 11:01 AM

Obama says this guy is what built the “fabric of America”……

Realdemocrat1 on July 31, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Why do we allow ANY return travel from Middle Eastern Islamic countries?

Why did we not shut down student visas from Middle Eastern Islamic countries after 9/11?

Of course our borders are open.

dominigan on July 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

I thought that’s why we invented the “Bureau of Homeland Security”.

That bureau has been retasked to monitor the real terrorists that threaten our government…..TEA party organizations, military vets and conservatives in general. Muslims get a pass, and rightly so because of their humanitarian nature and the vast contributions they’ve made to the fabric of our nation.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on July 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Why do we allow ANY return travel from Middle Eastern Islamic countries?

Why did we not shut down student visas from Middle Eastern Islamic countries after 9/11?

Of course our borders are open.

dominigan on July 31, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Because muslims play a key role in the fundamental transformation of our Republic right there alongside Central American illegal invaders.

hawkeye54 on July 31, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Good thing we have mass surveillance by the NSA.

Again, they ignore the obvious because of “racism”. Shame, shame, shame.

PattyJ on July 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Well, yeah, he wasn’t detected. If he had a walker or had a baby with him…. He most definitely been caught.

You see, the trick is to be “that which you are”, because anyone knows, having a beard and wearing muslim garb would be considered profiling…

-west

mr_west on July 31, 2014 at 11:50 AM

Yet Israelis are being denied visas to the US.
I applied for a passport. I informed them that I was going to visit Jerusalem ISRAEL.
It’s been longer than 6 weeks.
Hmmm.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 31, 2014 at 11:53 AM

Yet Israelis are being denied visas to the US.

State Dept.: “We don’t want those evil murderous barbarians here to stir up trouble.”

I applied for a passport. I informed them that I was going to visit Jerusalem ISRAEL.
It’s been longer than 6 weeks.

State Dept.: “We don’t want you there to be irreparably damaged by contact with those evil murderous barbarians.”

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on July 31, 2014 at 11:57 AM

New commercial idea. It worked for a car company – or so I’ve heard.

“This isn’t your fathers America!”

Just think how many happy customers we can lure in! The mind boggles!!!

NiteOwl on July 31, 2014 at 12:17 PM

I imagine poor Noah was red faced over the typo… apparently enough that he would fix it and never even have a laugh with his readers. Poor fella, guess he didn’t count on any knuckle dragging – sister dating – gun slingin’ – racist b@stard – son of a…. (Meh, you get the idea) to actually be smart enough to READ his words.

LMAO, always proofread. It isn’t a lesson unless it has been learned.

NiteOwl on July 31, 2014 at 12:41 PM

He just waltzed across the Mexican border clutching a teddy bear.George Will welcomes you to America.Now if we could only give you his address…

redware on July 31, 2014 at 3:04 PM

And now we know that they can, if they like, travel freely to and from the United States.

But, but, haven’t you heard that the NSA and Homeland Security, and the TSA will protect us?

earlgrey on July 31, 2014 at 3:18 PM

I thought that’s why we invented the “Bureau of Homeland Security”.

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 9:01 AM

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That bureau has been retasked to monitor the real terrorists that threaten our government…..TEA party organizations, military vets and conservatives in general. Muslims get a pass, and rightly so because of their humanitarian nature and the vast contributions they’ve made to the fabric of our nation.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on July 31, 2014 at 11:29 AM

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You added that “/SNARK”, but there’s probably more truth to that, than any other explanation.

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I will get up out of my seat and walk off any plane that carries a man with a mustache-less beard…

djl130 on July 31, 2014 at 9:03 AM
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Why … what d’ya got against the Amish ?

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 9:53 AM

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Too funny, that’s what I thought the picture was at first.

Do they fly now that they have hit the bigs with their own TV show?

Cindy Munford on July 31, 2014 at 9:55 AM
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The Amish generally won’t fly on a plane.

Ward Cleaver on July 31, 2014 at 10:37 AM

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Cindy’ and Ward’, you’re both correct in that the Amish haven’t been flying (with the exception of MEDIVAC)

listens2glenn on July 31, 2014 at 4:20 PM

This is pretty scary but that’s the TSA for ya

sadsushi on July 31, 2014 at 8:40 PM