Video: Two Iraqi refugees arrested for terrorist activity

posted at 10:41 am on January 8, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

The FBI arrested two refugees from Iraq late yesterday, one in Texas and another in California, casting even more doubt on the ability of the US to vet refugees from the Middle East. Both are Palestinians, but they differed on their plans. One wanted to return to fight, while the other plotted to provide support to ISIS, according to prosecutors:

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, of Sacramento, Calif., was charged with making a false statement involving international terrorism; and Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, of Houston, was charged with attempting to provide material support to the Islamic State.

Authorities said Hardan moved to this country in 2009 and was granted legal permanent residence status two years later. Jayab came to the United States in October 2012. The two men had been communicating about weapons and training, according to prosecutors.

“Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s National Security Division.

Prosecutors said Jayab, while living in Arizona and Wisconsin, claimed on social media that he had fought previously in Syria against the regime. He then returned to the war-torn country again in 2013 to fight for Ansar al-Islam, a designated foreign terrorist organization since 2004, authorities said. Jayab later claimed he had traveled to Turkey to visit his grandmother.

The arrest in northern California took place on the eve of a summit in San Jose between counter-terrorism experts and Silicon Valley tech firms. The timing of this lesson in security is certainly propitious, no?

Jayab took his mission seriously, according to Milwaukee’s WISN. While living there, Jayab trained at a local gun range for long-range marksmanship, then used an insurance settlement to fund a trip to Syria through Turkey. Somehow, Jayab managed to return to the US without getting noticed immediately by DHS.

From the reports, it appears that the pair didn’t get detected until after Jayab’s return. Jayab may have other legal issues facing him as well, according to this Fox News report, such as war crimes:

Social media and other accounts say that as soon as he arrived in the United States, he began saying he wanted to return to Syria to “work,” which the FBI says is believed to be a reference “to assisting in and supporting violent jihad.”

Al-Jayab criticized ISIS in several messages for killing Muslims, saying “If it weren’t for the State’s bloodletting, I would have been the first one to join it”, according to the FBI, although he later described fighting alongside the group.

In one communication with the Texas contact, dubbed “Individual I”, Al-Jayab described, during earlier fighting, emptying seven ammunition magazines from his assault rifle during a battle and executing three Syrian government soldiers.

Jayab faces eight years in prison, but he’ll get the boot after that. If the US hands him over to whatever competent authority might exist in Syria, he may not last long with his bragging about the execution of prisoners. And isn’t it just peachy that we allowed Jayab and Hardan into the country to prepare himself for war crimes abroad, too?

The Washington Post also reports on the Obama administration’s press on Silicon Valley today for more cooperation in the war on terror:

The meeting at a federal government building in San Jose, to be led by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, follows President Obama’s televised call after the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif., last month for tech leaders to “make it harder for terrorists to use technology to escape from justice.”

The officials see it as a bull session to learn how they might use technology to “disrupt paths to radicalization to violence” and “identify recruitment patterns” as well as to measure efforts to countering radicalization, according to an agenda obtained by The Washington Post.

They are also interested in knowing how they can encourage others to publish content that would “undercut” the Islamic State’s message online. …

The encryption issue is also on the agenda but is not a main focus, officials said. That issue has divided the administration, with the tech and economic policy agencies supporting the use of widespread encryption and law enforcement and national security agencies concerned that such a trend is aiding terrorists and criminals. Comey’s participation in the meeting was on the condition of encryption being on the agenda, an official said.

Without a doubt, American industry should try to find ways to defeat radical Islamic jihad, but perhaps the titans of Silicon Valley might suggest that the federal government get its own house in order first. The proximity of Jayab to the “bull session” might make for a very good opening for a discussion about federal priorities, especially with the Obama administration proposing to allow thousands of Syrian refugees into the US this year.


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Are we sure that isn’t George Michael? It looks like him.

Ward Cleaver on January 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Trump is right, no more Muslims…

OmahaConservative on January 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Breaking: Philadelphia Police Officer Ambushed, Shot In His Car, Police Call ‘Attempted Execution’, Mayor Calls For Gun Control…Update: Report: Shooter Says ‘Did It In Name Of Islam’…Update: ‘Terrifying’ Surveillance Pic Not Yet Released, Shooter In Islamic Dress?

http://www.weaselzippers.us/249622-breaking-philadelphia-police-officer-ambushed-shot-in-his-car/

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

They’re Phakeistinains, so of course they’d be terrorist scum.

Ward Cleaver on January 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

#RecruitedByDonaldTrump

ShainS on January 8, 2016 at 10:45 AM

See, Syrians aren’t the problem.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

Well, by all means, let’s import thousands more of these “refugees.”

If the US hands him over to whatever competent authority might exist in Syria,

Except Syria no longer exists. And you aren’t going to put Humpty- Dumpty back together.

rbj on January 8, 2016 at 10:46 AM

A Mohammed and a Saeed? I mean, what are the odds?

ShainS on January 8, 2016 at 10:47 AM

Trump is right, no more Muslims…

OmahaConservative on January 8, 2016 at 10:44 AM

Yep, he thinks of Americans FIRST

Cruz on Trump’s Muslim Ban: ‘That’s Not My Policy’
Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz said Monday he does not support banning Muslims from entering the country, distancing himself from an inflammatory proposal by rival Donald Trump.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 10:48 AM

They must be part of the varsity team cuz JV team is contained.

– Barack Jerkweasel Obama

fogw on January 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM

See ? . . . . . They didn’t get away with it; they were CAUGHT . . . . . Our vigilant and valorus government agents are on the job keeping us SAFE . . . . . nuthin’ to worry about.

listens2glenn on January 8, 2016 at 10:50 AM

All I can say is that I’m shocked, shocked, to find that two muslims were found to be involved in aiding islamic terrorism. It’s almost as if that whole “religion” were a worldwide terrorist aiding organization if I didn’t know better… /sarc

ConstantineXI on January 8, 2016 at 10:51 AM

Two muzzie “refugees” arrested for terrorist activity …

Gee – I think a pattern is emerging.

Pork-Chop on January 8, 2016 at 10:53 AM

After the mass sexual assault by refugees in Europe on New Year’s Eve I think it is safe to say that anyone who wants refugees in America is a rape apolosist.

Why do Democrats hate women so much?

fragglerock61 on January 8, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Unexpectedly.

Galtian on January 8, 2016 at 10:59 AM

Somehow, Jayab managed to return to the US without getting noticed immediately by DHS.

Uh, because to focus on a man of middle-eastern descent would have been profiling. Hey look – let’s go frisk granny.

Hill60 on January 8, 2016 at 11:01 AM

After the mass sexual assault by refugees in Europe on New Year’s Eve I think it is safe to say that anyone who wants refugees in America is a rape apolosist.

Why do Democrats hate women so much?

fragglerock61 on January 8, 2016 at 10:58 AM

You mean there are no Republicans that have talked about bringing in refugees, work visas folks, illegal aliens?

The Oligarchic Political Class ™ has you well trained.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM

After the mass sexual assault by refugees in Europe on New Year’s Eve I think it is safe to say that anyone who wants refugees in America is a rape apolosist.

Why do Democrats hate women so much?

fragglerock61 on January 8, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Why do you keep fooling yourself that this is just a Democrat problem?

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 11:04 AM

Except they aren’t both Iraqi. One is from Syria.

M240H on January 8, 2016 at 11:08 AM

Dude! That’s Shakira’s guy, Barcelona defender Gerard Pique!

Watch yo azz, Espanyol!

Christien on January 8, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Ed – bump the thread on the NYE wave of coordinated sexual assaults from HEADLINES to the main posts.

Bruno Strozek on January 8, 2016 at 11:11 AM

Over at Breitbart …

M240H on January 8, 2016 at 11:14 AM

Since when is Ringo Starr a terrorist?

PackerBronco on January 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM

You mean there are no Republicans that have talked about bringing in refugees, work visas folks, illegal aliens?

The Oligarchic Political Class ™ has you well trained.

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 11:03 AM

the oligarchal plutocracy is not called the uniparty without reason.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 11:16 AM

the oligarchal plutocracy is not called the uniparty without reason.

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 11:16 AM

I agree with you, but I just like to show off with big words :)

Walter L. Newton on January 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Given what Obama did with using the IRS to suppress political opponents, I seriously doubt that the worries about encryption have to do with foreign terrorism as much as they do with his domestic opposition.

They are desperate for tools that would stop any nascent organization from starting that they could not monitor in some way.

Difficultas_Est_Imperium on January 8, 2016 at 11:19 AM

Has beard. Must be another Amish terrorist.

Cecil Corn on January 8, 2016 at 11:20 AM

Since when is Ringo Starr a terrorist?

PackerBronco on January 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Did you see those boots he made rubio wear.

RickB on January 8, 2016 at 11:21 AM

Jayab faces eight years in prison, but he’ll get the boot after that.

Will he?

xblade on January 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Must some more of those ‘widows and orphans’ that we are so afraid of.

ghostwalker1 on January 8, 2016 at 11:29 AM

Jayab trained at a local gun range for long-range marksmanship, then used an insurance settlement to fund a trip to Syria through Turkey. Somehow, Jayab managed to return to the US without getting noticed immediately by DHS.

As trained… use the laws and customs of their country against them.
– Train at a local gun range (check)
– Scam insurance fraud money (check)
– Sneak back into the country (what DHS?) (check)

Jayab faces eight years in prison, but he’ll get the boot after that.

Oh, like either of these actions will have any effect. 8 years of further terrorist organization training in prison and then set free to put all the new terrorist training he got in prison to work.

Send his azz to Gitmo and give him some free Chiropractor knee adjustments.

On a side note, is it just me or could that be Paul Ryan in shades?

Voodoo Chile on January 8, 2016 at 11:34 AM

Looks a bit like Paul Ryan with that facial hair and all.

Constitutionalist on January 8, 2016 at 11:44 AM

“Jayab allegedly traveled overseas to fight alongside terrorist organizations and lied to U.S. authorities about his activities,” said John Carlin, assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Depart

Surprise! Surprise! Surprise! (video alert)

After the mass sexual assault by refugees in Europe on New Year’s Eve I think it is safe to say that anyone who wants refugees in America is a rape apologist.

Why do Democrats all of them hate women so much?

fragglerock61 on January 8, 2016 at 10:58 AM

Taking into account the discussion that followed.

The Left in general (and all persons in thrall to Satan) are perfectly capable of supporting mutually-inconsistent policies — sometimes more than two of them at a time.

That is one of the ways by which you can test for integrity and righteousness.

However, I will allow for people changing their minds, or becoming converted: they can have serial inconsistencies, just not parallel ones.

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 11:45 AM

when confronted with the concern of terrorist embeds within the refugee population – Senator Ted Cruz was dismissive of the issue saying he was confident we have a way to insure that doesn’t happen:
http://theconservativetreehouse.com/2015/11/16/video-senator-ted-cruz-demanding-u-s-take-syrian-refugees-and-not-worry-about-terrorist-embeds/

Garyinaz66 on January 8, 2016 at 11:45 AM

Over at Breitbart …

M240H on January 8, 2016 at 11:14 AM

It appears that the arrestees are not the only liars.

UPDATE: CNN is already lying about where these refugees came from. Although the Reuters report clearly states that one of the men “came to the United States in 2012 as a refugee from Syria,” the CNN chyron falsely claims both are from Iraq.

Reuters is reporting that two Middle Eastern men who came to America as refugees were arrested in California and Texas on federal terrorism charges. One of the refugees is charged with aiding ISIS. Most importantly, although time again we have been assured and reassured by the White House and DC Media that the refugee screening process is near-perfect, both refugees are charged with providing false information about their ties to terror groups.

Here’s the kicker: one of the men, 23 year-old Aws Mohammed Younis, is a refugee from Syria who came to America in 2012.

If you recall, after the bloody and brutal terror attack in Paris late last year, Republicans demanded a pause in the Syrian refugee program. At least one the Paris terrorists used the refugee program to get into Europe.

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 11:46 AM

oh HAY! One of them belongs to one of those “moderate” rebel groups who oppose ISIS and ASSAD.

A handful of interventionist “conservatives” from this site would of been ok with their buddies ousting Assad.

V-rod on January 8, 2016 at 11:47 AM

Why do we need more secret surveillance of phone calls when we ignore Muslim radicals who are out in the open, on Facebook or living next door!?

Obama is just going to Silicon Valley to intimidate them into giving more money to the Dems.

PattyJ on January 8, 2016 at 11:58 AM

Why do we need more secret surveillance of phone calls when we ignore Muslim radicals who are out in the open, on Facebook or living next door!?

Obama is just going to Silicon Valley to intimidate them into giving more money to the Dems.

PattyJ on January 8, 2016 at 11:58 AM

All you need to know about where Facebook comes down.

http://libertyunyielding.com/2016/01/06/experiment-reveals-facebooks-pro-palestinian-bias/

AesopFan on January 8, 2016 at 12:24 PM

Silicon Valley first needs to help the Obama Administration figure out how to keep the State Department personnel from sending classified emails to unclassified accounts.

For people who are not high-ranking government officials, doing that sort of thing is a felony.

Perhaps it should be a felony for high-ranking government officials also.

s1im on January 8, 2016 at 12:27 PM

Since when is Ringo Starr a terrorist?

PackerBronco on January 8, 2016 at 11:15 AM

Have you ever listened to his solo albums?

Cecil Corn on January 8, 2016 at 12:46 PM

“Islam is not Islamic” — any perturbed leftie and assorted PC moron

Schadenfreude on January 8, 2016 at 3:15 PM