More Pentagon Jihadis
More Pentagon Jihadis In “Pentagon Jihadis,” I listed eight American soldiers and sailors associated with jihad against the United States. But that column came out in September 2003 and their numbers continue to grow. Here is a listing of new jihadis as they appear.
Ryan G. Anderson, also known as Amir Abdul Rashid, was charged today with three counts of helping Al-Qaeda, as an unnamed federal law enforcement official explained, “by wrongfully attempting to communicate and give intelligence” to it. (February 12, 2004) May 13, 2004 update: In an undercover tape shown at his Article 32 hearing (comparable to a grand jury in the civilian legal system), reports the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “Anderson gives Jordanian ancestry on his mother’s side of the family as a motivation for defecting, claiming he was sickened when fellow soldiers denigrated Arabs and Muslims without reprimand.” Sept. 3, 2004 update: Anderson was convicted of trying to aid Al-Qaeda and sentenced to life in prison.
Hammad Abdur-Raheem, 35, of Falls Church, Va., was convicted today of conspiracy for using his U.S. army-gained expertise to train others for jihad through the paintball games they played in the woods in Virginia. (March 4, 2004)
Hassan Abujihaad, 25, a convert to Islam and a former communications specialist for the U.S. Navy, he stands accused of sending e-mail messages to a pro-Taliban Internet site run by Babar Ahmad while serving on the guided-missile destroyer Benfold in the Middle East during 2000-01. As the Los Angeles Times delicately puts it, “Federal agents are trying to determine how Ahmad ended up in possession of detailed and highly classified information about the San Diego-based aircraft carrier battle group that the Benfold was part of, including its classified travel plans and its vulnerability to attack.” (August 14, 2004)
Yusuf Khalil Jackson, a civilian who worked for a contractor in the Department of Defense, admits making fake military identity cards at Fort Myer in Virginia. In a televised confession to Andrea McCarren broadcast on WJLA-ABC, Jackson ascribed his motive to poverty and desperation and said the thirty or so real military I.D. cards sold to non-military personnel were sold only to underaged people who wanted to get into bars. But the I.D.s would work at any U.S. base and court records indicate the U.S. Park Police seized one of his faked cards from a Pakistani national, and that the identity of the card was that of an American soldier in Afghanistan.(March 16, 2005)
Sadeq Naji Ahmed, 25, an Air Force sergeant. I provide details on him at “Islamists Infiltrate Law Enforcement.” (March 25, 2005) May 18, 2005 update: Testimony at Ahmed’s trial has revealed two points: that he wrote in March 2001 that the United States is “the terrorist” and bin Laden “a righteous holy man”; and that, according to his attorney, the Air Force repeatedly promoted and decorated Ahmed, despite his anti-American record .
Rafat Jamal Mawlawi, 54, a Syrian national and naturalized U.S. citizen, served in the Navy for 12 years and was honorably discharged. While Mawlawi is in a Memphis, Tennessee jail, one of four Muslim men of Middle Eastern origins (the others being Mhammed Kabouchi, Omran Omer, and Karim Ramzi) awaiting trial for operating a marriage scam, the Joint Terrorism Task Force raided his house. It found, reports John Branston in the Memphis Flyer,
a hidden stash of loaded weapons and ammunition clips, $34,000 in cash, two pictures of Mawlawi shouldering a rocket-propelled grenade launcher, a gruesome videotape of war casualties with Arabic text and voiceover, and more than 20 passports to Morocco, Syria, Iran, and other Middle Eastern countries.
The weapons included a shotgun, a .9-millimeter Glock handgun, a .32-caliber pistol, and a .38-caliber revolver. The guns were loaded with loaded ammunition magazines nearby. The 20 to 30 passports—both current and expired—were made out to Mawlawi, his wife, and their children. Stamps in his passports indicated Mawlawi had traveled to Iran and Pakistan, though he had told law enforcement agents he had only visited the Balkans. Two pictures showed Mawlawi with a rocket-propelled grenade launcher on his shoulder. In one picture, the end-cap is removed, rendering the weapon ready to fire. The videotape, with an Arabic voiceover, starts with the words “al Mujahadeen” and pictures of a firearm; it shows graphic images of dead people with injuries that appear to be from combat wounds. (April 15, 2005)