This, too, is a form of terror — it’s not part of their pattern to hit on big infidel holidays, but it is Ramadan, always a time of increased islamic violence. They don’t repeat themselves, so something new can be expected; whether it will be on the fourth of July or not remains to be seen.
The unknowable is the newly devout Muslim who suddenly decides it’s time for martyrdom.
This constant state of waiting for the bomb to drop is unworthy of a freedom-loving nation. No war was ever won on the defense. Waiting for Godot has morphed into Waiting for Allah.
EXCLUSIVE: The 30 Americans ALREADY arrested in 4th of July terror alert – including ‘bad b******s plotting another Boston bombing’, National Guardsman who wanted to ‘repeat Charlie Hebdo’ and ‘Minnesota Martyrs’, Ben Ashford, Daily Mail, July 4, 2014
FBI and other law enforcement agencies on top state of alert ahead of July 4 holiday over fears of an ISIS strike
Daily Mail Online has uncovered 30 arrests on US soil of men and women accused of plotting terror attacks inspired by ISIS
National Guard soldier is among those awaiting trial while one women – a former Army Explorer – is serving four years for turning to ISIS
Arrests have been made in states including New Jersey, New York, Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois
Total does not include two men shot dead as they tried to attack Texas ‘draw Mohammed’ contest and man with knife shot by police in Boston
FBI agents have made at least 30 arrests on US soil this year as they try to combat the murderous reach of ISIS and its warped followers, Daily Mail Online can disclose.
Officials revealed this week that the Islamic terror group has a foothold in all 50 states as it continues to target disaffected Americans through its torrent of online propaganda and slick videos of barbaric beheadings and mutilations.
The stark warning comes days after ISIS-inspired gunman Saif Rezgui unleashed horror on at a Tunisian beach resort, killing 39 vacationers and wounding dozens more.
The FBI has reportedly set up command centers in each of its 56 field officers in case extremists try to mark the July 4 weekend by unleashing similar carnage here in the U.S. American ISIS ‘recruits’ to date have included schoolgirls, a young nurse, a pizza shop boss and even a National Guard soldier who hatched a plan to gun down 120 of his own colleagues.
Some have conspired to travel or send friends abroad to link up with fundamentalist fighters while others have plotted jihad here in the US – with Capitol Hill among the targets for a foiled bombing raid.
Gunmen Elton Simpson, 30, and Nadir Soofi, 34, came perilously close on May 4 when they were shot dead while trying to storm a controversial ‘Draw Mohammed’ event in Garland, Texas.
ISIS claimed responsibility for the raid but officials suspect the pair were more likely radicalized over the web.
Another young fanatic, Usaamah Rahim, 26, was killed last month as he lunged at police with a knife in Boston’s Roslindale neighborhood.
He was allegedly plotting to decapitate controversial anti-Islam activist Pamela Geller, the organizer of the same controversial Texas event.
The deadly incidents are just two from dozens of plots disrupted by police and federal agents since ISIS began to rise from the flames of the Syrian civil war.
Daily Mail Online has pieced together the chilling network of arrests and alleged foiled atrocities.
TWO REAL BAD B*****S ‘PLOTTED SECOND BOSTON BOMBING’
Heroes: Officers Wenjian Lu (left), 32, and Rafael Ramos (right), 40, were gunned down in their patrol car in December
ISIS-inspired roommates Noelle Velentzas and Asia Siddiqui are accused of plotting a homemade bomb attack on a slain police officer’s funeral.
The two friends from Queens, New York stockpiled gas tanks, fertilizer and a pressure cooker in an apparent bid to emulate Boston marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, prosecutors allege.
Court documents say their list of potential targets included the funeral of NYPD officer Rafael Ramos, who was shot dead in December 2014 along with his partner Wenjian Liu.
Velentzas, 28, is from said to have told an undercover agent who befriended them in 2013 that they wanted to be known as ‘citizens of the Islamic State‘.
On another occasion she pulled out a knife, demonstrated how to stab someone – and allegedly asked: ‘Why can’t we be some real bad bitches?’
Siddiqui, 31, was equally as forthcoming in a 2009 poem she had published in Jihad Recollections, a precursor to the Al Qaeda magazine Inspire.
The warped verse, entitled ‘Take Me to the Lands Where the Eyes are Cooled’, describes her yearning to ‘drop bombs’ and ‘taste the Truth through fists and slit throats’.
Both women were arrested on April 2 before they could had settle on a target but are accused of conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Authorities doubt they ever had direct contact with ISIS but say the pair accessed the terror group’s propaganda onlineTwo NYC women arrested for homemade bomb plot
THE MINNESOTA MARTYRS WHO WANTED TO DIE IN BATTLE
US officials suspect around a dozen men from Minnesota have left the North Star State to fight alongside ISIS extremists in Syria – and two have been killed.
Last August Douglas McArthur McCain, 33, a Muslim convert who went to school in Minneapolis, became the first U.S. citizen known to have died while fighting for the terror outfit.
Days later the White House confirmed that a second Minneapolis native-turned ISIS combatant, father-of-nine Abdirahmaan Muhumed, 29, had also been killed.
The two deaths fueled fears that the Midwestern state is becoming an unlikely recruiting hot-spot for ISIS.
Community leaders have warned that disaffected youths from the large Somali community are particularly vulnerable to jihadist ideology.
A video entitled Minnesota’s Martyrs: The Path to Paradise, was circulated by another Islamist group al-Shabaab in an apparent bid to capitalize on the growing interest in extremism there.
More recently six Somali men were charged in March with conspiracy to provide material support and attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization.
The accused are Mohamed Abdihamid Farah, 21; Adnan Abdihamid Farah, 19; Abdurahman Yasin Daud, 21; Zacharia Yusuf Abdurahman, 19; Hanad Mustafe Musse, 19; and Guled Ali Omar, 20.
It is alleged that the six planned to fly out of Minneapolis, San Diego or New York to reach Syria to join up with ISIS.Six charged with conspiring to support Islamic State in US
THE COLORADO JIHADI BRIDE WHO CALLED US WOMEN ‘SLUTS’
Jailed for four years: Shannon Maureen Conley was arrested as she tried to board a flight to Turkey to join ISIS. She had previously been a US Army Explorer but turned against US values and called American women sluts
Nurse’s aide Shannon Maureen Conley fell in love with an ISIS fighter online and was arrested as she flew out to become his jihadist bride.
The 19-year-old Colorado native had Al Qaeda literature in her luggage when she tried to board a plane from Denver to Turkey in April 2014.
Her plan was to slip into Syria to wed her 32-year-old Tunisian ‘suitor’ and serve as a nurse in an ISIS camp.
Instead, Conley finds herself behind bars after she was handed a four-year sentence by a federal judge determined to steer others away from the terror group’s clutches.
Conley told the court she had renounced the warped ISIS interpretation of Islam and only ever wanted to be a ‘catalyst for good’.
But in social media posts in the run-up to her arrest, she revealed her extremist views and hatred for western values, sneering at American women for dressing ‘like ‘sluts’ and describing herself as a ‘Slave to Allah.’
Conley’s parents, John and Ana Maria, have accused US authorities of making an example of their impressionable daughter.
They described her as ‘an incredibly naive and idealistic young woman who trusted that others were telling her the truth.’
FACEBOOK FANATIC SAID ON VIDEO: ‘I WILL KILL ANY KUFFAR’
Sting: John T Booker Jr was arrested in April when he thought he was arming a 1,000lb bomb which was actually an elaborate FBI sting. Prosecutors say he left an ISIS propaganda video spewing state at US personnel
John T. Booker Jr was arrested April 10 as he fumbled with wiring in the back of a van parked near Fort Riley, a military post in Kansas.
Prosecutors say Booker was attempting to arm what he thought was a 1,000-pound bomb – in fact it was a dummy device supplied to him in an elaborate FBI sting.
According to court documents, the 20-year-old wanted to slaughter Americans on behalf of ISIS and boasted to an undercover FBI agent: ‘I will kill any kuffar.’
Booker Jr’s fanaticism first came to light in a series of warped Facebook posts discovered when he applied to join the military in 2014.
‘Getting ready to be killed in jihad is a HUGE adrenaline rush!!’ he wrote in one. Booker Jr admitted enlisting so he could carry out an ‘insider attack’, including turning his weapon on his fellow soldiers at a firing range or murdering them with a sword.
The Topeka, Kansas native was denied entry to the Army and months later targeted by FBI agents, one posing as a high-ranking sheikh plotting suicide bombings.
Booker Jr helped collect explosive materials and fashion them into what he thought was a bomb containing 1,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, it is alleged.
He poured out his hatred of US service personnel in an ISIS-style propaganda video, saying: ‘We seek their blood because their blood is halal for us to kill them.’
The explosives were inert and when Booker Jr drove the device to Fort Riley in the back of a van FBI agents were waiting to take him into custody.
He is awaiting trial and faces life in prison if convicted of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.
TARGET THE PRESIDENT: ‘I WOULD HAVE PULLED TRIGGER’
Boast: Christopher Lee Cornell (left in custody and right in earlier years) is accused of planning a pipe bomb attack on the US Capitol followed by a mass shooting, and has told a TV channel he wanted to kill the president
Islamic convert Christopher Lee Cornell walked into a Cincinnati gun shop on January 14 and emerged moments later with two M15 semi-automatic rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition.
The video game fanatic got as far as the parking lot before law enforcement agents moved in to seize his new arsenal.
The FBI says Cornell intended to use the weaponry to mount a devastating terror raid on Capitol Hill.
According to court documents seen by Daily Mail Online, the 21-year-old Muslim convert planned to ‘build, plant and detonate pipe bombs at and near the U.S. Capitol, then use firearms to shoot and kill employees and officials,’
Cornell’s father John told The Cincinnati Enquirer he was ‘momma’s boy who never left the house.’
But weeks later Cornell rang up a TV station from his jail cell boasting about his affiliation with ISIS and his desire to point his gun at the President.
‘I would have put it to Obama’s head, I would have pulled the trigger,’ he told WXIX-TV.
Cornell of Western Cincinnati has pleaded not guilty to four counts, including attempted murder of U.S. officials and employees.Man arrested for ISIS-inspired plot to attack the US Capitol
ENEMY WITHIN: GUARDSMAN, COUSIN ‘PLANNED SLAUGHTER’
Cousins in arms: Jonas (left) and Hasan (right) Edmonds who were arrested by Chicago FBI’s joint terrorism task force. Jonas, a National Guardsman, is accused of giving Hasan inside knowledge to kill his comrades
Cousins Jonas and Hasan Edmonds – a National Guard soldier – are accused of plotting a ‘Charlie Hebdo’-style raid on a military facility.
Prosecutors say the pair planned to utilize Hasan’s inside knowledge to plan the slaughter of scores of servicemen at the Illinois National Guard Armory.
They pair scoped out the facility together and Hasan, 22, provided his relation with training schedules, building layouts and a uniform, it is alleged.
‘Honestly we would love to do something like the brothers in Paris did,’ Hasan Edmonds is said to have told an undercover agent, in an apparent reference to January’s Charlie Hebdo massacre.
According to the FBI complaint, the plan was for Jonas, 29, to execute the plot while Hasan headed to the Middle East to fight alongside ISIS.
They aimed to kill around 120 National Guard staff but Hasan was arrested March 25 when he tried to fly from Chicago Midway International Airport to Egypt.
Jonas was arrested the same day at his home in Aurora, Illinois, and both men are due to stand trial.
‘The defendants allegedly conspired to provide material support to ISIL and planned to travel overseas to support the terrorist organization’ announced Assistant Attorney General Carlin.
‘In addition, they plotted to attack members of our military within the United States. Disturbingly, one of the defendants currently wears the same uniform of those they allegedly planned to attack.’National Guard soldier ‘planned terrorist attack against US’
TERROR IN THE TRI-STATE: FIVE-STRONG GANG HELD BY FBI
The fifth member of an alleged radicalized ISIS cell was arrested in the Tri-State area Monday just as authorities were ramping up security for the July 4 celebrations.
Store supervisor Alaa Saadeh, from Hudson County New Jersey, is charged with witness tampering and trying to provide material support for the terror network.
Authorities believe he and his four accomplices were involved in a plot to detonate a pressure cooker bomb at a New York landmark.
The suspects include 21-year-old Samuel Rahamin Topaz of Fort Lee, New Jersey, who was arrested on June 18.
He had previously posted a photo of himself dressed up like an ISIS fighter and captioned it: ‘Which assassin am I, or am I all of them?’
Queens, New York college student Munther Omar Saleh, 20, was arrested on June 7 and had allegedly been scouring the internet for bomb-making instructions.
An unnamed 17-year-old suspect was held in the same investigation while a fourth alleged sympathizer, student Fareed Mumuni, 21, faces a charge of attempting to murder an FBI agent.
Mumuni is accused of grabbing a large kitchen knife and lunging at agents as they executed a search warrant at his Staten Island home on June 17.
Saadeh’s brother was also arrested in Yemen according to court documents but he has not been named.
THE TEEN RUNAWAYS
They were just three teenage girls from Denver with a love of pop music and social media. But when the two sisters aged 15 and 17 skipped classes with a 16-year-old friend in October last year, the last thing on their mind was a Justin Bieber concert.
The trio were reported missing and eventually arrested in Frankfurt, Germany as they apparently traveled to Syria to join Islamic militants.
‘Social media has played a very significant role in the recruitment of young people,’ warned FBI spokesman Kyle Loven afterwards.
‘Young, disaffected youth who exist primarily on the fringes of society – they seem to be more susceptible to this type of propaganda’.
Mia Bloom, a professor of security studies at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, said ISIS uses promises of dream homes, husbands and Disney-esque happy endings to lure young brides to Syria. Boys too, it seems, are falling under the terror group’s radical social networking spell.
Mohammed Hamzah Khan, 19, was arrested last October trying to fly out of O’Hare International Airport in Chicago with his 17-year-old sister and 16-year-old brother.
Authorities say he was trying to link up with ISIS and he is charged with providing them with material support.
PIZZA SHOP JIHADIST ARRESTED WITH GUNS AND SILENCERS
First one: Mufid Elfgeeh was a naturalized American citizen running a pizza and chicken shop in Rochester, New York when he was arrested and accused of being a recruiter for ISIS
Mufid Elfgeeh, 30, arrested with guns with silencers
Yemeni-born Mufid Elfgeeh was a naturalized American citizen running a pizza and chicken shop in Rochester, New York.
But in September May 2014 he became one of the first people on American soil to be arrested and accused of being a recruiter for ISIS.
Authorities say the 30-year-old plotted to send three men to a ‘welcoming camp’ in Syria for jihadist education and training.
Two of the three, however, were FBI informants assigned to monitor Elfgeeh because of his anti-American rants online and his tweets in support for Al Qaeda.
He was arrested in a Walmart parking car lot after taking possession of two guns with silencers and ammunition.
According to the Department of Justice he was also plotting to shoot and kill members of the United States military who had returned from Iraq.
He denies attempting to provide material support and resources to ISIS, attempted murder and various firearms charges.
THE BROOKLYN ‘CELL WHICH WOULD TARGET US OR ABROAD’
Target home or abroad: From left Akhror Saidakhmetov; Abror Habibov; Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev; and Dilkhayot Kasimov. The four men, all immigrants from the former Soviet republics of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan are accused of supporting ISIS
Accused: Akhror Saidakhmetov, 19, (left) was arrested at Kennedy Airport, where he was attempting to board a flight to Istanbul, authorities said. Abdurasul Hasanovich Juraboev, 24, (right) had a ticket to travel to Istanbul and was arrested in Brooklyn, federal prosecutors said.
Target: The plotters are accused of wanting to funnel cash abroad but would have targeted New York sites including Coney Island if they had failed to get funds to ISIS
Authorities have made five arrests in Brooklyn, New York over an alleged plot to funnel cash and send jihadi volunteers abroad to fight for ISIS.
Akmal Zakirov, 29, was charged last month with providing material support to the terror group by funding overseas travel for his accomplices, according to court documents.
Abdurasul Juraboev, 24, Akhror Saidakhmetov, 24, were both arrested previously for trying to join ISIS, while two more men associates, Abror Habibov and Dilkhayot Kasimov, are accused of helping to raise funds for them.
Juraboev allegedly discussed assassinating President Barack Obama, according to the complaint, although he told an undercover informant he lacked ‘the means or an imminent plan to do so.’
FBI agents suspect that if gang failed to send anyone abroad they planned instead to attack NYPD officers in New York City, according to the New York Post.
New York’s Coney Island was another target they allegedly discussed.All six have pleaded not guilty and are being held without bail.
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