FBI Arrests Two Somali Refugees on Their Way to Egypt to Join ISIS

By Susan Jones | July 30, 2019 | 8:03am EDT
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(CNSNews.com) - President Donald Trump on Tuesday reminded Americans that the threat of terrorism is still with us.

"Get smart people!" he tweeted, referring to the recent arrest in Tucson, Arizona of two Somali refugees who were on their way to Egypt to join ISIS.

Trump's Justice Department announced the arrests of Ahmed Mahad Mohamed, age 21, and Abdi Yemani Hussein, age 20, on Monday. The two men are suspected of conspiring to provide material support and resources to ISIS.

Court documents state that both defendants came to the United States as refugees from Somalia. At the time of their arrest, Mohamed had obtained lawful permanent resident status and Hussein remained a refugee.

Over the past several months, the affidavit says, Mohamed and Hussein repeatedly demonstrated their allegiance to and support for ISIS, and discussed their desire and plans for joining ISIS overseas, in the course of various electronic and audio recorded conversations with an undercover FBI Agent.

After obtaining the necessary documents to travel overseas, Mohamed and Hussein purchased airline tickets for a flight scheduled to depart on July 26, 2019, from Tucson International Airport to Cairo, Egypt, to join ISIS.

The FBI arrested them after they checked in for their flight and passed through airport security.

The FBI says the investigation began when Mohamed contacted an undercover agent on social media, identifying himself as a Somali support of ISIS who wanted to join the group and achieve martyrdom.

According to the affidavit, Mohamed told the agent:

“I love jihad so much wallahi [I swear by Allah] I give my life jihad, I only think about jihad everywhere I go but my father and mom they don’t like jihad if they knew me I want to make hijrah [journey to ISIS] they would spy on me.”

Mohamed is quoted as saying he wanted to be the “beheading guy” if he ever made it to Syria, and that he wanted to kill so many “kuffar” [unbelievers] “I am thirsty for their blood.”

The FBI affidavit includes other quotations from Mohamed, including:

-- “I want to be the new jihadi John akhi [my brother] beheading the kuffar like animal”

-- “Akhi when I get my passport I make hijrah or die or go in jail”

-- If this kuffar stop me I will make attack with truck of anywhere that can kill so many kuffar”

-- “The best wake up call is Islamic State to get victory or another 911”

-- Akhi I want to travel but am waiting passport when I get passport we will make hijrah quickly”

Mohamed's alleged co-conspirator Hussein told the FBI he wanted to travel around the world and “make explosion.”

“He indicated that if someone tries to stop him, he will come to Tucson and the ‘city will die,’” the affidavit states.

Mohammed told the FBI that he and Hussein wanted to be “the most wanted terrorists in the world” and that they had to make a good plan on how to get out of the United States.

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