Skip to comments.FBI: Aurora teen arrested before heading to Syria to join ‘jihadist militant’ group
Posted on 04/20/2013 3:33:19 PM PDT by EBH
An 18-year-old Aurora man was arrested Friday night before he tried making his way to Syria to join a jihadist militant group, federal authorities said.
Abdella Ahmad Tounisi was taken into custody without incident late Friday at OHare Airport by members of the Chicago FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force as he attempted to board a flight destined for Istanbul, Turkey, according to the FBIs Chicago office.
Tounisi, a U.S. citizen, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin Saturday for allegedly attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization. He appeared on Saturday before U.S. Magistrate Judge Tounisi, who is reportedly friends with another suburban man charged with trying to bomb a Chicago bar, was ordered held in custody until his next court appearance, on April 23.
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So a U.S. citizen cannot leave the country because the governmnent is convinced he will supply himself as a weapon of war? How in h*ll is that proved? Somebody’s grandstanding. Oh wait, its Chicago, home of His Excellency.
Obama is creating jobs...for the bad guys!!! WTFrick
computer communication, cell phone, skype, plane tickets, asscociations...
come on commrade get with the game being played.
Yep. Amish name - again.
If he`da just signed on for a Mediterranean Carnival cruise to Turkey, it wouldna raised this kinda stink.
Dumbo’s son’s again.
If you take the “i” off the end of the last name........
Looky whatcha get!
And yet all these Islamic immigrants are called “homegrown” terrorists by Fox News.
Sorry, we didn’t grow a single one of these raghead bastards.
WOW these cockroaches are coming out of the woodwork aren’t they..If Obama had an Arab son...
Should’ve ex-filtrated the southern border. Maybe it’s harder than going North?
Our approach to addressing this problem isn’t helped by using insulting terms such as “ragheads”. Likely you missed the memo. The headwear of our opponents is not the result of a meticulously folded towel or rag. In fact a small sheet of cloth is used. The memo directed us to use a different less insulting phrase when describing the persons wearing it. “Little sheet heads” is the approved and advocated term of referrence.
He was stopped from leaving the country due to his documented attempts to join an international terrorist organization. That is against our laws.
It appears from the article, the government does have numerous legally obtained evidence to offer as “reasonable proof”.
So yes, a US citizen can and will be stopped from leaving the country, if a judge is convinced by a preponderance of legally obtained evidence, and a judge determines it is legal to detain him/her, because a formal accusation of his/her intent to commit illegal acts on foreign soil is within the bounds of reasonable.
What aspect of this case do you have a problem with?
Let him go there just not return!
He might just make a mistake learning suicide bombing!
Or being American with out a head!
Another future democrat congressman after he serves his six months in some minimum level jail.
Another wannabe in the satanic cult of Islam.
Nice thinking, BG. BTTT. Thanks for posting, EBH. Very interesting.
With all due respect that’s NOT an Amish name.....it’s Mennonite.
I feel super safe now. All terrorists have been caught. The government is doing its job.
“FBI Arrests Aurora Teen On Charge Of Supporting Terrorism Overseas”
April 20, 2013 2:41 PM
SNIPPET: “The FBI says it has been investigating Tounisi since 2012. The FBI claims he was a close friend of of Adel Daoud, who was arrested in September 2012 for attempting to detonate a bomb outside a bar in Chicago.”
SNIPPET: “The FBI claims Tounisi conducted online research on overseas travel and violent jihad from January to April 2013, focusing on the Jabhat al-Nusrah terrorist group. In late March 2013, the FBI claims he made contact with a man he believed was an undercover agent posing as a recruiter for the terrorist group and exchanged a series of emails in which Tounisi shared his plan to get to Syria by way of Turkey and willingness to die for the cause.
Tounisi purchased an airline ticket for a flight from Chicago to Istanbul on April 10 and the undercover agent provided him with a bus ticket from Istanbul to Gaziantep, Syria, according to the FBI. He was arrested after passing through airport security.”
Linen, cotton or silk sheets?
Jihad Teen Arrested for Plotting to Blow Up Chicago Bar
Associated Press via The Gateway Pundit ^ | 9-15-12 | Jim Hoft
Posted on September 15, 2012 6:11:47 PM PDT by STARWISE
A Chicago teen was arrested in Chicago for trying to blow up a bar with a car bomb. News 9 reported:
Undercover FBI agents arrested an 18-year-old American man who tried to detonate what he believed was a car bomb outside a downtown Chicago bar, federal prosecutors said Saturday.
Adel Daoud, a U.S. citizen from the Chicago suburb of Hillside, was arrested Friday night in an undercover operation in which agents pretending to be extremists provided him with a phony car bomb.
The U.S. District Attorneys Office in Chicago announced the arrest Saturday and said the device was inert and that the public was never at risk.
Daoud is charged with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to damage and destroy a building with an explosive.
The FBI began monitoring him he allegedly posted material online about violent jihad and the killing of Americans, federal prosecutors said.
In May, two undercover FBI employees contacted Daoud in response to the material and exchanged several electronic messages with him in which he expressed an interest in engaging in violent jihad in the United States or abroad, according to an affidavit.
For The Record - The IPT Blog
Chicago Teen Vows to Fight Bomb Plot Charges
by Abha Shankar Sep 17, 2012 at 5:57 pm
SNIPPET: He also registered with an online jihad-related Internet forum and e-mailed individuals a PowerPoint presentation titled The Osama bin Laden I Know.
Osama wasnt crazy for wanting to destroy America, he wrote. This superpower killed millions of people.
Daoud also praised American-born al-Qaida cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, writing that those people insulting awlaki can go kill themselves and prayed that Awlaki, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike in Yemen last year, would be accepted as a martyr.
Court records indicate Daouds desire to carry out a terrorist attack was spurred by instructions from al-Qaidas Inspire magazine: I live in the United States of America/hypocrisy. I want to in the future inshaAllah go for jihad in the Cause of Allah .i hate the oppression of the USA and i would love to do something that would hurt it from the inside.
American civilians were legal targets for attack, he wrote, because Americans pay their taxes which fund the governments war against Islam and they VOTE for the leaders who kill us every day.
“FBI: Aurora man wanted to join al-Qaida in Syria”
By Carlos Sadovi
5:15 p.m. CDT, April 20, 2013
SNIPPET: “Tounisi had hoped to eventually join a jihadist militant group operating inside Syria called Jabhat al-Nusrah, according to the complaint. The organization is an alias for al-Qaida in Iraq, according to the complaint.
Since November 2011, Jabhat al-Nusrah has claimed nearly 600 terrorist attacks ranging from more than 40 suicide attacks to small arms and improvised explosive device operations in major city centers in Syria, officials said.”
So some little unknown town in Syria has to deal with the consequences of his insane and openly stated murderous intentions to kill some of their neighbors for them?
I know our exports are down, but this is not the way to fix the imbalance.
SNIPPET: The FBI says it has been investigating Tounisi since 2012. The FBI claims he was a close friend of of Adel Daoud, who was arrested in September 2012 for attempting to detonate a bomb outside a bar in Chicago.
ADDING to post no. 29:
LONG WAR JOURNAL: “Results tagged Al Nusrah Front
LONG WAR JOURNAL: “Results tagged Al Qaeda in Iraq
Business is our business madam. The choices are wide and varied and the cost is only limited by what the market will bear. Spandex might serve for a few select individuals in high positions. Although my recommendations hold no weight against a customers desire and or need.
I thank you for your support.
Or, like Bill Ayers, he could get a $150,000/year job teaching how to teach at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
I guess it beats having a drone slammed up his a$$ - of course that will be reserved for those who speak against tyranny and the aspiring terrorists will be Mirandized...
24 April 2013, 10:39
USA vs ABDELLA AHMAD TOUNISI
This is the young man who was recently arrested at O’Hare on his way to join al-Qaida in Syria. This was not his first involvement in terrorism related activity, nor his first encounter with the FBI. Suffice it to say he suspected the undercover agent of being an undercover agent, but was done in by the “terrorist website” operated by the Bureau.
Whatever it takes. Here’s the Complaint and Affidavit:
(Note: Contact phone number deleted for this posting.)
NOTE The following text is a quote:
FBI Arrests Suburban Chicago Man on Charge of Supporting Terrorism Overseas
April 20, 2013
Special Agent Joan Hyde
An alleged attempt by an Aurora, Illinois man to travel to Syria in order to join a jihadist militant group operating inside Syria led to his arrest Friday evening. The arrest was announced today by Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and Gary S. Shapiro, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois.
Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, 18, a U.S. citizen, was taken into custody without incident late yesterday at OHare International Airport by members of the Chicago FBIs Joint Terrorism Task Force as he attempted to board a flight destined for Istanbul, Turkey. He was charged in a criminal complaint filed today in U.S. District Court with one count of attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization, a felony offense. Tounisi appeared earlier today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel G. Martin and was ordered held until his next court appearance, which is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on April 23, 2013.
In making todays announcement, Mr. Nelson stated that the investigation that culminated in Tounisis arrest began in 2012 and that there is no connection between this case and the events that occurred over the last several days in Boston.
The complaint states that Tounisi is a close friend of Adel Daoud, an individual arrested in September 2012 for attempting to detonate a bomb outside a Chicago bar and that Tounisi and Daoud appeared to share an interest in violent jihad. While Tounisi allegedly discussed attack techniques and targets prior to Daouds arrest, Tounisi did not participate in Daouds attempted attack.
According to the complaint, from January to April 2013, Tounisi conducted online research related to overseas travel and violent jihad, focusing specifically on Syria and the Jabhat al Nusrah terrorist group. Jabhat al Nusrah is listed by the U.S. Department of State as an alias for al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), a designated foreign terrorist organization. The complaint alleges that Tounisi searched online for information about travel from Chicago to Syria, obtained a new passport, and, beginning in late March 2013, made online contact with an individual Tounisi believed to be a recruiter for Jabhat al Nusrah. That individual was in fact an FBI employee acting in an online undercover capacity. The complaint further alleges that Tounisi and the undercover employee exchanged a series of e-mails in which Tounisi shared his plan to get to Syria by way of Turkey, as well as his willingness to die for the cause. During the exchanges, Tounisi also sought advice from the undercover employee on travel from Istanbul to the Turkish city of Gaziantep, which lies near the border of Turkey and Syria.
The complaint states that on April 10, Tounisi purchased an airline ticket for a flight from Chicago to Istanbul and on April 18, the undercover employee provided Tounisi with a bus ticket for travel from Istanbul to Gaziantep. Tounisi arrived at OHare International Airports international terminal Friday evening, and after passing through airport security, he was arrested.
If convicted of the charge filed against him, Tounisi faces a maximum penalty of 15 years in federal prison.
The JTTF is composed of special agents of the FBI, officers of the Chicago Police Department, and representatives from an additional 20 federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies. The Justice Departments National Security Division assisted in the investigation.
Mr. Nelson expressed his gratitude to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for the significant support provided by its officers during the arrest of Tounisi.
The public is reminded that a complaint is not evidence of guilt and that all defendants in a criminal case are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
“Feds appeal order to release teen allegedly tied to terror group”
BY KIM JANSSEN Federal Courts Reporter
May 2, 2013 2:42PM
Updated: May 3, 2013 2:30AM
SNIPPET: “Prosecutors say Abdella Ahmed Tounisi is a potentially dangerous terrorist whos been caught on tape saying he wants to die a martyr.”
SNIPPET: “Arrested on April 19 as he tried to board a plane to Turkey at OHare, Tounisi is accused of plotting to join up with the al-Qaida group Jabhat al-Nusrah to fight in Syria.
Hes also accused though not charged with helping his best pal, Adel Daoud, select a South Loop bar as a bombing target last year.”
NOTE The following text is a quote:
Chicago-Area Man Indicted for Allegedly Obstructing Justice and Soliciting the Murder of an Undercover FBI Agent
U.S. Attorneys Office
August 29, 2013
Northern District of Illinois
CHICAGOA Hillside man was indicted today on federal charges for allegedly soliciting the murder of an undercover FBI agent after the defendant was arrested last September and charged with attempting to detonate a purported bomb outside a bar in downtown Chicago. The defendant, Adel Daoud, was charged with one count each of solicitation of murder or attempted murder of a federal agent, murder-for-hire, and obstruction of justice in a three-count indictment returned by a federal grand jury.
Daoud, 19, will be arraigned on todays charges on a date to be determined in U.S. District Court. He has pleaded not guilty to terrorism-related charges stemming from his arrest on September 14, 2012, when he allegedly attempted to detonate a purported explosive device. His trial on those charges is scheduled for April 7, 2014.
According to todays indictment, in July 2012, Daoud was introduced to Individual A, an undercover FBI agent posing as a terrorist residing in New York, who would supply Daoud with an explosive device to use in a terrorist attack in Chicago. After he was arrested, Daoud learned that Individual A was an FBI agent. Between October 26 and November 29, 2012, Daoud allegedly solicited another person to use physical force to murder or attempt to murder the undercover agent.
The murder-for-hire count alleges that on November 28, 2012, Daoud caused another person to use a telephone with the intent of committing the murder Individual A in return for payment. The obstruction count alleges that between October 26 and November 29, 2012, Daoud attempted to kill Individual A to prevent the agent from attending and testifying in court.
The indictment was announced by Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, and Robert J. Shields, Jr., Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The government is being represented by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Barry Jonas and William Ridgway.
The solicitation count carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison; murder-for-hire carries a maximum of 10 years; the obstruction of justice count carries a maximum of 30 years; and each count carries a maximum fine of $250,000. If convicted, the court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal sentencing statutes and the advisory United States Sentencing Guidelines.
An indictment contains only charges and is not evidence of guilt. The defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
A bit off Topic, but interesting.
NOTE The following snippet is a quote:
The Government of Canada lists Jabhat Al-Nusra and al-Muwaqi’un Bil Dima as terrorist organizations
Ottawa, November 8, 2013 The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced that the Government of Canada has listed Jabhat Al-Nusra and al-Muwaqiun Bil Dima as terrorist groups under the Criminal Code.
Jabhat Al-Nusra is an organization that has claimed responsibility for nearly 600 terrorist attacks, including car bombings and suicide attacks that have killed scores of innocent Syrian civilians, said Minister Blaney. Listing this terrorist entity, which has publicly sworn allegiance to Al-Qaida, is an essential part of our efforts to combat terrorism.
Al-Muwaqiun Bil Dima also supports Al Qaidas violent ideology, and its leader, Mokhtar Belmokhtar, is a well-known Al Qaida associate. The organization has claimed responsibility for the January 2013 attack on the Tigantourine gas facility in eastern Algeria that resulted in the deaths of at least 48 hostages, added Minister Blaney. This heinous and cowardly attack demonstrates that terrorism remains a prevalent global problem and must be addressed with every tool at our disposal.
The safety and security of Canadians is a priority for our Government, and the listing of terrorist entities sends a strong message that terrorist activity will not be tolerated.
The actions of Jabhat Al-Nusra and al-Muwaqiun Bil Dima meet the legal threshold set out in the Criminal Code, which requires the existence of reasonable grounds to believe that the entity has knowingly participated in or facilitated a terrorist activity or is knowingly acting on behalf of, at the direction of, or in association with such an entity.
The listing process requires extensive analysis of intelligence and/or criminal information.
Under the Criminal Code, any person or group listed may have their assets seized and forfeited. There may be severe penalties for persons and organizations that deal in the property or finances of a listed entity. In addition, it is a crime to knowingly participate in, or contribute to, any activity of a listed entity for the purpose of enhancing the ability of the entity to facilitate or carry out a terrorist activity. This offence and other related offences are set out, in full, in the Criminal Code.
The names of listed entities under the Criminal Code can be found on the Public Safety Canada Web site at www.publicsafety.gc.ca under National Security.