The U.S. now believes that Samir Khan, a 24-year old that operated a pro-terrorist website from North Carolina, is in Yemen and acting as the editor of Al-Qaeda’s new online English magazine, Inspire. Khan had a well-known history of terrorist sympathizes that begs the question of how he was permitted to board a flight to Yemen and join the terrorist group he publicly admired.
Khan was born in Saudi Arabia and moved to Queens, New York City when he was seven years old. As a teenager, he attended a camp run by a group called the Islamic Organization of North America, which the Anti-Defamation League describes as “the North American branch of a radical anti-Semitic and anti-American Pakistani organization, Tanzeem-e-Islami.” The IONA’s website admits its links to Tanzeem-e-Islami. The IONA also had the leader of the Islamic Circle of North America, a group tied to the Muslim Brotherhood and Jamaat-e-Islami, give the keynote speech at its 2004 conference. The group also sells a book called “The End of Democracy.”
At this time, Khan became a more devout Muslim but distanced himself from IONA because they weren’t extreme enough. The issue that broke the relationship was violent jihad. Khan felt Muslims could wage jihad on their own accord, whereas IONA said it had to be approved by the leader of a Muslim nation. Khan left the group and began participating in meetings with the Islamic Thinkers Society, an extremist group with ties to an Al-Qaeda affiliate in the United Kingdom called al-Muhajiroun.
In 2004, Khan and his family moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, where he began an Internet blog under the name of “Inshallahshaheed,” which means “A martyr soon if Allah wills.” He later moved his blog to Revolution.Muslimpad.com. He received significant media attention for his praise of Osama Bin Laden and terrorist attacks, listing Bin Laden and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi as “scholars of Islam” and linking to English translation of pro-terrorist sermons.
“America needs to listen to Shaykh Usaamah very carefully and take his message with great seriousness,” he wrote. He openly preached violent jihad in English and linked to radical Islamic websites where terrorists posted their videos of attacks on Coalition forces in Iraq. He also supported attacks on Muslims, praising a suicide bomber that struck an Iraqi police station as a “success story.”
Many of the videos he promoted were produced by the Islamic State of Iraq, an umbrella group that included Al-Qaeda. In some cases, Khan commented on the videos. In one posting containing footage of a battle in Afghanistan, Khan wrote, “You can even see an American soldier hiding during the ambush like a baby! AllahuAkbar! AllahuAkbar!”
Khan also condemned democracy and non-Muslims.
“Islam denounces democracy, Islam denounces Christians and Jews, Islam denounces the corruption of the disbelievers upon the earth, and Islam is coming to crush the armies of disbelief and smash the false government and religions of the world to bring humanity from darkness into light,” he wrote.
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