Fed complaint don't mention ISIL references in bomber's journal
Pages from the bloody journal of the New York and New Jersey bombing suspect Ahmad Khan Rahami show he was a follower of Al Qaeda as well as the Islamic State terror group, yet federal investigators made no reference to ISIS in their complaint charging him on Tuesday.There seems to be pretty conclusive evidence that this guy considered himself an Islamic terrorist out to avenge the deaths of other terrorists. It will be interesting to hear the reasoning of the federal prosecutors in excluding the references to ISIL.
At least two pages include references to Anwar al-Awlaki -- the American-born Muslim cleric who was killed in a 2011 drone strike and whose preaching has inspired acts of terror linked to ISIS and Al Qaeda. Federal investigators mentioned Awlaki in the complaints.
However, the journal also appears to reference Abu Muhammad al Adnani -- the ISIS spokesman killed by coalition forces in August after he called his followers to attack non-believers in their homelands.
"I looked for guidance came Sheikh Anwar, Brother Adnani, Dawla. Said it clearly – Attack the kuffar (non-believer) in the back yard," one section read. Page 12 of the indictment references this section without naming Adnani.
Rahami's screed also praised 9/11 mastermind Usama bin Laden and Nidal Hasan, the former Army officer who went on a deadly shooting rampage in 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas. Hasan was also a follower of Awlaki. The Counter Extremism Project’s research counted 77 extremists — 43 U.S. extremists and 34 European extremists — with ties to Anwar al-Awlaki. They include the Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen in June, as well as Syed Farook, one of the shooters in the San Bernardino massacre in December 2015.