first published on January 8, 2016 by Will
The FBI has arrested two Muslim male refugees on terror related charges on Thursday in Texas and California. Both suspects were Iraq-born Palestinians who came to America on refugee status, and it is unclear at this time if the two arrests were related or if the suspects knew each other.
Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, was living in Sacramento at the time of his arrest, but had also lived in Wisconsin and Arizona previously. According to the Justice Department’s allegations, he had traveled to Syria and fought in support of the hardline jihadist group Ansar al Islam. Al-Jayb was also charged for lying to immigration officials about his supposed affiliations with terrorist organizations.
Omar Faraj Saeed Al Hardan, 24, was living in Houston at the time of his arrest, and has been charged with giving material support to the Islamic State (ISIS), as well as unlawfully making false statements to procure citizenship or naturalization.
According to law enforcement officials, neither suspect was known to be currently planning a stateside attack, and were instead, arrested as an obviously potential safety threat. The arrests come at a time of great controversy concerning the influx of Middle Eastern refugees, some of whom may harbor intentions of carrying out terror attacks. Texas and Alabama have both sued the federal government, saying the federal agencies are illegally breaching the Refugee Act of 1980 by circumventing the states’ authority in the matter.