Yemeni National Living In Arkansas Charged with Providing Support to al-Qaeda
A Yemeni national living in Arkansas has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist organization after he flew to Yemen to support al-Qaeda, and then returned to his home in Arkansas.
“Bilal al-Rayanni was charged Thursday with supporting al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula between October and December of 2014 while he was in Yemen,” according to Associated Press.
Al-Rayanni’s alleged assistance to the terror group that masterminded 9/11 was uncovered after he was arrested in June in a potential immigration fraud scheme, in which he allegedly used a fake name to re-apply for a U.S. passport. That scheme, it turns out, has been long-running. Al-Rayanni told authorities that his father had purchased a U.S. visa from a Yemeni man whose surname was Kassim Alawdi in the 1990’s. Al-Rayanni’s father then applied for – and was granted – a U.S. passport for his son using that name. Thus, Bilal al-Rayanni became Bilal Kassim Alawdi, a name which he has used to renew and obtain new passports his entire life in the United States.
But al-Riyanni was up to something far more sinister behind the scenes.
“The Justice Department said al-Rayanni ‘provided and attempted to provide material support and resources, in the form of personnel (including himself) and services’ to the terrorist organization, but did not elaborate,” according to AP.
A concerned citizen first reported al-Rayanni to authorities for suspicious behavior. He was originally arrested on the false documentation charges in June, and charged on July 11. Last week, his rap sheet was updated with the terrorism charges. According to the report, if convicted al-Rayanni faces up to 20 years in jail on the terrorism charges, and 15 years in jail for each false documentation charge.
While the feds are focused on labeling “conspiracy theorists” – broadly defined as Americans who do not believe mainstream media propaganda – as a “domestic terror threat” the Islamic terror threat in America remains high, and is rapidly increasing.
As this site reported last month, Seitu Sulayman Kokayi, 30, who was described as a “Quran teacher, jihadist, and ISIS supporter,” was convicted in a Virginia court of “enticing a minor to engage in sexual conduct and transferring obscene matter to a minor.”
Kokayi is the stepson of Abdullah el-Faisal, a Jamaican-born Islamic terrorist first deported from the United Kingdom in 2007 after serving four years in prison on a terror-related conviction. Aligned with ISIS, el-Faisal mentored one of the four terrorists who blew up the London Subway in 2005, known as the 7/7 Bombings, which killed 56 people and injured 700 more.
Later, el-Faisal somehow managed to make his way to the United States, where he was arrested for attempting to recruit jihadis for ISIS. He awaits trial in a federal jail.
Koyaki, who also “promoted support for the Islamic State” but was not charged, will be released from prison in a decade after his sentence for child prob charges is completed.
Meanwhile, Democratic Party lawmakers, including Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar (MN), advocate for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which often assists in investigations and removal of suspected terrorists. Last week, ICE removed an Iranian national from the United States after he was convicted of international arms dealing.