Raja Lahrasib Khan, 56, was charged Friday with trying to fund al-Qaeda and discussing a possible attack on a stadium in the US in the summer. The complaint against Khan, naturalized citizen of Pakistani origin, was filed by FBI based on the conversation Khan had has with an FBI undercover agent
CNN has broadcasted a new audio made by Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born Muslim cleric with links to several terrorist plots. In the audio, a voice similar to Mr. Awlaki’s says: “with the American invasion of Iraq and continued U.S. aggression against Muslims, I could not reconcile between living in the U.S. and being a Muslim, and I eventually came to the conclusion that jihad against America is binding upon myself just as it is binding on every other Muslim.” Mr. Awlaki, born in New Mexico, left the US to live and work in Yemen in 2002.
In Philadelphia, Coleen LaRose, an American woman who dubbed herself “Jihad Jane” pleaded not guilty to four federal terror charges. She was accused of Jihadism and conspiracy to commit murder. Authorities say she intended to murder a Swedish artist who had offended the prophet Mohammad. Authorities alleged that LaRose contacted co-conspirators from around the world online.
Homegrown terrorism is not a significant threat in the US, according to Professor Charles Kurzman, a professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina and co-author of “Anti-Terror Lessons of Muslim-American Communities.”
The study reveals that the number of individuals involved in terrorism in the US was only 139 since 2001, not enough of an increase to label it a trend, even after the Fort Hood and Christmas Day incidents.