But…but…John Kerry and David Cameron and Bill O’Reilly and the U.S. Catholic bishops and so many other unimpeachable authorities all assure us that the Islamic State has nothing — nothing! — to do with Islam! How did Ali Saleh become a misunderstander of the noble Religion of Peace? I trust that Kerry and Fr. Dwight Longenecker and Pope Francis and Boris Johnson are on their way to visit Ali Saleh in jail as soon as possible, so that they can explain to him the true, peaceful Islam.
NEW YORK (AP) — A man was arrested Thursday on charges he tried to help the Islamic State group, using Twitter to espouse support for the terrorist organization while attempting multiple failed trips to join fighters in Syria and Yemen.
Between September 2014 and last month, Ali Saleh stopped at airports in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia and Indianapolis, according to unsealed court papers. The 22-year-old Saleh was interviewed by federal agents at an Amtrak train station in Cleveland while en route to Toronto before he was finally arrested in Queens, according to the papers.
“Lets be clear the Muslims in the khilafah (caliphate) need help, the one who is capable to go over and help the Muslims must go and help,” Saleh posted on a Twitter account investigators believe he controlled in August 2014, when he booked a reservation to Turkey, a common point of entry to Syria, according to a criminal complaint.
That trip was thwarted after his parents took away his passport, the court papers show….
In the criminal complaint, FBI Special Agent Bret C. Luhmann wrote that Saleh told investigators in interviews before his arrest that he developed an interest in the Islamic State group and the war in Syria in 2013 and had sworn an oath of allegiance to the group.
But during one such interview in a hotel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in July, Saleh told law enforcement agents he wanted to go to Yemen to join Sunni fighters near the city of Yafa, and he wouldn’t join terrorist groups such as al-Qaida or the IS group, Luhmann wrote.
Weeks later, after returning to New York, Saleh posted from a Twitter account “an audio message entitled, ‘Come and join the Caliphate,'” Luhmann wrote.