FBI stopped ISIS inspired attack in multiple locations around the Tampa Area

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FBI stopped ISIS inspired attack in multiple locations around the Tampa Area

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https://www.google.com/amp/s/patch.com ... -tampa-bay
He also rehearsed portions of the attack and practiced making statements on the video camera on his iPhone that he planned to release after the attack, according to the justice department.

“Know America. Today is your emergency. Today we kill from you guys like you killed from us,” was among the statements he made, according to the affidavit. “This is a revenge for Muslims.”

Another video showed Al-Azhari wearing a face mask, pretending to point a gun at someone on the floor, saying.“Hey you, get on the floor. Get on the floor now. Don’t you move, don’t you move, I’m telling you, I will kill you."

A third video showed him displaying the guns he purchased, singing,"We have a local silencer and the bullets are 9mm. To raise to the highest levels is a must for every crusader. This is 9mm, thank God. Will be used against God’s enemies. And this 22. Of course 22 of a hundredth of inches, not millimeter. I ask God the almighty to enable me and give me a duty that God will be happy with, and God is able to do that.”

Additionally, the FBI said he expressed admiration for 2016 Orlando Pulse nightclub shooter Omar Mateen and spoke of his desire to carry out a similar mass casualty shooting.

During a conversation with a confidential informant, the FBI quoted Al-Azhari as saying “that’s how I want to die, to be honest. I don’t want to take four or five, no. I want to take at least 50, you know, like brother Omar Mateen in Orlando did. He took 49 with him.”

FBI agents also interviewed some of his coworkers at Home Depot in Tampa. One supervisor said Al-Azhari "often spoke of Islam at work and conveyed views that were passionate and aggressive. In reference to the Sept. 11 attacks, Al-Azhari said he believed that Americans got what they deserved that day."

Another coworker said Al-Azhari kept a 9 mm handgun in the center console of his car.

After obtaining a court-approved order to review the data on his iPhone6s, the FBI said they found evidence that Al-Azhari visited a messaging application chat room that posted articles and videos on how to make a bomb, phosphate, hypochlorite sodium chlorine, hypochlorite sodium chlorox, trinitrotoluene and other explosive materials. He also downloaded PDFs titled “How to make a bomb at home," “Mujahid Guide in Forensic Research" and "4 Easy Ways to Make a Suicide Belt.” He also linked to a new article about how to use IEDs in warfare, types of IEDs and booby trapping.

Al-Azhari, who has a criminal history that includes prior terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia, came under FBI surveillance in May 2019 when he began making statements about his support of ISIS and his desire to take revenge on the United States for the imprisonment of Muslims, including ISIS fighters.

FBI agents arrested Al-Azhari May 24 after he took possession of weapons they said he planned to use a mass shooting including an AK-47-style rifle as well as the Glock pistol and silencer.

The U.S. Postal Service also alerted agents that he had purchased weapons parts on eBay and had them mailed to his address in Tampa.

Records from eBay Inc. show that on April 20 Al-Azhari bought a PF940v2 polymer pistol frame and jig kit from an eBay user in Texas for $375. He also tried to purchase a Glock 19 from an agent posing as an eBay seller.

Before concluding the conversation, the FBI said Al-Azhari asked the pretend eBay seller, “Hey bro, you know, do you also have like a baby AK or something like that?”

Records also showed that Al-Azhari purchased a number of military tactical items from the online shopping site, Wish, including a camera drone, a bullet-proof military tactical vest, a military high-powered laser pointer and a fuel trap solvent filter, a device designed to be attached to the muzzle of a firearm barrel.

Al-Azhari was convicted in Saudi Arabia in 2015 for terror-related crimes, including attempting to join a terrorist group. The FBI said he was planning to travel to Syria to participate in a jihad and join a terrorist group fighting the Syrian government. He was imprisoned for possession of extremist propaganda, holding extremist views and attempting to join the terrorist organization, Jaysh al Case.

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If he was convicted on terrorism charges in Saudi Arabia in 2015, what the hell is he doing in this country???

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Could face 20 years?

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“a fuel trap solvent filter, a device designed to be attached to the muzzle of a firearm barrel.”

Note to self.

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Why is it that this concerns me more than the wanna-be jihadi?
The U.S. Postal Service also alerted agents that he had purchased weapons parts on eBay and had them mailed to his address in Tampa.

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I agree, how did the Postal Service know he had purchased firearm parts? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
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Odessaman wrote:
Wed May 27, 2020 11:41 pm
Why is it that this concerns me more than the wanna-be jihadi?
The U.S. Postal Service also alerted agents that he had purchased weapons parts on eBay and had them mailed to his address in Tampa.

Yeah....that's a problem right there for sure.

But I guess you're not really living life if your'e not a list for something....

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Kinda fits...don't it. 😉
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Big bore lover wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 12:14 pm
I agree, how did the Postal Service know he had purchased firearm parts? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm
Maybe the urban rumors about the Postal Service x-raying packages are true? Or, there may have been a watch on the sender; suppose the center was also sending "oil filter adapters", and ATF spotted this and had a mail watch put on. It supposedly is true that the Postal Service photographs every piece of mail that goes through the system. Yeah, you know who is watching you know whom.
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REDinFL wrote:
Thu May 28, 2020 1:56 pm
Maybe the urban rumors about the Postal Service x-raying packages are true? Or, there may have been a watch on the sender; suppose the center was also sending "oil filter adapters", and ATF spotted this and had a mail watch put on. It supposedly is true that the Postal Service photographs every piece of mail that goes through the system. Yeah, you know who is watching you know whom.
The USPS has certainly upped their tech capabilities.

I can tell you that my mail from Upstate NY is now being forwarded to my current Florida address without one of those big yellow forwarding stickers on it. Still has just my NY address on it, yet it gets here.

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