U.S. officials: Iraqi refugee is a member of ISIS and Al Qaida
August 16, 2018 | Brainwave Science
A 45-year-old Iraqi refugee was arrested in Sacramento, Northern California on a warrant. Allegedly he was a member of the Islamic State terrorist organization and killed an Iraqi police officer.
Omar Abdulsattar Ameen was arrested Wednesday at an apartment. Court documents state he and other members of ISIS killed a police officer after the Iraqi town, Rawah, fell to the ISIS in 2014. The FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Ameen on a warrant issued in May 2018 by an Iraqi federal court in Baghdad. Federal Agents plan to extradite him to Iraq under a treaty with Iraq. Ameen made his first appearance in federal court in Sacramento on Wednesday. According to Iraqi documents filed in U.S. federal court, Ameen might face execution for the “organized killing by an armed group.”
Prosecutors say Ameen entered the U.S. under a refugee program, eventually settling in Sacramento, and tried to gain legal status in the United States. Officials can’t establish the tenure of Ameen’s arrival in the U.S.
The Trump administration has condemned the Obama-era settlement program, with regard to the lack of documentation regarding previous criminal or terrorism related association.
Officials said Ameen kept his membership in two terrorist groups when he applied for refugee status and green card in the United States as a secret. State Department and Department of Homeland Security officials did not immediately respond to questions about Ameen arrest.
The FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force has been investigating Ameen for filing fraudulent travel or immigration documents since 2016, according to court documents. It reveals the FBI independently corroborated Ameen’s involvement with the terrorist organizations and participation in the slaying.
The Iraqi arrest warrant and extradition request state Ameen entered his hometown of Rawah in the Anbar province of Iraq with a four-vehicle ISIS caravan and drove to the home of Ihsan Abdulhafiz Jasim, who had served with the Rawah Police Department. He and at least five other named suspects opened fire, and the man shot back, but the documents allege that Ameen fatally shot the officer in the chest as he lay down on the ground.
Documents state that Ameen’s family aided Al Qaeda in Rawah and that Ameen was a member of both Al Qaida in Iraq and ISIS. Ameen did several things to support the terror groups, including helping plant improvised bombs.
There are more than 65 million refugees in the world, according to the United Nations. Fleeing war, famine, persecution, and natural disaster, some travel thousands of miles for freedom and security. Historically, the United States has led the way in global refugee resettlement, taking in tens of thousands every year. Refugees from Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, and many more found shelter and safety in the U.S. Each year, less than 1% of the world’s refugees are given the coveted opportunity to restart their lives in a new country and the U.S. is a benchmark for granting such opportunities.
It is a fact that refugees do pose real threat to the safety and security of a country. In our case, Ameen and many others concealed their true identity as a member of (Al-Qaeda in Iraq) and ISIS to immigrate to the United States. Ameen lied about his background and the circumstances of his departure from Iraq in order to evade detection, seeking to blend into the flow of legitimate refugees fleeing the conflict zone. However, U.S.’s security screening process is considered topnotch, in which DHS and the State Department conduct their own, in-person interviews and use law enforcement and terrorism databases shared by the National Counterterrorism Center, the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Center, and the Department of Defense.
According to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, “Members of ISIS have said they are sending fighters into the masses seeking refuge.”
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