Terrorism Case Study: Farooque Ahmed

On October 27th, 2010 a Muslim named Farooque Ahmed was arrested for attempting to provide material support to the international terrorism organization known as al-Qa’ida. Ahmed plead guilty to the charges and was subsequently sentenced to 23 years in prison.

Ahmed was/is a naturalized citizen from Pakistan who came under the watch of the FBI following a tip from members of the Muslim community who knew him which warned that Ahmed was interested in radical Islam. Ahmed was apparently influenced by the dictations of Anwar al-Awlaki who called on Muslims in the US to carry out terror attacks in the name of Jihad.

In order to probe Ahmed’s intentions and preempt his activities, the FBI formulated an elaborate sting operation utilizing undercover agents posing as al-Qa’ida operatives.

The intelligence compiled on Ahmed throughout the sting operation revealed that he intended to carry out bombing attacks against major MetoRail stations in and around Washington D.C., including the Pentagon City station, Crystal city station, and the Arlington cemetery. He wanted to inflict maximum casualties on military personnel who frequented these rail systems, and to this effect, carried out video surveillance of these areas to learn the logistical problems of getting explosives into a selected area as well as confirming the time of ‘peak volume’ of passengers. While Ahmed had no formal training, he reportedly trained himself for Jihad with the use of firearms and gained experience with the martial arts.

Ahmed intended to detonate explosives in a coordinated attack against multiple rail station targets during ‘rush hour’ (1600-1700), but he had no idea that the “al-Qa’ida operatives” who were providing him ‘support’ were in fact FBI agents.

Thanks to them, Ahmed’s attack never came to fruition.

Ahmed was “shinobi’ed” by the spies of the FBI.

Well done.



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