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Report: Florida man may be 1st American suicide bomber in Syria
Stars & Stripes ^ | 5/30/2014 | Amy Sherman, Charles Rabin and Patricia Mazzei

Posted on 05/30/2014 6:14:18 PM PDT by markomalley

The young American suicide bomber who blew up a truck he was driving in Syria last weekend previously lived in Fort Pierce, Florida, law enforcement sources told the Miami Herald on Friday.

The man, in his 20s and thought to have been the first American suicide bomber in Syria, has been identified only by his nom de guerre, Abu Hurayra al-Ameriki, or Abu Hurayra the American. It’s unclear when he traveled to Syria or for how long before that he was in Fort Pierce, which is about 130 miles north of Miami.

Law enforcement officials were speaking Friday with the man’s family and friends — some of them elsewhere in Florida — and tracing his movements, including his online activity, in the U.S. before he left for Syria. Federal authorities are investigating whether he was recruited or radicalized online.

In photos purportedly showing Abu Hurayra in Syria, he appears smiling, with a reddish-brown beard. In one photo, he is holding a cat.

He was confirmed to have taken part in a joint suicide bombing on Sunday involving both al-Qaida’s Syrian franchise, the Nusra Front, and the Islamic Front’s Suqour al-Sham, according to Suqour spokesman Abu Farouk al-Shami, who spoke with McClatchy via Skype.

“It was an operation between mujahedeen from both Suqour al-Sham and the Nusra Front,” Abu Farouk said of the blast, which targeted a Syrian military position in Idlib province and included at least three bombers and tons of explosives. “Abu Hurayra was well-known to us in Suqour al-Sham for his kindness and bravery in combat.”

Abu Farouk said that he never knew the American’s real name, explaining that foreign members of Syrian rebel groups are instructed to adopt a nickname, or Kunya, in Arabic and to never reveal their actual name for security reasons. Abu Hurayra was a companion of the Prophet Muhammad, considered one of the most important figures in early Islamic history.

“Their families could be targeted by police or the CIA for coming to Syria,” he explained. “He would never share his name or show his passport, but we knew him to be American.”

In a martyrdom video released on YouTube, titled “The American Martyrdom for the Nusra Front,” the suicide bomber could be seen praying, playing with cats and preparing for his apparent mission. The video ends with a tremendous explosion that is said to have been from the bomb he detonated. Abu Farouk said the tape was authentic, but that could not be independently verified.

The Nusra Front rarely grants interviews to Western media, and spokesmen were unavailable for comment.

The U.S. government designated the group a terrorist organization in 2012, saying at the time that Nusra was an alias for al-Qaida in Iraq, which was founded by Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, a Jordanian, to battle the U.S. presence there. That designation was recently updated to recognize that the organization is officially seen as an al-Qaida branch operating in Syria.

The American suicide bomber’s ties to Florida were first reported by CNN. The Washington Post reported he was from South Florida.

The office of Sen. Bill Nelson said the Florida Democrat has been briefed on the situation. “The authorities know who the individual is and where he is from but are withholding that information for now,” Nelson’s office said.

According to his office, the senator has asked broader security questions about other Americans who have reportedly been associated with groups tied to al-Qaida.

Several weeks ago, FBI Director James Comey told reporters that investigators believe “dozens” of U.S. residents may have traveled to Syria to participate in the civil war.

“With time, more people are traveling from here to there,” Comey said, adding that “it’s gotten at least marginally worse.”

In a separate briefing, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper estimated upwards of 7,500 foreign fighters have joined the Syrian war. Comey estimated that “thousands” of these fighters came from European countries.

“There is going to be a diaspora out of Syria at some point,” Comey said, “and we are determined not to let lines get drawn between Syria today and a future 9/11.”

The overall problem of U.S. and other foreign-born fighters entering Syria has likewise been studied closely by the congressional intelligence committees. In February, Clapper told several panels in open sessions that “the 7,500-plus foreign fighters from some 50 countries have gravitated to Syria,” including “a small group of Af/Pak al-Qaida veterans who have aspirations for external attack in Europe, if not the homeland itself,” he said, referring to Afghanistan and Pakistan.

“That’s one of our major concerns,” Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said in an interview Friday. “We have a good, confirmed idea of those who have left the Western world for Syria, but we don’t know what we’re missing.”

Nunes, like Comey, voiced concern that foreign fighters with European passports may ultimately find their way into the United States.


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1 posted on 05/30/2014 6:14:18 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
Florida man may be 1st American suicide bomber in Syria...

Well, that's...nice.

I'm sure his family is proud of him.

2 posted on 05/30/2014 6:18:19 PM PDT by OldSmaj (I am an avowed enemy of islam and obama is a damned fool and traitor. Questions?)
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To: markomalley

Excuse me, with a name like Abu, he definitely isn’t an American-American.


3 posted on 05/30/2014 6:19:44 PM PDT by Doulos1 (Bitter Clinger Forever!)
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To: markomalley

... he won’t do THAT again ....


4 posted on 05/30/2014 6:20:27 PM PDT by Ken522
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To: markomalley

You never get a second chance to make a first impression...


5 posted on 05/30/2014 6:21:44 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: markomalley

Saw it on CBS news (don’t have cable) tonight presented much the same way. This will be a topic at least half the summer I guess—a disturbed 22 year-old acting out his fantasies. Very sad. I wonder what the spin will be. Tonight they showed a close-up picture of him holding a little kitten.


6 posted on 05/30/2014 6:23:14 PM PDT by TurkeyLurkey
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To: gov_bean_ counter
You never get a second chance to make a first impression...

I heard he completely blew it.

7 posted on 05/30/2014 6:24:05 PM PDT by Fightin Whitey
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To: markomalley

We did have the American woman from Michigan who went seeking allah and found him back in the early days of the war. I believe she was from Flint.

As I recall her parents had called the FBI to warn them about her. Fortunately she died there rather than here.


8 posted on 05/30/2014 6:25:58 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Doulos1

“Excuse me, with a name like Abu, he definitely isn’t an American-American.”
******************************************************************

That’s only his “nom de guerre”. For all we know his birth name could have been Ralph Smith.

Regardless, he’s still not an “American-American” in my book.


9 posted on 05/30/2014 6:26:04 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: markomalley

The good news is...he did it in Syria.


10 posted on 05/30/2014 6:26:24 PM PDT by moovova
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To: OldSmaj

You suppose they got a bumper sticker?


11 posted on 05/30/2014 6:26:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: OldSmaj

Those cute little boys, they blow up so quickly!


12 posted on 05/30/2014 6:30:11 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: BerryDingle

In before :

He blowed up real good!


13 posted on 05/30/2014 6:34:43 PM PDT by exit82 ("The Taliban is on the inside of the building" E. Nordstrom 10-10-12)
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To: markomalley

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2643828/Syria-suicide-bomber-calling-Abu-Hurayra-Al-Amriki-Al-Qaeda-video-U-S-citizen-grew-Florida.html

We can’t know his real name? Must be a Democrat...


14 posted on 05/30/2014 6:51:57 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: ltc8k6

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/syria-suicide-bomber-al-qaeda-grew-florida-report-article-1.1811177

More coverage.


15 posted on 05/30/2014 6:53:35 PM PDT by ltc8k6
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To: Fightin Whitey

ROFLOL!!!


16 posted on 05/30/2014 6:53:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romans 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools)
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To: markomalley
"Abu Hurayra the American"

Uh... no

17 posted on 05/30/2014 6:56:13 PM PDT by equalator
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To: markomalley

An American with blew eyes.


18 posted on 05/30/2014 7:04:57 PM PDT by umgud
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To: markomalley

Those are the types Obama and the Democrat Party want to bring by the troopship load over here to practice their trade.


19 posted on 05/30/2014 7:10:19 PM PDT by sport
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To: Doulos1

Bingo!


20 posted on 05/30/2014 7:14:56 PM PDT by SgtHooper (This is not my tag!)
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To: markomalley

but the left refuses to see this as islam. it truly is the real islam.


21 posted on 05/30/2014 7:19:04 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Doulos1

uhh... whats your definition of an “American American” name? I have a good friend named Lutz. Born and raised here. Is he “American American”? How about another guy I know named Himanshu. Also born and raised here.


22 posted on 05/30/2014 7:20:47 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: markomalley

Well, if there are only a “few dozen” Americans like him, they’re doing us all a favor by blowing themselves up over there...


23 posted on 05/30/2014 7:26:31 PM PDT by Afterguard (Liberals will let you do anything you want, as long as it's mandatory.)
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To: Afterguard

I wonder if he knew that “Abu” is the arabic word for “slave”?


24 posted on 05/30/2014 7:38:28 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: Doulos1

That’s not his name. It’s a nickname he adopted.


25 posted on 05/30/2014 7:41:11 PM PDT by wideawake
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To: null and void

No. Abd is slave. Abu is father.


26 posted on 05/30/2014 7:41:28 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: bigdaddy45

I think YOU know exactly what he means. There is a class of people who were born in the United States and therefore are citizens. However they’ve NEVER developed any loyalty to the United States and owe loyalty to their Moon God Cult/ideology.


27 posted on 05/30/2014 7:43:27 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: House Atreides

You are burdened with the name your parents gave you. That name doesn’t dictate what you become.


28 posted on 05/30/2014 8:08:02 PM PDT by bigdaddy45
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To: bigdaddy45

Could’ve been worse.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOHPuY88Ry4


29 posted on 05/30/2014 8:37:35 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (The zombies here elected alcee hastings. TERM LIMITS ... TERM LIMITS)
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To: combat_boots

Ah! Thanks!


30 posted on 05/30/2014 8:41:25 PM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: markomalley

Abu Hurayra the American. You can bet his raghead massas couldn’t wait to send the boy on a suicide mission. Scratch one “American”. LOL!


31 posted on 05/30/2014 9:46:24 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: markomalley

32 posted on 05/30/2014 9:50:17 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: markomalley

I’m from FL.

Better there than here.


33 posted on 05/30/2014 10:14:01 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: null and void

Well, being that “Islam” means “submission”, it all fits together, doesn’t it?


34 posted on 05/30/2014 10:16:50 PM PDT by I still care (I miss my friends, bagels, and the NYC skyline - but not the taxes. I love the South.)
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To: markomalley

Whatever you do, don’t push THAT button!

This button? (push)

KA-BOOM!!!

Yes, THAT button, moron.


35 posted on 05/31/2014 5:06:31 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: Doulos1

Exactly, with that name he should be labeled a Syrian-American. That would distinguish him from me...an American-American!


36 posted on 05/31/2014 5:15:04 AM PDT by ThePatriotsFlag ("There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: combat_boots
No. Abd is slave. Abu is father.

And Abdullah translates to "Slave of Allah" (or "Servant of God", if you like...)

37 posted on 05/31/2014 5:45:23 AM PDT by MirrorField (Just an opinion from atheist, minarchist and small-l libertarian.)
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To: I still care

Yeah. It would have if I’d gotten the translation right...


38 posted on 05/31/2014 7:27:13 AM PDT by null and void (Disarm Hollywood! No Guns for Box Office!)
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To: exit82

39 posted on 06/01/2014 12:26:53 PM PDT by drew
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