Virginia: Two Muslims Charged with ISIS Jihad-Terror

ByPamela Geller on January 17, 2016
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Two Virginia Muslims were charged Saturday with attempting to support the Islamic State terror group following the arrest of one of the suspects at the Richmond International Airport, where he was beginning alleged travel to Syria.

Every day — more ISIS activity in America.

Here are the criminal complaints:

Farrokh+filed+complaint

Elhassan+filed+complaint

“Two Men Arrested in Attempt to Travel to Syria, Join IS,” NBC News, January 16, 2016:

A Virginia man who was allegedly attempting to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group and a man accused of helping him have been arrested, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Joseph Hassan Farrokh, 28, of Woodbridge, Virginia, was arrested Friday afternoon at the Richmond International Airport as he attempted to board a flight to Chicago. Officials said once he reached Chicago, he intended to board a flight to Amman, Jordan, with an ultimate destination of Syria.

Mahmoud Amin Mohamed Elhassan, 25, also of Woodbridge, was arrested Friday evening after returning from driving Farrokh to Richmond.

Farrokh, who is a U.S. citizen originally from Pennsylvania, has been charged with attempting to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

Elhassan, who is a legal permanent U.S. resident originally from Sudan, has been charged with aiding and abetting Farrokh’s attempt to provide material support and resources to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

According to the criminal complaints, Farrokh been trying to leave the United States and join ISIL in Syria since Nov. 20, 2015. Farrokh purchased an airline ticket on Dec. 21, 2015, for flights departing on Jan. 15 from Richmond with an ultimate arrival destination of Jordan, and would then travel to Syria.

The complaints state Elhassan introduced Farrokh to a person who Elhassan believed had connections to individuals engaged in jihad overseas. The person was an FBI informant cooperating with law enforcement as part of a plea deal for a reduced sentence in a criminal case, according to the complaint.

Elhassan also knew of Farrokh’s plans to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), a journey Farrokh believed was facilitated by the informant, and two other associates — also FBI informants. Farrokh told the informants that he lied to his family and had informed them that he intended to travel to Saudi Arabia to study.

In a taped conversation between Elhassan and one of the informants, the Sudanese-born man reported that Farrokh was close to leaving for Syria, and that his route would be through Jordan, not Turkey as previously planned.

According to the complaint, Farrokh told Elhassan that he “wanted to go right away and ‘chop their heads.'” Elhassan called his attitude as that of an “extremist,” to which Farrokh responded that he just “belongs on the battlefield and would rather go by himself.”

Elhassan picked up Farrokh Friday morning and drove him to Richmond to a location approximately one mile from the airport, according to the criminal complaints. Farrokh then took a cab to the airport, checked in for his flight, cleared security and was arrested as he was approaching his departure gate.

After driving Farrokh to Richmond, Elhassan returned to Woodbridge and voluntarily consented to an interview by FBI agents. During the interview, Elhassan lied to agents about a number of things, including when he last saw Farrokh.

When asked when he had last seen Farrokh, Elhassan told the agents it had been earlier in the day in Woodbridge. Elhassan also stated that Farrokh was going to the Dulles International Airport to fly to California to attend a funeral and would be gone for two weeks.

U.S. Rep. Barbara Comstock (R-Va.) praised authories for discovering and ending the alleged plot.

“Our federal law enforcement and national security agencies are working day and night to keep us safe from a radical Islamic threat that is constant,” she said. “These latest arrests within the Commonwealth demonstrate the threat is real, and we need our intelligence capabilities to be agile and vigilant. I commend the federal agents and our intelligence professionals who are operating in this difficult threat environment on a job well done.”

Farrokh and Elhassan each face a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, if convicted. The initial appearance for both men is scheduled for Jan. 19, 2016, in front of U.S. Magistrate Judge Theresa C. Buchanan at the federal courthouse in Alexandria.

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  • Shafiq Islam

    But let us all remember that this has absolutely nothing to do with the Muslim religion, which is a religion of peace.

    • Leela Kim

      Though you meant to be sarcastic, Indeed Islam is a religion of peace

      #love#peace#quran

      You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind enlightenment, and debate with them in the best possible manner. (Quran)

      Virtue and evil are not equal. If you replace evil habits by virtuous ones, you will certainly find that your enemies will become your intimate friends. (Quran)

      And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.”(Quran)

      The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind. (Hadith)

      Man is born from Adam (Adem) and Eve, and both of these parents, and all of humans, are made of dust, and in this right, no one person is better than the other (Prophet Muhammad Last sermon)

      All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab (Prophet Muhammad Last sermon)

      There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. (Quran)

      Proclaim: “This is the truth from your Lord,” then whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve (Quran)

      Religion is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded. (Hadith)

      And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth – that He may recompense those who do evil with [the penalty of] what they have done and recompense those who do good with the best . Those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, only [committing] slight ones. Indeed, your Lord is vast in forgiveness.. So do not claim yourselves to be pure (Quran)

      Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Final Day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” (Quran)

      O People of the Book! Let us rally to a common formula TO BE BINDING on both us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than God. (Quran)

      They are not all alike. Among the People of the Book there is a party who stand by their covenant; they recite the word of Allah in the hours of night and prostrate themselves before Him. (Quran)

      You shall not kill any person – for GOD has made life sacred (Quran)

      The Prophet, may Allah bless him, said, “Whoever killed a Mu’ahid (a person who is granted the pledge of protection by the Muslims) shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise though its fragrance can be smelt at a distance of forty years (of traveling).” (Hadith )

      If they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then GOD gives you no excuse to fight them (Quran)

      But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things. (Quran)

      Do not say to one who offers you peace, “You are not a believer,” seeking the spoils of this world. For GOD possesses infinite spoils. Remember that you used to be like them, and GOD blessed you. (Quran)

      If anyone wrongs a man with whom a covenant has been made, or curtails any right of his, or imposes on him more than he can bear, or takes anything from him without his ready agreement, I shall be his adversary on the day of resurrection.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Hadith 3052)

      Do not say, that if the people do good to us, we will do good to them; and if the people oppress us, we will oppress them; but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them” (Prophet Muhammad)

      Umar (after he was stabbed), instructed (his would-be-successor) saying, “I urge him (i.e. the new Caliph) to take care of those non-Muslims who are under the protection of Allah and His Messenger in that he should observe the convention agreed upon with them, and fight on their behalf (to secure their safety) and he should not over-tax them beyond their capability.” (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith)

      A funeral procession once passed in front of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and he stood up out of respect. When he was told the person in the coffin was Jewish and not Muslim, he said: “Was it not a living (soul)?” (Hadith)

      The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.” (Hadith)

      The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best charity is that given to a relative who does not like you. (Hadith)

      Do not turn away a poor man..even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you…GOD will bring you near HIM on the Day of Resurrection. (Hadith)

      And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. (Quran)

      ~~~

      Quran is a peaceful and tolerant one. The only situations where fighting is allowed is in self-defense. Aggression is always prohibited.

      • tanker

        The muslim law of abrogation proves you false. You cite the peaceful verses handed to mo before he was rejected by the Jews. The fruits of islam refute your lies about your fake religion.

      • Iamnumber6

        Except for all the latter verses from Medina that instruct muslims to strike terror, forcibly convert, chop heads off, kill jews and Christians. If you’re going to lie about islam’s intent, at least try and make it believable.

      • No Quarter

        WOW!!!!! How beautiful and peaceful !!!! LOL just kidding leela, STFU with your Koran Krap, wrong site for you to post such a lengthy bunch of tripe, as no one here reads crap like this. Most people here are educated and have read about your Nazi like “religion” . Kill Kill Kill that’s all you freaks do. Now go far away please and stay far away. islam = submit or die.

        • Leela Kim

          Nope just hanging around to observe the behavior of one sided haters who can’t handle information outside their belief . It’s pretty funny though

  • WarEagle82

    It is here. I started carrying shortly after the “Battle of Garland” because I knew it was only a matter of time.

    Get trained, get armed, and get a concealed carry permit.

    And remember that this is brought to you by your own central government.

    • RandallFlagg

      no do not get a permit- it lets the government know where to go to confiscate your weapon

    • Patricia

      > > > And remember that this is brought to you by your own central government.< < <

      That is the ultimate 'coup de grace'

  • Po Tato

    I have a suggestion …

    Since them moslems like to kill us so much, and since many of our special forces do need to have the experience, why don’t we get a remote island somewhere, make it into a real life gladiator arena, put them crazed moslem on one side, our boys on the other side, and let them have a no-hold-bar, fight-to-the-end event?

    That way, those moslems get to meet their maker fast (and we don’t need to pay for their room and board for the rest of their pathetic lives) and our boys get the real training they need

    And since we are a capitalist country, we can add in a blow-by-blow live-telecast coverage, available for those who pay for the streaming service

  • Mahou Shoujo

    Deport them to either somalia or libya, it is cheaper than keeping them in jail for any time. If they ever get caught in the U.s, shoot them on sight.

    • Ari Chen

      What for to deport? Let them board the plane to Syria but don’t let them return! Anyone wants to go to Syria? No problem…. but only one-way-ticket. No coming back. And oh… we confiscate all your property here. :)

      • Mahou Shoujo

        That would be ideal, get the isis sympathizers in as cohesive a unit as possible, then drop a large bomb on the assembly.

    • knight

      Honestly I would like all terrorist supporters hanged. Deport their families.

      No good in deporting terrorist to kill others, best dead where they cannot do harm

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Seems a bit harsh, but then, terrorists kill indiscriminately and for fun.

    • JimSherwood3

      Right ! It is ridiculous to place an endless burden upon U.S. taxpayers providing bed, bath, and board for these rug-rats.
      They want to go to Syria …let them …just stop letting them back in.

      • Mahou Shoujo

        Absolutely, this whole islamic colonist invasion would stop in its tracks if welfare was not motivating them to invade first world nations, destroy civilization, and get paid by the west for doing it.

  • Drew the Infidel

    How do you like that, a new use for Gitmo? And people think Trump is nuts for not wanting to import a fifth column? All he is saying is directly from Section 1182 of the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, a section entitled “Inadmissible Aliens”.

  • RandallFlagg

    Jihad on Americans
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    law enforcement agencies to hold back the facts. Need protection but don’t want
    the F.B.I. digging into your past to buy a firearm? There is a way. Replica cap
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    can be bough to make it shoot modern ammunition. All you need is a credit card
    or cash.

    a big one::

    http://www.midwayusa.com/product/1970122203/uberti-1858-remington-new-army-steel-frame-black-powder-revolver-44-caliber

    and get:

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    or a small one: http://northamericanarms.com/index.php/firearms/cb/m-cb.html

    and get the convsion
    cylinder

    protection is a
    must and the government will come for registered firearms any day now.

    • No Quarter

      Thanks for the info Mr. Flagg!! You learn something new and useful everyday. islam = submit or die.

  • knight
  • Leela Kim

    Let Us join the winning team. XOXO

  • Leela Kim

    #love#peace#quran

    You shall invite to the path of your Lord with wisdom and kind enlightenment, and debate with them in the best possible manner. (Quran)

    Virtue and evil are not equal. If you replace evil habits by virtuous ones, you will certainly find that your enemies will become your intimate friends. (Quran)

    And do not let the hatred of a people prevent you from being just. Be just; that is nearer to righteousness.”(Quran)

    The best of people are those that bring most benefit to the rest of mankind. (Hadith)

    Man is born from Adam (Adem) and Eve, and both of these parents, and all of humans, are made of dust, and in this right, no one person is better than the other (Prophet Muhammad Last sermon)

    All mankind is from Adam and Eve, an Arab has no superiority over a non-Arab nor a non-Arab has any superiority over an Arab (Prophet Muhammad Last sermon)

    There shall be no compulsion in religion: the right way is now distinct from the wrong way. (Quran)

    Proclaim: “This is the truth from your Lord,” then whoever wills let him believe, and whoever wills let him disbelieve (Quran)

    Religion is very easy, and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded. (Hadith)

    And to Allah belongs whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth – that He may recompense those who do evil with [the penalty of] what they have done and recompense those who do good with the best . Those who avoid the major sins and immoralities, only [committing] slight ones. Indeed, your Lord is vast in forgiveness.. So do not claim yourselves to be pure (Quran)

    Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Final Day and does good, they shall have their reward from their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.” (Quran)

    O People of the Book! Let us rally to a common formula TO BE BINDING on both us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than God. (Quran)

    They are not all alike. Among the People of the Book there is a party who stand by their covenant; they recite the word of Allah in the hours of night and prostrate themselves before Him. (Quran)

    You shall not kill any person – for GOD has made life sacred (Quran)

    The Prophet, may Allah bless him, said, “Whoever killed a Mu’ahid (a person who is granted the pledge of protection by the Muslims) shall not smell the fragrance of Paradise though its fragrance can be smelt at a distance of forty years (of traveling).” (Hadith )

    If they leave you alone, refrain from fighting you, and offer you peace, then GOD gives you no excuse to fight them (Quran)

    But if the enemies incline towards peace, do you also incline towards peace. And trust in God! For He is the one who hears and knows all things. (Quran)

    Do not say to one who offers you peace, “You are not a believer,” seeking the spoils of this world. For GOD possesses infinite spoils. Remember that you used to be like them, and GOD blessed you. (Quran)

    If anyone wrongs a man with whom a covenant has been made, or curtails any right of his, or imposes on him more than he can bear, or takes anything from him without his ready agreement, I shall be his adversary on the day of resurrection.” (Sunan Abu Dawud, Hadith 3052)

    Do not say, that if the people do good to us, we will do good to them; and if the people oppress us, we will oppress them; but determine that if people do you good, you will do good to them; and if they oppress you, you will not oppress them” (Prophet Muhammad)

    Umar (after he was stabbed), instructed (his would-be-successor) saying, “I urge him (i.e. the new Caliph) to take care of those non-Muslims who are under the protection of Allah and His Messenger in that he should observe the convention agreed upon with them, and fight on their behalf (to secure their safety) and he should not over-tax them beyond their capability.” (Sahih Bukhari, Hadith)

    A funeral procession once passed in front of the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) and he stood up out of respect. When he was told the person in the coffin was Jewish and not Muslim, he said: “Was it not a living (soul)?” (Hadith)

    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “He will not enter Paradise whose neighbour is not secure from his wrongful conduct.” (Hadith)

    The Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) said: “The best charity is that given to a relative who does not like you. (Hadith)

    Do not turn away a poor man..even if all you can give is half a date. If you love the poor and bring them near you…GOD will bring you near HIM on the Day of Resurrection. (Hadith)

    And every soul earns not [blame] except against itself, and no bearer of burdens will bear the burden of another. (Quran)

    ~~~

    Quran is a peaceful and tolerant one. The only situations where fighting is allowed is in self-defense. Aggression is always prohibited.

    • IzlamIsTyranny

      Allah and muhamMAD can ESAD — along w/muslums like you.

  • Dupper bob

    Found undocumented animals have ear tags or radio collars put on so their nest can be found. These obviously fake refugees need tagging and return to nations of origin.

  • Jane Kohut-Bartels

    Refuse to re allow them back into the US. To Hell with them. However, it is obvious that our security and investigation personnel are asleep at the wheel.

  • iprazhm

    Senator Mark Warner Visits ADAMS Center Ahead of Election SAMAN QURAESHI, MUSLIM LINK CONTRIBUTING WRITER 05 AUGUST 2014 Virginia Senator Mark Warner visited the All Dulles Area Muslim Society (ADAMS) Main Center in Sterling, VA on Friday, June 20, 2014 to give his Ramadan greetings to the congregants and attend the Jummah gathering. Warner (up for a re-election this year) admitted that he needs to come to the masjid more frequently.

    http://www.muslimlinkpaper.com/community-news/community-news/3695-senator-mark-warner-visits-adams-center-ahead-of-election.pdf