Report: Texas Islamic 'Village' Linked to Extremist Group in Pakistan
A shocking new report from The Clarion Project details a jihadist enclave in Texas that was investigated by the FBI for possible links to terrorism. The reporter who broke the story, Ryan Mauro, joined Fox and Friends this morning to discuss the details, saying the report is based on declassified FBI documents.
Mauro reported that the enclave is operated by a network called Muslims of the Americas, a radical group linked to a Pakistani militant group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra. Its members are devoted followers of Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, an extremist cleric in Pakistan.
Here's more from the The Clarion Project report:
The organization says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with Islamberg as its main headquarters in New York. The Clarion Project obtained secret MOA footage showing female members receiving paramilitary training at Islamberg. It was featured on the Kelly File on FOX News Channel in October. A second MOA tape released by Clarion shows its spokesman declaring the U.S. to be a Muslim-majority country.
A 2007 FBI record states that MOA members have been involved in at least 10 murders, one disappearance, three firebombings, one attempted firebombing, two explosive bombings and one attempted bombing. It states:
“The documented propensity for violence by this organization supports the belief the leadership of the MOA extols membership to pursue a policy of jihad or holy war against individuals or groups it considers enemies of Islam, which includes the U.S. Government. Members of the MOA are encouraged to travel to Pakistan to receive religious and military/terrorist training from Sheikh Gilani.”
The document also says that, "The MOA is now an autonomous organization which possesses an infrastructure capable of planning and mounting terrorist campaigns overseas and within the U.S."
Other FBI reports describe the MOA in similar ways, with a 2003 file stating, “Investigation of the Muslims of the Americas is based on specific and articulate facts giving justification to believe they are engaged in international terrorism…”
MOA members believe the holiest Islamic site in the country is located at their Islamville commune in South Carolina. Other MOA entities include the International Quranic Open University, United Muslim Christian Forum, Islamic Post, Muslim Veterans of America and American Muslim Medical Relief Team.
Mauro said that locals recall the camp being set up in the late 1980s.
"They are still preaching jihad. They still follow this radical Pakistani cleric that they basically believe is God. And they are a dangerous group and you can see it in the language of the FBI documents that we've released," he said.
Mauro explained that the group is mostly made up of American citizens and most of their activities in the U.S. are legal.
"They go right up to that line. The reason they're able to operate in the United States is because the State Department doesn't consider this group, Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a foreign terrorist organization. They operate in the United States under the name Muslims of the Americas," said Mauro.
Watch the full interview above.