The Imam of the Islamic Center of Portland, Mohamed Sheikh Abdirahman Kariye, has been stripped of his citizenship and booted from the United States.
Kariye has been on the Department of Homeland Security “no fly list” since after 9/11. Local terrorist defense lawyers have been fighting to get him off the list since. But it appears that the imam’s track record was simply too much for the feds to ignore.
It sure took long enough. The name “mosque of the sword” is like a blinking neon sign.
Kariye presided over the radical Islamist teachings at the Masjed As-Saber mosque and, according to court documents and first hand accounts, he encouraged violent jihad, financially helped people who wanted to join the mujahideen and sent them to Afghanistan and elsewhere for weapons and tactical training.
Kariye was shown to have fraudulently applied for citizenship. His citizenship was stripped and he was ordered out of the country. He’s in “Somaliland” as we speak.
How it took this long to boot this thug from the U.S. is a wonder, but chalk it up to the law fare crowd in Portland whose legal parrying prolonged his stay. This terrorist bar also defended Gitmo detainees and Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Portland Christmas tree bomber.
The evidence of violent jihad emanating from this mosque couldn’t be clearer. In his federal terrorism trial in Portland, Mohamed Osman Mohamud, the Christmas tree bomber, raved about the mosque in an email, “It’s cool. Saber or something. Yeah, Saber. It’s legit.” Mohamud had attended the mosque as a public school student. He also attended a Muslim Brotherhood-connected mosque during his stint at Oregon State University.
The young man who wrote for two jihadi magazines and twice tried to detonate his hand built bomb that would flatten two square blocks of downtown Portland – killing thousands of Christians at a Christmas tree lighting – knew the mosque he’d prayed at as a junior high student was a “legit” place to hear about violent jihad.
He wasn’t the only one. Kariye’s mosque produced the so-called “Portland 7,” a clan of extremist Muslim fundamentalists who raised money to travel overseas to train and fight American soldiers in Afghanistan.
The FBI says Kariye and members of the mosque provided money for their terror trip.
One of the Portland 7 bagmen was Maher Hawash, who it might interest you to know was a former acquaintance of mine (our kids went to school together) in his pre-jihadi days. I and most others knew him as “Mike,” a name he abandoned as he became more radical. He too was a Masjed as-Saber member and is doing time in federal prison for his complicity in the case.
The FBI also contended that Kariye had direct connections with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda connected groups. But the imam has been in the U.S. fomenting violence for the nearly 20 years since he came on the FBI/DHS radar.
But that’s not the end of the story. Oregon is a hotbed of all kinds terror activity.
The Bly, Oregon jihadi training camp was attended by “carloads of terrorists” from all over the world, but those details were downplayed by the local press.
A Portland Water Bureau employee was busted for supporting jihad.
An Ashland “charity” Al Haramain funneled money to jihadist Chechen rebels.
Protesters picketed, threatened and targeted scientists conducting animal research.
White nationalist groups also call parts of the area ‘home.’
The list goes on.
This is the ‘progressive’ town after all that indulges lawlessness of all kinds – even from designated terrorist groups. It gives a pass to Antifa, its Anarchist brethren, animal rights terrorists who drive out businesses and threaten and carry out violence.
As I’ve chronicled for many years now Portland has turned into a lawless petri dish. The only thing shocking about this case is that the imam got booted at all.