Teen Thought He Could Join al-Nusra by Email
Just because an English-language website looks like it belongs to Jabhat al-Nusra, the Syrian rebel group that is openly endorsed by al-Qaeda, doesn’t mean it actually is.
That’s the lesson Abdella Ahmad Tounisi, an 18-year-old Chicagoan, learned last week, as he was arrested by the FBI after he emailed the phony, FBI-run website offering to help him join the Syrian rebellion.
Tounisi was in court facing charges of “attempting to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization” because Nusra, online the rest of the US-backed rebellion, is listed as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by the State Department.
The charges are sure to spark controversy about the FBI once again entirely manufacturing a “plot” and then arresting the person that came in contact with it. Tounisi was never in touch with any actual foreign terrorist organizations, and his charges were based entirely on emails to a fake website and followup Google searches.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- ISIS Offers Cash Rewards for Foreign Spies - November 25th, 2014
- US to Leave More Troops in Afghanistan in 2015 - November 25th, 2014
- Iran Hardliners Slam Extension of Nuclear Talks, But Khamenei Approves - November 25th, 2014
- Years of Bombings Have Iraq Changing Baghdad Security - November 25th, 2014
- Pentagon Denies US Soldier Was Among Eight Hostages Rescued in Yemen - November 25th, 2014