Since the war on terror began, it seems that terrorists have moved further and further from the battlefields in Syria, Afghanistan, and Iraq, hoping to spread their venom elsewhere, away from where the American military is operating and dominating.
Recently, a ‘refugee’ man was arrested in Sacramento, California, not for a crime he committed in the city, or even in the United States, but for a crime he committed in Iraq. It is expected that this arrested individual will be put on trial in Iraq for the murder of a former Iraqi policeman. The fact that his neighbors through the was just a nice “friendly Muslim” family man is reason enough to reconsider our refugee and immigration systems in the United States.
Omar Abdulsattar Ameen was charged, in absentia, with a premeditated murder that took place during the ISIS resurgence in the nation.
According to investigators, Ameen was a member of a group that took part in a four-vehicle convoy that shot up the home of a former Iraqi police officer on June 22, 2014.
The Iraqi government says that Ameen was the one who fired the killing shot, shooting Ihsan Abdulhafiz Jasim while he was on the ground and ending his life with a shot to the chest.
This all happened against the backdrop of the ISIS takeover of the Rawah District in Al-Anbar Province, which occurred, at least in part, as a result of the Barack Obama administration’s military police in the region.
The government of Iraq says that a witness came forward and said that he could identify the killer, and it was Ameen who he identified.
On April 11, of this year, intelligence officials say that they have information on the person who had murdered Jasim in Iraq all those years ago.
A day later, a court received details, including ISIS videos and posts and the witness account, all identifying.
A little over a month later, on May 16, 2018, a judge issued a warrant for his arrest, and a month later, the government of Iraq filed so that the American government, and the state government in California, will extradite the alleged criminal to Iraq after his arrest.
On July 18, Douglas Silliman, the American Ambassador to Iraq, certified the extradition request with the Iraq government, performing one of the lesser-known duties that ambassadors have.
Two days ago, a warrant was submitted by investigators, and granted by a judge in Sacramento, California.
Yesterday, law enforcement executed that warrant, and seized the accused murderer, who is awaiting his next court date on Monday, August 20.
Investigators with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives are currently searching through Ameen’s apartment at Eastern Villa Apartments on Eastern Avenue.
Agents from both federal agencies have been taking boxes of evidence out of the complex.
Intelligence reports from Iraqi intelligence claim that Ameen worked with building materials, and even owned a shopping district in Rawah.
However, as early as 2004, they also tied him to various terrorist cells, most prominently al-Tawhid Wa al-Jihad, which is an Al Qaeda organization, so how was he allowed to enter the U.S.?
They also suggest that he was a close associate of Abu Mus’ab Al-Zarqawi, who was at the center of a number of bombings and similarly violent plots, as well as terrorist attacks and, perhaps most horrifically, beheadings.
Thankfully, Al-Zarqawi died in 2006, when an Air Force strike on a compound identified by a joint task force ended his life.
That didn’t seem to slow down Ameen’s terrorist acts, though, as he was allegedly linked to an attack against the Iraqi army’s headquarters later in 2006, which resulted in soldiers being killed and taken hostage.
Ameen’s neighbors seemed to be surprised by his arrest, and the revelation of who he had been. Neighbor Greg Hudson said that he was shocked, and that he just thought of the man as a “friendly, Muslim family man.”
Bill Portanova, a former federal prosecutor, said that it was simply an important wakeup call, a reminder that bad guys could end up anywhere in the world.
Perhaps the most important question, however, is how he ended up in the United States. After all, he was identified by Iraqi intelligence as being linked to terrorism 14 years ago, and it is likely that the Iraqi government shared that information with the American government.
According to the Department of Justice, the alleged terrorist fled from Iraq to Turkey, then settled in Sacramento sometime later as an alleged refugee.
That certainly suggests that refugee problems need to be given serious consideration. Despite claims from leftist politicians, the program does not seem to do a decent job of vetting applicants and alleged refugees.
If a man can go from murdering an Iraqi policeman to living in Sacramento in the span of four years, that program is not working.
Thankfully, it sounds like, barring some sort of legal intervention, Omar Abdulsattar Ameen will soon be back in Iraq, where he will have to answer for his crimes.