The Boston bombers – Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev – are the latest in a broader pattern of militancy in the state of Massachusetts, according to a new report.
26 further individuals closely tied to jihadist activity have been based in Massachusetts, including 15 individuals who lived there, with offenses going back over 20 years.
Based on analysis from the a recent report entitled “Al-Qaeda in the United States: A Complete Analysis of Terrorism Offenses”, these individuals include:
- Those who have fought jihad abroad – including a Boston cab driver ‘martyred’ fighting Lebanese forces in 2000;
- Those who have fundraised for jihad via Care International – a Boston-based charity acting as a front group for the al-Kifah Refugee Center, itself the U.S. branch of Makhtab al-Khidamat – an organisation co-founded by Osama bin Laden and key jihadist ideologue Abdullah Azzam;
- Eleven of the 9/11 hijackers, who hijacked planes leaving from Boston Logan International Airport, used Boston as a base prior to their attack;
- Aafia Siddiqui, a female al-Qaeda (AQ) associate who attempted to murder U.S. officers and employees in Afghanistan;
- Rezwan Fedarus, who plotted terrorist attacks using explosives on U.S. soil.
From as early as 1993, the report suggests, there has been jihadist activity in Massachusetts, including fundraising for jihad; those convicted for planning jihad; and even those who have been killed while fighting abroad.
Prior to last week’s Boston bombing, there had been 26 individuals with links to Massachusetts connected to AQ and AQ-inspired terrorism. Fifteen had lived in Massachusetts, with eleven 9/11 hijackers using …