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New Tape Shows Terror Training on U.S. Soil

Isolated compounds like New York's "Islamberg" may spawn the next generation of homegrown jihadists.

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Ryan Mauro

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December 1, 2009 - 12:05 am
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On the heels of a deadly FBI shootout with a radical imam in Detroit and a Muslim extremist in the military launching a shooting attack at Fort Hood killing 13 people, a new videotape has been publicized showing American Muslims training in similar tactics, almost without a doubt on American soil.

The tape was given to me as the national security researcher for the Christian Action Network by a reliable law enforcement source. This source has provided me with other credible information on the Jamaat ul-Fuqra group that operates in the U.S. under the name of “Muslims of America” and the International Quranic Open University, among others. Although the tape is of poor quality, it clearly shows African-American Muslim women fluent in English dressed in military-style camouflage receiving guerrilla warfare training, including hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting, scaling fabricated walls, stealth maneuvering, and firing guns at a lake. They clearly are Americans and the training almost certainly takes place on U.S. soil.

The time stamp on the video is partially cut off, showing only “January 28, 20.” The last two appearing digits indicate that it was filmed in the year 2000 at the earliest. My source said it is believed that the video was taken at a place called “Islamberg” in New York, an isolated 70-acre community in the Catskill Mountains that serves as the group’s headquarters in the U.S. Martin Mawyer, the president of the Christian Action Network, is certain this is the case by comparing the footage to aerial photos his organization took of various Muslims of America sites around the country.

This tape comes in addition to another tape obtained by the Christian Action Network that formed the basis of its Homegrown Jihad documentary released earlier this year. The tape shows Sheikh Mubarak Gilani, the founder and leader of Jamaat ul-Fuqra and Muslims of America, training his recruits in hijacking vehicles, murdering guards, various forms of hand-to-hand combat, use of explosives and firearms, and other techniques any wannabe jihadist would need education in. In the film, Gilani specifically says that those watching the film can take their “advanced training courses in Islamic military warfare” by contacting any of his Quranic Open University offices in the U.S., Canada, or Pakistan.

The tape is powerful evidence of the intent behind the construction of these sites but lacks a filming date or location. This second tape proves that the training is occurring on U.S. soil and it was done, at the least, in the past decade. If such paramilitary training is still going on at Islamberg, it would not be the only Muslims of America site doing so.

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