Michelle Malkin asked last month, “Where in the world is jihad pilot Adnan Shukrijumah?”
Sources for the watchdog group Judicial Watch say they have the answer: The ‘Most Wanted’ al Qaeda terrorist was conspiring with narco-terrorists in New Mexico in March of this year.
Shukrijumah has been wanted by the government for over a decade. One of his aliases, Ja’far al-Tayar, translates to ‘Jafar the pilot’, according to Malkin. The federal government issued a material witness arrest warrant for him in 2003 and placed a $5 million bounty on him. In 2010 he was indicted by a federal grand jury on terrorist charges. In July, 2004 he was reported to have met MS-13 leaders in Honduras seeking the group’s help in smuggling terrorists in to the United States through the southern border.
A Judicial Watch report released this week puts Shukrijumah in New Mexico twice in recent years along with a fellow most wanted terrorist and two alleged narco-terrorist operatives.
“During the 2010/2011 timeframe, Karakrah and Huerta met with two of the FBI’s “most wanted” terrorists: Jaber A. Elbaneh and Adnan Gulshair el Shukrijumah (a/k/a: “Javier Robles”). The meetings took place in a private home in Anthony, NM. The four men discussed the movement of drugs, money and people.
“The plots were further planned by fellow conspirators at a “mosque” on Redd Road in El Paso, as well as two other “mosques” in the city.
“Karakrah, Huerta, Elbaneh and el Shukrijumah all met again in Anthony, NM in March 2014 according to Judicial Watch sources.”
The revelation that Shukrijumah was in the U.S. this year was part of a blockbuster Judicial Watch report entitled, El Paso: Nexus of a Narco-Terror Ring
The story stems from the August arrest in Chicago of Emad Karakrah on a charge of making a false bomb claim. Karakrah was pulled over while he was flying an ISIS flag from his car (or a Palestinian flag with the word ISIS written on it, there are conflicting reports.)
Judicial Watch describes Karakrah and his alleged partner Hector Huerta.
“Karakrah is a logistics and transportation operative for militant Islamists in the United States, according to sources close to the investigation. He moves people, weapons, explosives, drugs, money, and other materiel to terrorist cells operating in Chicago, Brooklyn, NY and Saddle Brook, NJ — among other locations across the United States. More than a decade ago Karakrah smuggled drugs and weapons for the Juarez drug cartel in Mexico. In July of this year, he was on a supply run to a militant Islamist cell operating out of a basement in Brooklyn, sources tell Judicial Watch.
“Karakrah is, allegedly, also a former FBI confidential informant who has gone rogue, breaking contact with his bureau handlers. Sources tell Judicial Watch that legal proceedings against Karakrah in Chicago have now twice been delayed because of FBI “equities.” Karakrah’s next hearing is scheduled for October 15, 2014, and he remains in the Cook County Jail.
“Before moving to Chicago sometime in 2011, Karakrah lived in Anthony, NM and a suburb of El Paso, TX…
“Huerta is alleged to have smuggled explosives and weapons from the Fort Bliss range and exercise areas in concert with corrupt US Army soldiers and government contractors with gate passes at the El Paso base. In 2009 he partnered with Karakrah to plan a Chicago truck bombing that was thwarted. Between December 2010 and February 2011, Huerta and Karakrah also planned two additional bomb plots targeting oil refineries in Houston and the Fort Worth Stockyards, according to Judicial Watch sources.”
Both men are in jail, Nuerta in El Paso on DWI and a federal charge of “unlawful reentry of a removed alien” and Karakrah in Chicago on the fake bomb charge.
Judicial Watch closed their report:
“With both Karakrah and Huerta in custody, federal law enforcement officials have an extraordinary opportunity to break the powerful narco-terrorism grip on El Paso – assuming they can overcome internecine turf wars between the various agencies of the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security. Judicial Watch “connected the dots” in this narco-terrorism network for federal law enforcement.
“For too long, “experts” have discounted the level of cooperation between Mexican drug cartels and Islamist militants. Meanwhile terrorists, weapons, drugs and money cross back-and-forth over the border virtually undetected, in a city long known as the “safest in America.”
“Two recent, seemingly unrelated, arrests expose the nexus of Islamic terror and drug cartel trafficking operating from El Paso, that in the last four years has been nationally recognized for having the “lowest crime rate ranking” among municipalities with populations over 500,000.”