In terms of fighting jihadis, it is not the ones outside of the United States that really concern me. It is the self-radicalized ones that could pose a real longterm threat:
A New York high school student secretly pleaded guilty to federal charges accusing him of trying to join an offshoot of al-Qaida in Yemen so he could die fighting jihad, authorities said Wednesday.
In January, Justin Kaliebe told an undercover operative pretending to be a confidant, “There is no way out for me. … The only way out is martyrdom,” according to court papers.
A record of the American citizen’s computer activity suggested he was influenced by the lectures of cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, the militant leader who was killed in a 2011 U.S. drone strike in Yemen, the papers said.
Counterterrorism agents intercepted the 18-year-old on Jan. 21 as he tried to board a flight to Oman at John F. Kennedy International Airport on his way to Yemen. He pleaded guilty to attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization on Feb. 8 as part of an ongoing investigation.
The secret plea could mean the defendant was cooperating in the probe when it was at a sensitive stage. A spokesman for the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn declined comment.
Russian teenagers living in America who turn to radical Islam?