RALEIGH — A Cary man is facing a federal charge that he attempted to aid a foreign terrorist organization, according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI in federal court last week.
Basit Javed Sheikh of Cary is suspected by the FBI of trying to provide support to the Nusra Front that is fighting in Syria’s civil war. His father, Javed Sheikh, said on Monday there “is no truth in that,” referring to the federal allegations.
But a federal grand jury in Raleigh believed there was enough evidence to indict Basit Sheikh to stand trial for the charges. He was being held by Wake County authorities on Monday, according to county records.
Law enforcement intercepted Basit Sheikh on Nov. 2 at Raleigh-Durham International Airport, an FBI affidavit states. He had told a confidential FBI source that he wanted to join the jihad, or holy struggle, in Syria, according to an agent’s affidavit. He said in August that he had secured a job “with a brigade in logistics, managing medical supplies,” the document states.
Sheikh, 29, is a listed resident of 300 Swansboro Drive in the Park Village subdivision. The home near Cary’s western border is owned by the suspect’s father, according to county records.
Basit Sheikh is originally from Pakistan and is a legal permanent resident of the United States, according to an FBI affidavit. He also has lived in the Republic of Seychelles, an island nation in the Indian Ocean, from 1992 to 2000, according to immigration files.
The FBI document, filed Nov. 4 in the Eastern District of North Carolina’s federal court, also documents online posts about jihad, an interview with a Taliban leader, and mujahedeen fighters in Syria – among other topics – from Facebook accounts believed by the FBI to be controlled by Sheikh, according to the document. He used the name “Abdul Basit,” the affidavit states.
“Yes we will return Home …# Not alone ... #With an army to free our (imprisoned) brother’s & Sisters,” Sheikh posted on a link to an article about the influx of foreign fighters to Syria.
The social network has shut down his accounts several times.
"Khalilah Sabra, director of Immigration and Civil Rights at the Muslim American Public Affairs Council, confirmed Monday that federal agents had reached out to Muslims in the Triangle to try to foster a new mutual understanding, and to talk about the U.S. State Department’s list of suspected terror groups."
Why are federal agents reaching out to Khalilah Sabra? She was recruited and trained by Abdullah Azzam – the godfather of jihad and Osama bin Laden’s mentor, she was the Spokeswoman for the convicted ringleader of the Triangle 8 Jihadists, and she calls bin Laden a “Visionary”.
Furthermore, Sabra works for a known Muslim Brotherhood entity so there is little doubt her conversations with federal agents are urging the removal of Hamas and possibly other Islamic groups from the terror list.
“From what I understand about the most recent case, it is an isolated incident,” Sabra said Monday.Muslims were caught plotting jihad and the feds are trying to defuse Muslim distrust? Every American alive should distrust Muslims pledge allegiance to the Koran and refuse to denounce sharia law and jihad.
The agents have been trying, in part, to defuse an atmosphere of suspicion and mistrust that developed in the local Muslim community following the arrests in 2009 of what prosecutors described as a home-grown terror cell based in Johnston County."
"Federal prosecutors contended that agents found almost two dozen weapons and thousands of rounds of ammunition on the home of Daniel Patrick Boyd. A group of eight men were accused of trying to commit terror overseas and at a Marines base near Washington, D.C.There were also 3 Muslims sentenced in plot to behead terror witnesses in North Carolina. Mosques in North Carolina have been preaching jihad for decades. Isolate that.
The case highlighted the government’s increasing use of confidential informants to build a slew of domestic terror cases since 9/11 that result in convictions, but raise questions for some Muslims about who they can trust.
Seven of the eight accused in that case are in prison now on a range of charges that include conspiring to provide material support to terrorists."