In Our Own Backyard: FBI Uncovers Radical Islamic Training Compound in Alabama

Nick Kangadis | May 13, 2019

If you don’t think radical Islamic terrorism lives in the U.S., think again. Yet another example of a “training ground” was recently uncovered, this time in Alabama.

The Federal Bureau of Invetigation (FBI) described what is being called a “jihadist compound” as “a makeshift military-style obstacle course.”

According to the Sinclair Broadcast Group (SBG):

But this plot of land in Macon County, Alabama is described in an FBI search warrant as a "makeshift military-style obstacle course" belonging to a small group of terrorists led by Siraj Wahhaj who owned the property up a long dirt road but just a few miles from downtown Tuskegee.

The property, similar to another compound in New Mexico the group is now linked to where federal prosecutors say Wahhaj and four other suspects were training children to carry out deadly terror attacks on American soil[…]

In the Alabama case the group may not have carried out an attack, but the remains of a child believed to belong to Wahhaj, who is being charged with kidnapping were also found on the property.

If you recall, the radical Islamic “jihadist compound” in New Mexico received headlines in 2018 after Wahhaj and others were reported to have been running an Islamic terrorist compound. ABC News reported in August 2018 that “authorities rescued 11 emaciated children living in filthy conditions with very little food and no clean water.”

A federal judge dismissed child neglect charges against the majority of the Islamic extremists arrested as part of the discovery of the New Mexico compound.

Tim Fuhrman, a former special agent with the FBI field office in Mobile, said that people shouldn’t discount extremist activity “just because you’re in a small town.”

“Just because you’re in a small town or a small state does not mean you might not potentially have individuals engaged in the types of activities that would call into question threats to national security,” Fuhrman said.

Fuhrman raises an excellent point. It actually makes a lot of sense that people engaged in these types of activities might do them in small towns, or in the dark if you will, because it’s most likely easier to do something like this if there are less eyes on you.

It just goes to show that you never know what might be happening in your own backyard.

H/T: Daily Caller