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Newly-declassified FBI documents from 2003 reveal that a jihadist cult headquartered in New York state and with branches across the country, has had ties with al Qaeda in Pakistan.
Sources say members have armed themselves in anticipation of government raids.
Jamaat ul-Fuqra, also known as Muslims of America (MOA), is reported to have a network of about 22 Islamist compounds on American soil, according to the Clarion Project.
The FBI warns that MOA serves as a conduit to foreign terrorist organizations, including al Qaeda and its affiliates in Pakistan. The report states in part:
"Several current members in New York have been convicted of criminal acts to include murder and fraud. Recruitment most often occurs in prisons or neighborhood mosques. Once recruited, some members are selected to receive training in firearms and explosives in Pakistan. Prior to assuming the name MOA, JUF has had a profound history of carrying out violent actions to include, arsons, bombings, shootings and assassinations."
Some of MOA's recruits are then handpicked by overseas terrorist groups like al Qaeda and receive more specialized training before being deployed around the world.
The Fuqra Files website shows that MOA and the group's founder and spiritual leader, Sheikh Gilani, have a history of links to al Qaeda and its allies, including the "Blind Sheikh" responsible for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
The FBI says several businesses in the New York City area are "believed to be shell companies run by MOA members that are used to structure and launder money obtained from illegal activities. The FBI New York office specifically focused on a network of front groups in Brooklyn, including several security companies like 786 Security.
The formation of security companies as a means of acquiring weapons, training and laundering money is a long-standing MOA strategy. 786 Security had projected sales of $4 million.
"Islamberg," the group's national headquarters, is located about 150 miles northwest of New York City in the Catskills. The Clarion Project reports that members have been told to arm themselves to be ready for raids on their compounds by the Trump Administration.
The election of Donald Trump was seen as the fulfillment of apocalyptic prophecies centered around a final jihad against a Satanic-Zionist conspiracy.\