They’re Here: Texas Muslim Pledges Allegiance To ISIS In Front Of Cops
(by Washington Free Beacon) -- Video of a man in Houston pledging his allegiance to the Islamic State (IS) terror group as police escort him from a local mosque is causing concern among terrorism analysts who warn that the terror group is gaining adherents here in the United States.
A Muslim-American man identifying himself as Abdul-Rahman Baghdadi uploaded to YouTube late last month a video that appears to show him being escorted by police from a Houston-area mosque following a dispute over his wardrobe.
Baghdadi, who has expressed sympathy for IS (also known as ISIL and ISIS) on his Twitter feed, is seen on the video wearing a shirt bearing the flag commonly associated with the terror group. He then vocally expresses dedication to IS’ leader as he is removed from the mosque.
As two police officers escort Baghdadi from the mosque, he turns to a friend with a video camera and asks, “In front of the police officers, can you please record this.”
Baghdadi can then be seen raising his hand and pledging allegiance to notorious IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
“May Allah protect Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi,” he can be heard saying.
“I don’t know what that means,” one of the two police officers responds.
“He’s the caliph of the Islamic State,” Baghdadi says.
National security analyst Ryan Mauro, who first reported on the video for the Clarion Project, said the footage is an example of how IS propaganda is winning backers stateside.
“The video is shocking because it shows how brazen this ISIS supporter is,” Mauro told the Washington Free Beacon. “The in-your-face, attention-seeking style is common among ISIS supporters around the world online, but this is happening in Houston.”