There have been many jihadist attacks in the United States in recent years, although they are often not identified as such, according to former FBI agent John Guandolo, a counterterrorism expert.
"What's amazing to me is over the last several years since 9/11, we've had numerous acts of jihad on American soil and when I still meet with people, including law enforcement officials, they're not aware of many of these," Guandolo told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"In Woolwich, England . . . two Muslims ran over a soldier and then hacked his head off — but we've had that here. We had a guy name Mohammed Taheri-azar in 2006 at the University of North Carolina plow over a group of students at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
"In the letters to the ABC local affiliate, he said he did what he did because it's a commandment from Allah to wage jihad."
In another case, Omeed Aziz Popal, originally of Afghanistan, struck 13 pedestrians in the San Francisco Bay Area with his black Honda Pilot SUV on Aug. 30, 2006 — killing one.
"People said they heard him saying Allahu Akbar while he was doing it. He was just written off as a nut," said Guandolo, creator of the FBI’s first counterterrorism training and education program.
Even as recently as last week, terrorism struck.
Fuaed Abdo Ahmed, 20, took two women and a man captive at Tensas State Bank in St. Joseph, Louisiana. He shot two of the hostages, killing one, before state police shot him dead.
But in news reports there was no mention that Ahmed had a Facebook photo, which appears to have been shot in Yemen, in which he poses with an AK-47.
"This is a huge investigative clue, among others, that you've got a Jihadi right here and he's not going to have a whole lot of demands other than ones you likely aren't going to be able to fulfill," he said.
Guandolo is the founder of UnderstandingtheThreat.com and author of "Sharia: The Threat to America."
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