Is there a terror cell linking the Ohio State terrorist attack with a radical mosque one mile from campus?
Masjid Omar Ibn El Khatab describes itself as “the Muslim heart of Columbus, Ohio," but it's also been described as one of the most hard line mosques in the city, perhaps owing to the fact that it has been linked to six cases of terrorism — some of which have included OSU students committing the attacks, and others where they were the victims.
For starters, the mosque was connected to the Columbus Al Qaeda cell, one of the largest since 9/11. Three of the cell's members were charged with terrorism and all three lived up the street from the mosque, while one helped build a sister mosque in Columbus.
Moreover, the mosque was a spiritual home to the Little Rock killer who was a member just before murdering Army Private Andy Long and another US Army recruiter.
Further still, the Columbus mosque was connected to Dr. Sala Solten, one of the top Islamic scholars win the US, who is currently in prison facing a death sentence for terrorism charges in Egypt.
But get this: Masjid Omar was recently connected to four men who were charged in 2015 as part of an Anwar Al Awlaki terror funding cell! If that sounds familiar, it's because OSU terrorist Abdul Artan mentioned the Yemini-American cleric by name in his Facebook post, posted just before he attacked unsuspecting innocents on his college campus.
What's more: All the four men indicted in the Al-Awlaki cell were previously Ohio State students!
And the OSU radical mosque connections don’t end there:
Ohio State student Rachel Decker was stabbed in the stomach while waiting for a bus to take her to school by her attacker named Wael Kalash.
Kalash went into hiding after the incident, and was found by police— in Masjid Omar!
And if you’re not yet convinced about the suspicious going-ons in this mosque, three of its members were found to have been recruited by ISIS in 2014, one of whom was recently taken out by a US airstrike.
So, while on the ground in Ohio, I reached out to President Basil Golhar from the mosque, who told me Abdul Artan was not a member and that he had no knowledge of him ever attending. He then declined our interview.
But, suffice it to say, I’m not convinced. You see, Gohar’s claims about known terrorist ties to his mosque have been dubious before. Gohar once defended Christopher Paul, a member of his mosque who later pleaded guilty to conspiring to use weapons of mass destruction against Americans. Gohar publicly said he hoped Paul’s time in prison would evaluate his place in heaven.
Shortly after Golhar's comments, the US Justice Department’s federal filing claimed that Al Qaeda operatives were conducting training inside Masjid Omar.
Regardless of whether dots between OSU, the mosque, and recent events in Ohio will be connected or not, one thing is for sure:
Something about this stinks and no one in the mainstream media is willing to dig deep enough to get to the bottom of it.
You can see all my reports from the scene of this terrorist attack at OhioJihad.com.
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