The Islamic State’s supporters have a message for America: They’re in your country, in your state, ready to wage jihad on American soil.
One Islamic State supporter, Christopher Cornell, called three times from jail to make sure that message was heard in an unexpected interview with WXIX-TV.
The 20-year-old Cornell, who refers to himself as Raheel Mahrus Ubaydah, was arrested as part of an undercover FBI investigation in January after he bought two rifles and 600 rounds of ammunition for a planned attack on the U.S. Capitol, authorities said.
The Ohio man is being held at the Boone County Jail in Kentucky, and on Thursday he got in touch with WXIX reporter Tricia Macke after calling the television station three times from his cell.
What Cornell said in the interview was so blunt and disturbing, his attorney tried to get a judge to prevent WXIX from airing the interview — but the court refused to suppress Cornell’s right to free speech.
“I got orders from the brothers overseas because I’m with the Islamic State,” Cornell said in the interview, which aired Friday. “My brothers over there, in Syria and Iraq, gave me specific orders to carry out jihad in the west, so I did so.”
Cornell refused to say how he first got in contact with Islamic State leaders but he readily predicted a future full of Islamic State attack in the U.S.
“There will be many, many attacks,” he said. “Like I said, we are ready for the battle over the Capitol.”
What would Cornell have done if he had not been arrested on that day back in January as he purchased weapons?
“What would I have done? I would have took my gun, I would have put it to Obama’s head and I would have pulled the trigger,” he said. “Then I would have released more bullets on the Senate and the House of Representative members, and I would have attacked the Israeli embassy and various other buildings full of kafir [non-Muslims] who want to wage war against us Muslims and shed our blood. That’s what would happen.”
He pinned the blame for his planned attack on the U.S. and Israel.
“Yes, they might say I’m a terrorist, but we see the American troops as terrorists as well, coming to our lands, invading, stealing our resources and killing our people, raping our women,” said Cornell. “Have you seen the photos and videos of the innocent children being killed, bodies upon bodies, stacked inside the back of a truck? You know, that’s what’s happening to our kids. America is funding and giving weapons to Israel. Israel is using these weapons to kill our children in Palestine every single day.”
He also said the Islamic State has operatives in every single U.S. state.
“We are pretty strong,” he said. “Yes, yes. In every state like I said. We’re in Texas. We’re in Ohio. We’re in New York City. We’re in Washington, DC. We’re in every single state you can name, just about.”
He told the interviewer to “stick around and watch” for the future of jihad in America.
Listen to the chilling interview in WXIX’s report below:
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