Book Glamorizing Suicide Bombers Found in Arizona Desert
Department of Homeland Security officials confirm that a book glamorizing suicide bombers was found in the Arizona desert earlier this week.
The book, "In Memory of Our Martyrs," was found Tuesday by a U.S. Border Patrol agent from the Casa Grande substation who was patrolling a popular route for smuggling drugs and illegal immigrants just north of the U.S./ Mexico border.
"In Memory of Our Martyrs" tells the tales of Islamic suicide bombers and other Islamic militants who died carrying out suicide bombings.
The book, according to internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection documents first uncovered by Fox News, "also includes letters from suicide attackers to their families, as well as some of their last wills and testaments." Each biographical page contains "the terrorist's name, date of death, and how they died."
The Department of Homeland Security issued a statement about the book saying "at this time, DHS does not have any credible information on terrorist groups operating along the Southwest border. We work closely with our partners in the law enforcement and intelligence communities and as a matter of due diligence and law enforcement best practice, report anything found, no matter how significant or insignificant it may seem."
The book, originally published in Iran, has reportedly been in the desert for at least several days, if not weeks.
From Fox News:
Statements from U.S. officials, including FBI director Robert Mueller, have raised serious concerns in recent years over "OTMs" -- or illegal immigrants other than Mexicans -- who have crossed the southwest border at alarming rates.
Mueller testified before the House Appropriations Committee in March 2005 that "there are individuals from countries with known Al Qaeda connections who are changing their Islamic surnames to Hispanic-sounding names and obtaining false Hispanic identities, learning to speak Spanish and pretending to be Hispanic.
See the full Fox news article here.
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