Jordanian National Arrested For Potential Terrorism

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) foreshadowed the possibility of a terrorist attack occurring in the U.S. as the war in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas intensifies.

Amid such testimony, the Blaze recently reported that a Jordanian man living in Texas with an expired visa had “trained with weapons to possibly commit an attack” in The Lone Star State. The man was reportedly researching how to build bombs.

On Oct. 19, 2023, authorities arrested Sohaib Abuayyash over the possibility that he may be a terrorist.

The 20-year-old Jordanian national was charged by the Department of Justice (DOJ) with possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, as reported by Fox News.

Abuayyash is accused of illegally possessing a Canik model TP9 Elite SC 9 mm pistol.

“According to the criminal complaint filed upon his arrest, Abuayyash entered the United States on a nonimmigrant visa, which expired in 2019, and has allegedly been in direct contact with others who share a radical mindset,” the DOJ reported.

The Jordanian national is said to have entered the U.S. on a nonimmigrant visa, which expired in 2019. Upon the terms stated in his visa, Abuayyash is prohibited from purchasing weapons or having them in his possession.

It is unknown when the 20-year-old would have committed his attack or where.

On Oct. 24, 2023, U.S. Magistrate Judge Christina A. Bryan wrote that Abuayyash “has viewed specific and detailed content posted by radical organizations on the internet including lessons on how to construct bombs or explosive devices; and that Defendant has made statements to others that support the killing of individuals of particular religious faiths.”

“In his communications with another individual about martyrdom, the Defendant referenced an event in Houston for members of a particular religious group,” the judge added.

FBI Director Christopher Wray recently testified before the Senate Homeland Security Committee, where he expressed his belief that a terrorist attack on America is eminent amid the Israel-Hamas war.

“The reality is that the terrorism threat has been elevated throughout 2023, but the ongoing war in the Middle East has raised the threat of an attack against Americans in the United States to a whole other level,” Wray said.