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FBI is looking for a UMass Boston Grad with connections to ISIS

Ahmad Abousamra
Ahmad Abousamra

A former University of Massachusetts Boston graduate student, Ahmad Abousamra is on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of Most Wanted Terrorists for his active involvement with Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Abousamra attended University of Massachusetts Boston from the fall of 2004 to 2006, when he graduated with a Degree in Computer Science.
Allegedly Abousamra is the driving force behind the social media strategy of the terrorist group trying to establish an Islamic State and has claimed accountability for the beheadings of two American journalists in recent weeks.
Monther Alshaibani, the president of the Muslim Students Association at UMass Boston, said that he hopes the campaign against ISIS and the search of Abousamra will not open the door for racial-profiling of Muslim students on campus.
“I am not worried about racial-profiling of Muslim students here,” he said. “That will be extreme if [authorities] decide to start doing such a thing.”
Alshaibani said that Muslims and terrorists are two different things. One group enjoys killing others, and the other group simply enjoys praying, explained Alshaibani. “People can go ahead kill and take territories in the name of Allah, but that does not make them Muslims,” he said.
After graduating from UMass Boston in 2006, Abousamra fled the country after being questioned by authorities. He was later charged with terrorism-related offenses in 2009, and four years later he was added to the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorists list.
FBI Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Kieran Ramsey, told ABC News, ”There continues to be a worldwide search for Abousamra and he will be pursued until he is found.”
Prior to the charges that were brought against him, it is said that Abousamra travelled to Yemen and Pakistan to receive military training on how to combat American soldiers in the Middle East.  
President Obama, on Sept. 10, outlined a “comprehensive strategy to degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group.”
“This is a core principle of my presidency:  If you threaten America, you will find no safe haven,” said Obama.
Abousamra is of Syrian descent, and according to multiple sources he is currently living somewhere in Syria with family members.
President Obama in his Sept. 10 address also proposed a “systematic campaign of airstrikes against the Islamic State” in Iraq, as well as in Syria.
The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to Abousamra’s arrest.