Maine "Refugees" Who Died Fighting For ISIS

by TOM MCLAUGHLIN August 26, 2016

Two Muslim immigrants who lived in Maine were killed fighting for ISIS and each left a wife and children here on welfare. The second, Adnan Fazeli, was revealed last week by the Portland Press Herald, but how many people realize there was at least one other? And, are there any more? If so, that information would be kept under wraps as long as possible.

The first was Abdirahmaan Muhumed, aka Abdifatah Ahmed, about whom I wrote in January, 2015. He was born in Somalia, raised in Minnesota, lived in Lewiston, and became a US citizen in South Portland, Maine. His Maine wife divorced him because he wanted multiple wives. He was killed in Syria in 2014 and it's worth mentioning that he also worked at the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport. Think about that next time you board a plane.

Last week's Press Herald headline on Fazeli read: "Documents: Freeport man died fighting for Islamic State in Lebanon." Was he a "Freeport man"? By whose definition? He was an Iranian who professed, at one time at least, a desire to become American. To be a "Freeport man" one must be an American. Nowhere in the article does it say Fazeli was a citizen. It said he became radicalized in Maine by watching ISIS videos and converting to Wahhabism, which the PPH called an "austere" version of Islam. That's like calling the KKK an austere version of Christianity. Wahhabism is radical Islam. It's jihadism calling for the destruction of the west. Maine State Police Detective George Loder said: "Fazeli's change in behavior alienated him from many of his Shia and moderate Sunni friends in the area. However, there were a few local Sunnis who supported his [radical Islamist] fervor and treated him with a great deal of respect."

The article said Fazeli was a "refugee" brought to Portland by Catholic Charities in 2009. He was born in Iran and raised a Shia Muslim, but "self-identified" as Arab and not "Iranian." What a suspicious phrase that is. Was he born Persian, which is a different, majority-ethnic group in Iran? Faze also identified as a Sunni Muslim, a branch of Islam which comprises about 9% of Iran's population, but he was afraid of being arrested so he "fled" to Syria, a puppet state of Iran where a civil war was raging between Sunnis and Shiites. How does that make sense? Syria would be the last place to go for "refuge." Was he perhaps interested in joining Sunni terrorists like ISIS and al Qaida which were fighting the Shia in Syria?

Then he "fled" Syria, arriving as a "refugee" in Philadelphia in 2009, and "came to the Portland area through Catholic Charities Refugee and Immigration Services," according to the Press Herald. The article goes on to say: "Catholic Charities in Portland said Fazeli tried to receive social services [welfare] from the organization but was told that because he had come to Maine from another U.S. city after he'd immigrated to the U.S., he was not eligible..."


However, Fazeli did go on welfare along with his wife and three kids. This was reluctantly revealed in subsequent Press Herald article headlined: "LePage orders scrutiny of welfare benefits for immigrants in Maine... a reaction to the case of an Iranian refugee who... was killed fighting for the Islamic State in Lebanon in 2015."

Interesting that he wasn't a "Freeport man" anymore, but "an Iranian refugee." Most illegal aliens sneaking into the country now ask for "asylum" as instructed by immigration lawyers - virtually all of whom are Democrats. Most "refugees" are not fleeing war-torn countries either. They come from the Middle East, Africa, Central America, and other places as economic migrants to get what Fazeli was getting. Only some are leaving Syria or Somalia, but media like the Portland Press Herald and the Sun Journal of Lewiston imply that all are genuine refugees from war-torn countries. The London Daily Mail reports that four out of five migrants to the EU in 2015, for example, were economic migrants looking for a better life, not refugees fleeing a war zone.

This "refugee" migration is pushed by the Democrat Party as a recruitment drive. That's why George Soros funds it so lavishly both here and in Europe according to recently-hacked documents from Soros's "Open Society Foundation." It's a scam to "fundamentally transform" the United States and the entire western world while getting the rest of us to pay for it.

Soros also funds attacks against writers like David Horowitz, Pam Geller and Cliff May (all of whom I've met) and others who expose things like what I've written above. Stories like Fazeli's and Muhamed's give ordinary voters a peek under the rug where liberal media desperately try to sweep stories about radical Islam in the USA - while depicting writers like me as hateful bigots for exposing them. Contributing Editor Tom McLaughlin is a (now retired) history teacher and a regular weekly columnist for newspapers in Maine and New Hampshire. He writes about political and social issues, history, family, education and Radical Islam.  Email him at


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