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Texas Synagogue Hostage Suspect Demands Release of Convicted Terrorist Sister

The man who stormed a Texas synagogue on the Sabbath and held hostages claims to be the brother of the infamous Lady Al Qaeda, who is serving 86 years in a federal prison less than 30 miles from the hostage situation.

The suspect alleges that his sister is Aafia Siddiqui, a known terrorist detained at Carswell Air Force Base near Fort Worth and is demanding that the sister be released, a source said.

Siddiqui was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 by local troops who found her with two kilograms of poison sodium cyanide and plans for chemical attacks on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

The Pakistani-born neuroscientist had boasted to her college friends at age 21 that she would be proud to be on the FBI’s Most Wanted list.

Texas Synagogue Hostage Suspect Demands Release of Convicted Terrorist Sister

Aafia Siddiqui, the al-Qaeda operative dubbed ‘Lady Al Qaeda’, at age 21, bragged to her college friends that she would be proud to be on the FBI’s Most Wanted list

Siddiqui currently resides at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Ft.  Worth, formerly Carswell AFB in Texas

Siddiqui currently resides at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Ft.  Worth, formerly Carswell AFB in Texas

Siddiqui currently resides at Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Ft. Worth, formerly Carswell AFB in Texas

Authorities say a man claiming to be Siddiqui's brother apparently took hostages at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas

Authorities say a man claiming to be Siddiqui's brother apparently took hostages at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas

Authorities say a man claiming to be Siddiqui’s brother apparently took hostages at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue near Fort Worth, Texas

Emergency services are seen near a synagogue where the man is said to have taken people hostage and demanded that his sister be released at a synagogue during services that were streamed live

Emergency services are seen near a synagogue where the man is said to have taken people hostage and demanded that his sister be released at a synagogue during services that were streamed live

Emergency services are seen near a synagogue where the man is said to have taken people hostage and demanded that his sister be released at a synagogue during services that were streamed live

Siddiqui, who studied biology at MIT, said in 1993 that she wanted “to do something to help our Muslim brothers and sisters,” even if it meant breaking the law.

She jumped up and “raised her skinny wrists in the air” in a display of defiance that shocked her friends.

An in-depth account of her journey to infamy also reveals that she took a shooting class from the National Rifle Association and persuaded other Muslims to learn how to fire a rifle.

Siddiqui lied to her husband, and after they got married over the phone, he was stunned to find that she married him because of his family’s connections to better equip her to wage jihad.

Siddiqui, a mother of three, eventually got her twisted wish and became the most wanted woman in the world by the FBI.

She was handed over to the Americans and convicted of attempted murder in a US court in 2010.

But her hatred of the US was so strong that during her interrogation, she grabbed a rifle from one of her guards and fired at them, yelling, “Death to Americans.”

a 2014 Boston Globe profile of Siddiqui’s time in Boston trying to answer what happened during her 11 years as a student in the US

Something happened that radicalized an intelligent and devout woman who not only graduated from MIT but also earned a doctorate in neuroscience from Brandeis University.

Siddiqui was sent from Pakistan by her neurosurgeon father to study on her own in the US and won a partial scholarship to study at MIT in Cambridge, MA.

She arrived there in 1991 after living for a year with her brother in Texas, where she attended the University of Houston and regularly gave talks on Islam.

During one of the gatherings, she told the crowd, “The hijab is not a restriction. It allows a woman to be judged by her content, not by her packaging, by what’s on the pages, not by the beautiful illustrations on the cover’

She made few friends at MIT and was remembered as intelligent, driven and a regular at the Prospect Street mosque, which would later be attended by alleged Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

She wore long sleeves and the hijab and was seen as “very sweet” to a former roommate in her all-female dorm.

The focus of her life was on the Muslim sorority, but that seems to have changed with the onset of the Bosnian War, which appears to have been the beginning of her radicalization.

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1642285472 571 Texas Synagogue Hostage Suspect Demands Release of Convicted Terrorist Sister

She was arrested in Afghanistan in 2008 by local troops who found her with two kilograms of poison sodium cyanide and plans for chemical attacks on New York’s Brooklyn Bridge and the Empire State Building.

Siddiqui became involved with the Al-Kifah Refugee Center, a Brooklyn-based organization believed to be the focus of Al Qaeda’s operations in the US.

Terrorism expert Evan Kohlmann said: ‘Aafia came from a prominent family with connections and sympathy for the jihad. She was exactly what they needed.’

In 1993, when she and some friends were discussing how to raise money for Muslims killed in the Bosnian war, one of them joked that they didn’t want to be on the FBI’s most wanted list.

Waqas Jilani, then a graduate student at Clark University, said: “She raised her skinny wrists and said, ‘I’d be proud to be on the Most Wanted list, because that would mean I could do something. do to help. our Muslim brothers and sisters’

“She said we should all be proud to be on that list.”

That same year, Siddiqui took a 10-hour NRA shooting class on her own at Braintree Rifle & Pistol Club and urged other Muslims to join her.

Jilani added that Siddiqui said in her speeches that Muslims should “get an education and go abroad to fight.”

He said, ‘We all laughed, ‘Uh-oh, Aafia has a gun!’

“It was partly because she was so bad, but also because she was always saying the US and the FBI were so bad and all that.”

Siddiqui married Mohammed Amjad Khan, the son of a wealthy Pakistani family, in a telephone ceremony before flying to Boston.

But upon arrival, he found that far from being the quiet religious woman he was promised, her life was very different.

Two distributed photos of terror suspect Aafia Siddiqui released by the FBI in May 2004

Two distributed photos of terror suspect Aafia Siddiqui released by the FBI in May 2004

Two distributed photos of terror suspect Aafia Siddiqui released by the FBI in May 2004

He said, “I discovered that the well-being of our burgeoning family unit was not her main goal in life. Instead, it had to be known in Muslim circles.’

Khan described to the Boston Globe how she regularly watched videos of Osama bin Laden, spent weekends in terror training camps in New Hampshire with Al-Kifah activists, and begged him to quit his medical job so he could join her.

He eventually stopped taking colleagues home because they “just wanted to talk about their conversion to Islam.”

Khan said: ‘This would invariably lead to unpleasantness, so I decided to keep my work separate….

“…Meanwhile, all her focus had shifted to jihad against America, instead of preaching to Americans so that they all become Muslims and America becomes a Muslim country.”

The breaking point was the September 11, 2001 attacks, after which Siddiqui, now dressed all in black, insisted on returning to Pakistan and getting a divorce.

US officials suspect she remarried Ammar Al-Baluchi, the nephew of 9/11 architect Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, although her family denies this.

Siddiqui and her children disappeared in Karachi, Pakistan, in 2003, shortly after Mohammed was arrested.

The following year, she was named one of the seven most wanted Al Qaeda agents, and the only woman, by FBI Director Robert Mueller.

What happened in Pakistan before her arrest is unclear, and even during her US trial, Judge Richard Berman said he didn’t know what she was doing.

But even now, her importance as a symbol of resistance to the West is so great that Islamic State fighters have publicly declared that they would trade her for James Foley, the American photojournalist they executed earlier this year.

Siddiqui declined to be interviewed when she was approached by the Boston Globe at the Federal Prison in Fort Worth, Texas, where she is being held.

Now her brother, who is an architect in Houston, is holding hostages in Colleyville.

The attacker stormed into Congregation Beth Israel during religious services around 11:30 a.m., which were streamed live, and told a SWAT team, “If anyone tries to enter this building, I tell you…everyone will die.”

The live stream ended just before 2 p.m. local time, where the man can be heard saying, “I’m dying.”

According to Star-Telegram reporter Jessika Harkay, he was overheard saying, “I’m dying, are you listening? I’m going to die if I do this, okay? Are you listening? I’m dying. Don’t cry for me.’

It is also unclear who said that.

He was also reportedly going to rant about religion, saying in between that he “will die,” and he also made vague references to weapons and ammunition.

It is unknown if there are any injuries or deaths at this time.

He reportedly took four hostages and placed bombs around the temple. Among the hostages is Rabbi Charlie Cytron-Walker, whose condition and location are unknown.

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