Jamaican Imam Abdullah el-Faisal wants to be next terror big, U.S. fears


Intelligence agents are watching Imam Abdullah el-Faisal as he seeks to raise his terror profile.

Counterterrorism agents in New York and Washington are keeping tabs on a Jamaican imam whose death-spewing sermons in English raise fears he’ll radicalize American Muslims.

The NYPD intelligence division, CIA and FBI  are concerned Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal is becoming a new Anwar al-Awlaki, the Yemeni Al Qaeda cleric who went from preaching to plotting.

"El-Faisal is focused on propaganda," one U.S. counterterror official in Washington told the Daily News. "But the last few years, he’s dabbled in operational things like recruitment and facilitation."

He also inspired Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad and failed airplane underwear bomber Farouk Abdulmutallab.

"His reach goes far beyond Jamaica," the U.S. official said. "He’s trying to expand his network in Africa and Asia."

A law enforcement source said El-Faisal "has a big ego" and hates "playing second fiddle" to perceived rival Awlaki – targeted for death by the U.S. for his links to the Fort Hood shootings and Abdulmutallab.

El-Faisal started out giving fiery sermons in London that were posted online by New York-based extremist website Revolution Muslim, which regards him as an in-house imam.

Then he graduated to promoting terrorism, counterterror officials said.  "Be a suicide bomber and die with dignity, honor and prestige," El-Faisal said in a typical speech.

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