|Could we see a mass causality attack carried out by an American suicide bomber?|
This week closes out with the death of an American suicide bomber blowing himself up in Syria.
The individual known as Abu Hurayra al-Amriki (Hummad The American), was one of the many individuals who blow himself up in the country. U.S. Intelligence reports that this individual was born in the United States and live a portion of his life in Florida.
Now the American intelligence agencies are determined that this event will not happen here.
Again, the nice guy is the most dangerous individual in the world. People who are bullied, rejected and often rejected by others will become delusional and find outlets to channel their rage.
Some may invest their time into doing things like find outlets like social groups. Others would find firearms and plans of bring utter chaos to those who didn't even cross the "nice guy's" path.
Regardless of the race, gender, sexuality, nationality, political or economic standings, the mentally insane or a terrorist will disrupt or permanently shock those with this dangerous behavior. They don't care who lives are affected, it's a matter of showing the world they mean business.
CNN reports that the truck was loaded with munitions, then driven up a hillside in northern Syria. Moments later, there was a massive blast followed by cries of "Allahu Akbar," or "God is great" in Arabic, and the rattling of gunfire.
The suicide attacker in the bombing depicted in this online video was an American jihadi, radical Islamists claiming responsibility for the blast have said.
Late Thursday, two U.S. officials confirmed their boast.
The man called by the nom de guerre Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki was a U.S. citizen, who grew up in Florida and went to school there.
Neither official would disclose the bomber's real name. Investigators are interviewing family members.
Al-Amriki is among a group of Americans whom intelligence agents have been trying to keep tabs on since they went to Syria some months ago to join extremists in the fight against the Syrian government.
Even if he clearly did not act alone, it is the man identified as Abu Hurayra who has gotten a lot of attention on websites and social media venues tied to radical Islamists.
That includes a tweet by a man with the handle Abu Suleiman al-Muhajer, whose bio identifies him as belonging to al Qaeda in the Levant, the umbrella organization for the al-Nusra Front. His tweet, which was published on the radical Islamist website Hanein, features the alleged American's picture and the words, "Abu Hurayra Al-Amriki performed a martyrdom operation in Idlib, Jabal Al-Arba'een. May Allah accept him."
U.S. intelligence and law enforcement officials have expressed concerns about Americans joining the fight in Syria, including with groups like the jihadist al-Nusra Front. The worry is that they and other Westerners might pose a threat when they return a home.
"There's going to be a diaspora out of Syria," FBI Director James Comey said last week. "And we are determined not to let lines be drawn from Syria today to a future 9/11."