The Anti-Defamation League commended the actions of law enforcement in Nashville, Tennessee, which resulted in the arrest Friday of an Iraqi-born Nashville resident, Ahmed Hassan Al-Uqaily, on illegal weapons charges. Al-Uqaily, allegedly angry about the current situation in Iraq, told an acquaintance that he was “going jihad” and specifically mentioned as potential targets two Jewish facilities in the Nashville area.
Deborah Lauter, Southeast Region Director of the ADL commented, “The successful investigation and arrest of Al-Uqaily provides a model for how citizens, law enforcement and community organizations can work together to prevent terrorist attacks on our country: a concerned citizen with credible information about Al-Uqaily’s violent intentions, alerted the FBI, which then brought into action the Joint Terrorism Task Force, comprised of Nashville police, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), the Tennessee Highway Patrol and state Homeland Security officials. The JTTF apprised Nashville Jewish communal officials of the potential threat and these officials then alerted area institutions to step up security measures. All these actions were handled swiftly and prudently, without panicking the community.”
“We congratulate the FBI and the Joint Terrorism Task Force on the investigation, apprehension and arrest of Al-Uqaily, as well as Nashville Jewish community officials for their clear-headed response. This incident proves that all of us—citizens, law enforcement and community organizations-- working together in partnership-- can be effective in the war against terrorism. We urge the U.S. Attorney to prosecute Ahmed Hassan Al-Uqaily for illegal possession of weapons, to the full extent provided by law.”
Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is one of the world’s leading organizations fighting hate and extremism. It provides resources and training to law enforcement on extremist and terrorist groups, as well as year-round training for Jewish institutions on security awareness. The ADL handbook, “Keeping Your Jewish Institution Safe,” can be accessed online at www.adl.org/security or by contacting the ADL office.