Video shows U.S. jihadist burning his passport in Syria
Moner Mohammad Abu Salha is beleived to be the first U.S. jihadist to carry out a suicide attack in Syria
A video has surfaced online showing the late Moner Mohammad Abu Salha, believed to be the first U.S. suicide bomber in Syria, destroying his passport before addressing the American people, the Daily Mail reported Wednesday.
The footage showed the 22-year-old college dropout ripping and chewing his U.S. passport before setting it on fire.
The jihadist carried out a truck bomb attack on an army base in the Jabal al-Arbaeen area of northwest Syria’s Idlib province in May.
“You think you’re safe where you are, in America or Britain or Indonesia or Jordan or China or Russia or Somalia or Africa?” asked Abu Salha, who went by the alias Abu Hurayra al-Amriki.
'You’re not safe. I have one word to say ... we’re coming for you. Mark my words… Just know that we’re coming.”
In another video, released earlier this week by Al-Qaeda affiliate Al-Nusra Front, Abu Salha expressed his determination to die for his cause.
“I want to rest in the afterlife, not in this world... My heart isn’t at peace here. Hopefully it will be in heaven,” he said in broken Arabic.
The U.S. citizen had travelled from Florida to Syria in 2013.
Between 9,000 and 11,000 foreign fighters from around the world have gone to Syria over the past three years, Agence France-Presse reported.