UNC Chapel Hill "Jeep Jihadist" - Taheri Azar - Pleads Guilty To Attempted Murder

By BEILA RABINOWITZ and WILLIAM MAYER

August 13, 2008 - San Francisco, CA - PipeLineNews.org - A Muslim UNC Chapel Hill student pleaded guilty this morning to two counts of first degree attempted murder after having driven a rented SUV into a crowd of people on the school's campus in March of 2006, seriously injuring nine.

As a result of a plea bargain, nine counts of aggravated felonious assault were dropped. Mohammad Reza Taheri Azar will be sentenced on two counts of first-degree attempted murder on August 25. Each count carries a maximum sentence of 40 years.

Taheri Azar has been held in a mental institution since 2007 when he erupted in court. He was released last month and transferred to the North Carolina Central Prison.

At the time of his arrest, "Taheri's statements indicated that his actions were those of a terrorist, claiming that the attack took place to "avenge the deaths of Muslims around the world."

Before his court appearance " a smiling Taheri Azar said of the murder attempt that he was, "thankful for the opportunity to spread the will of Allah." [see, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=taheri3606.htm]

Taheri Azar also wrote a rambling letter to a local journalist in which he proclaimed:

"I live with the holy Koran as my constitution for right and wrong and definition of injustice...My attack on Americans at UNC-CH March 3, was in retaliation for similar attacks orchestrated by the U.S. governnebt on my fellow followers of Allah in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia and other Islamic territories. I did not act out of hatred for America but out of love for Allah instead. I live only to serve Allah by obeying all of his commandments of which I am aware by reading and learning the contents of the Koran." [ see, https://www.pipelinenews.org/index.cfm?page=taheri31606%2Ehtm]

An article titled "Is Reza Taheri Azar a Takfieri?" which appeared on these pages, analyzed his actions:

"Taheri-azar's long term preparation, overall demeanor and sense of achievement after the attack are indications that he might well be an adherent of a little understood "mutant strain" of Salafi Islam known as Al wal Takfiri Hijra - Takfiri - whose interpretation of Islam is so strict that it is said they even tried to kill Osama bin-Laden and have attacked the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt for what they deemed "un-Islamic" practices. The Takfiris permit themselves to violate the tenets of Islam in order to feign assimilation into the "infidel" culture, thus deflecting suspicion that they could be potential attackers and to facilitate their access to targets...The best way to combat Takfiri violence is through social vigilance and through that increased awareness, possibly recognize those who might be morphing into "Islamo-kazes" before they strike." [see, Is Reza Taheri Azar a Takfieri?"]

In a piece entitled, "Sudden Jihad Syndrome in North Carolina," Dr. Daniel Pipes, who coined the term explains, "Until his would-be murderous rampage, Mr. Taheri-azar, a philosophy and psychology major, had a seemingly normal existence and promising future...In brief, Mr. Taheri-azar represents the ultimate Islamist nightmare: a seemingly well-adjusted Muslim whose religion inspires him, out of the blue, to murder non-Muslims." [see, http://www.danielpipes.org/article/3450]

The danger posed by Takfieris is considerable. That members of a Muslim group which harbor great malice walk among us undetected considerably complicates security concerns, substantially adding to the unpredictable nature of the threat we face.

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