The ads, which began running this month in connection with a State Department program, features pictures of 16 men wanted around the globe for terrorist activities below the words: “Faces of Global Terrorism.”

Among those criticizing the ads was U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott of Seattle, who suggested they gave the impression that “terrorism only comes from one religion or one color of people,” and said the ads might increase the risk of so-called ‘hate crimes’ against Middle Eastern, South Asian and Muslim Americans. (No, the ads don’t do that, Muslim behavior does that)

The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s list of “Ten Most Wanted” fugitives dates back to 1950 but the list of “Most Wanted Terrorists” dates back to just after 9/11 and a sense that terrorism had become a strategic threat. Today, the list includes 31 individuals, all of them male and with a single exception (Daniel Andreas San Diego, an animal rights extremist), all of them Muslim:

Abd al Aziz Awda – 1950, Palestinian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Abdelkarim Hussein Mohamed Al-Nasser – ca. 1947, Saudi, Saudi Hizbullah

Abdul Rahman Yasin – 1960, American, World Trade Center bombing in 1993

Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah – 1963, Egyptian, Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings in 1998

Adam Yahiye Gadahn – 1978, American, Al-Qaeda

Adnan G. El Shukrijumah – 1975, Guyanese, Al-Qaeda

Ahmad Ibrahim Al-Mughassil – 1967, Saudi, Saudi Hizbullah

Ali Atwa – ca. 1960, Lebanese, TWA hijacking in 1985

Ali Saed Bin Ali El-Hoorie – 1965, Saudi, Saudi Hizbullah

Anas Al-Liby – 1964, Libyan, Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings in 1998

Ayman Al-Zawahiri – 1951, Egyptian, Al-Qaeda

Faouzi Mohamad Ayoub – 1966, Lebanese, Lebanese Hizbullah

Hakimullah Mehsud – ca. 1980, Pakistani, Pakistani Taliban

Hasan Izz-Al-Din – 1963, Lebanese, TWA hijacking in 1985

Husayn Muhammad Al-Umari – 1936, Lebanese, 15 May Organization

Ibrahim Salih Mohammed Al-Yacoub – 1966, Saudi, Saudi Hizbullah

Isnilon Totoni Hapilon – 1966, Filipino, Abu Sayyaf Group

Jaber A. Elbaneh – 1966, Yemeni, Al-Qaeda

Jamal Saeed Abdul Rahim – 1965, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986

Jamel Ahmed Mohammed Ali Al-Badawi – 1960, Yemeni, USS Cole bombing in 2000

Jehad Serwan Mostafa – 1981, American, Al-Shabaab

Mohammed Ali Hamadei – 1964, Lebanese, Lebanese Hizbullah

Muhammad Abdullah Khalil Hussain Ar-Rahayyal – 1965, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986

Muhammad Ahmed Al-Munawar – 1965, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986

Omar Shafik Hammami – 1984, American, Al-Shabaab

Raddulan Sahiron – ca. 1936, Filipino, Abu Sayyaf Group

Ramadan Abdullah Mohammad Shallah – 1958, Palestinian, Palestinian Islamic Jihad

Saif Al-Adel – ca. 1960, Egyptian, Al-Qaeda

Wadoud Muhammad Hafiz Al-Turki – 1955, Palestinian, Pan Am hijacking in 1986

Zulkifli Abdhir – 1966, Malaysian, Kumpulun Mujahidin Malaysia


(1) Muslims make up 30 out of 31 most wanted terrorists, or about 97 percent of them. That’s a pretty good indication of what Bernard Lewis’ 1990 article famously called “Muslim rage” and why Islam-related issues have such prominence.

(2) Islamists make up 26 out of those 30; only the four perpetrators of the Pan Am 73 hijacking in 1986 (Rahim, Rahayyal, Munawar, Turki), all connected to the Abu Nidal Organization, are not Islamists (or at least were not in 1986). This predominance of jihad reflects the Islamist hegemony among politically extreme Muslims.

(3) Ethnic Arabs make up 25 of the 30 terrorists. The largest numbers are 4 each of Lebanese, Palestinians, and Saudis, 3 each of Americans and Egyptians. Non-ethnic Arabs include 2 Filipinos, 1 Malaysian, 1 Pakistani, and 1 American convert. This high percentage confirms the sense that Arabic-speakers have the most pent-up hostility toward Americans.



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