Houston Man Who Joined ISIS Nabbed In Syria

Barbara Schwarz
January 07, 2019 - 7:53 pm
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HOUSTON (1080 KRLD) - Former Fort Bend substitute teacher, 34 year old Warren Christopher Clark wasn't shy about wanting to join the Islamic State. 

He sent them a letter, a cover letter and a resume about applying to teach English in the Islamic State at the University of Mosul. Seamus Hughes, deputy director of the program on extremism at George Washington University says "I've been doing terrorism research for over a decade, and I've never seen something like that before."

Clark is one of five people recently caught by Syrian Democratic forces. 

Hughes says Clark, AKA  Abu Mohammad al-Ameriki was blatant about his beliefs. "I've talked to a lot of his friend who knew him in Houston and he held extremist beliefs then, to the point where they actually thought he was  an FBI informant. They didn't believe he was an ISIS supporter." 

He says Clark left to join to ISIS is 2015 or 2016. And he posted about his support for ISIS on his Facebook page. 

Hughes says ISIS has different pitches to get supporters.  One is to avenge Assad atrocities, another is come join an ultra violent terrorist group. "The third one is perhaps the most pervasive, the idea they're building this so called caliphate and they need people to support them. It appears Clark was much more interested in the latter category."

Hughes doesn't' know what will happen next to Clark. American who were in ISIS have come back to face trial. Such suspects usually face a materials to support terrorism charge, which is carries a 20 year sentence. "There's larger, international issues here too.  The SDF which picked him up have some concerns about president Trump's announcement of withdrawal of troops. And so this may be a bit of a pawn game for a little bit."