The question of refugees and their links to terrorism got a showcase last Friday in California, a state where on December 2 in San Bernardino Islamic terrorists Syed Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik gunned down 14 people. The recent case centers on Iraqi refugee Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, 23, who came to the United States in 2012 and drew a rather favorable review in the Sacramento Bee.

Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab "appears to be a typical young man trying to make it in America," said the January 9 piece by Sam Stanton, Stephen Magagnini and Denny Walsh. The American River College student had hopes of studying computer science and held a job at the Ramada Inn. Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab, "evidently likes sleek, fast cars, judging from the many photos he posted on Facebook, and has a penchant for posing before the Golden Gate Bridge and elsewhere wearing the chic clothing you might see young hipsters wearing at any American shopping mall." But according to the feds, the Iraqi refugee "has another, darker side."

In 2014 Aws Mohammed Younis Al-Jayab told everybody he was going to visit his grandmother in Turkey but really went "to join up and fight with terror groups in Syria before returning to this country and settling in Sacramento." The refugee is charged with lying about what he did while abroad. As the Bee writers had it, he was "marched into an eighth-floor courtroom at the federal courthouse," with his arms and legs shackled.

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