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A 46-year-old Indiana Muslim-convert grandmother Kathie Smith is under investigation for her possible ties to suspected and convicted international terrorists, FoxNews has learned on Wednesday 12/29/2010.

Kathie Smith, a U.S. citizen living in Indianapolis married last year a suspected German jihadist and has been flying back and forth between the USA and Germany as recently as two weeks ago.

A pro-jihadist video featuring Kathie Smith and her husband – alongside photos of members of the Islamic Jihad Union -IJU charged with plotting failed terror attacks against USA targets in Germany — is being investigated by the Indiana Intelligence Fusion Center. The center is a counter terror intelligence clearinghouse staffed by law enforcement officers from local and federal agencies, including the FBI and Department of Homeland Security. FBI did not respond to an e-mail from asking why Kathie Smith is not on the federal government’s no-fly list.

In lengthy e-mail exchanges with, Kathie Smith claimed that she has been repeatedly subjected to hours-long interrogations by Homeland Security every time she travels. She said her luggage has been subjected to bomb residue tests, and that officials asked her numerous detailed questions about her husband. She also claims DHS officials on more than one occasion escorted her onto a departing airplane. Kathie Smith denied being anti-American, called The 9/11 an inside job, the U.S. a terrorist organization and praised the American-born radical Muslim cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Kathie Smith — who now calls herself Zubaida — added that she and her husband were met and interrogated by German police while in a taxi in 10/2009. German police, however, said they were not currently investigating an American woman, but declined to say whether they were aware of Kathie Smith (Zubaida).

In one e-mail to, Smith wrote:

In the nearly six-minute video under investigation, Kathie Smith and her husband, known online as Salahudin ibn Jaafar, 28, from Saarbrucken, the capital of the state of Sauerland – Saarland in Germany, appear posing and hugging and holding weapons interspersed with photos of known and suspected terrorists and assorted jihadist propaganda, like an Awlaki sermon album cover. According to German Police  Salahudin Ibn Jafar is the nom de guerre of Michel Al Rubai . {Michel R.}. 

There also are photos of German TalIban Mujahideen– German nationals who have formed their own splinter group within the Taliban — and mug shots of members of the Sauerland Cell of Islamic Jihad Union charged with plotting failed terror attacks against USA targets in Germany, including a 2007 plot to bomb the USA. Air Force base at Ramstein.

Kathie Smith said of the Ramstein Plotters featured in her video: “The so-called ‘jihadists’ you have mentioned are actually personal friends of my husband from childhood. In the video he was expressing his love and gratitude to his friends, who have died fighting for freedom. Just like any other American or European citizen who displays pictures of soldiers who have died on their videos”.

On Facebook, Kathie Smith “likes” Awlaki, has belonged to a Facebook group called “Al Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb to answer your questions (see -MAGHREB al-Qaeda)”, Kathie Smith also is Facebook “friends” with pages claiming to be the terrorist groups al-Shabab and Ansar al Jundullah, in addition to “friends” Sheikh Abdullah el-Faisal and Yusuf al-Khatab, the reported spiritual leader and co-founder of Revolution Muslim, respectively. Her “Likes” and “Groups” are visible to the public; a friend request from this reporter to Smith was not accepted.

On her MySpace page, currently available for viewing via Google cache, Smith wrote: “As salamu alaikum akhi (brother).. it is time for Jihad and it is now Fard ayn for ALL Muslims whether their in the United Snakes or else where…Insha’Allah!!!!”

But a paid government consultant aware of Kathie Smith’s movements said there’s concern that Smith could follow the path of Colleen LaRose, also known as Jihad-Jane.

Kathie Smith – Zubaida -moved to live with her Husband  Michel Al Ruba in Saarbrucken, West Germany. In 05/2015 they were question by the German Police for raising the Islamic State flag on their home.


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