An American who allegedly sent a résumé to the terrorist group ISIS in the hopes of landing a teaching job has likely joined the group, news reports said.
Warren Clark, a 33-year-old graduate of the University of Houston in Texas, sent the résumé and covering letter to the radical Islamist group and asked for a job teaching English in the group.
“I was born and raised in the United States and have always loved teaching others and learning from others as well. My work background is largely in English and I consider working at the University of Mosul to be a great way of continuing my career,” the cover letter states, according to a George Washington University report (page 57) on American jihadists in Syria and Iraq.
“I believe that a successful teacher can understand students’ strengths and weaknesses and is able to use that understanding in order to help students build on their knowledge of the English language,” he wrote.
Clark signed his letter Abu Muhammad al-Ameriki.
Al-Amriki, or “The American,” is often used in jihadist names to identify former Americans. On the other hand, it’s also used sometimes to refer to individuals with other nationalities who may not have any connection to the United States, according to the report.
The letter was retrieved from a house in Mosul, Iraq, and obtained by the authors of the report.
The report states that Clark likely ended up joining the radical Islamist terrorists in Iraq and is still believed to be alive and with them, although it’s unclear if he succeeded in becoming a teacher or is something else at this point.
The authors of the report note in the forward, “Most homegrown jihadists as well as those who went abroad were first radicalized in the United States.”
Since the outbreak of the Syrian conflict in 2011, they continue, citing the FBI, 300 Americans have attempted to leave or have left the United States with the intention of fighting in Iraq or Syria.