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4 Men With Ties to California Held in Terrorist Plot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI announced Monday night that it had busted four men -, including one who served in the Air Force —  who allegedly plotted to join Qaeda and the Taliban to commit “violent jihad” and bomb military bases and government facilities,  the Los Angeles Times reported.

The four men had ties to southern California.

A criminal complaint alleges that one of the men Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, traveled in July to Afghanistan, where he arranged for terrorist training to be conducted with Al Qaeda and Taliban operatives.

The complaint, according to the LA Times, also alleged that Kabir introduced Ontario, Calif. resident Ralph Deleon, 23, and Upland, Calif., resident Miguel Alejandro Santana, 21, to “radical and violent Islamic doctrine.”

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Minneapolis Man Convicted of Sending Young Recruits to Somali Terrorist Group

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minneapolis man accused of conspiring to send Americans to a terrorist group, al-Shabab, in Somalia was convicted on five terrorism-related counts Thursday, the Associated Press reports.

Mahamud Said Omar, 46, faces up to life in prison for funding al-Shabab and sending young recruits to Somalia once they were indoctrinated in Minneapolis.

The AP said Omar is the first of others to stand trial in an investigation into the recruitment of more than 20 men living in Minnesota, which has a big Somali population.

The trial opened a window into how would-be terrorists were recruited and what happened once they reached Somalia.

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FBI Arrests Bangladeshi Man Accused of Trying to Blow Up the New York Federal Reserve Bank

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A Bangladeshi man is accused of assembling what he thought was a 1,000 pound bomb and trying to detonate it to blow up the New York Federal Reserve Bank, Reuters reports.

The FBI said Wednesday that Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis drove the devise to the bank and walked back to his hotel, where he recorded a video statement, saying, “We will not stop until we attain victory or martyrdom.”

Authorities arrested Nafis as he repeatedly tried to detonate the bomb, which the FBI assured was never in working condition, Reuters reported.

‘Attempting to destroy a landmark building and kill or maim untold numbers of innocent bystanders is about as serious as the imagination can conjure,” said Mary Galligan, FBI acting assistant director-in-charge. “The defendant faces appropriately severe consequences.”

The FBI employed a tactic it has used in the past: Befriend a would-be terrorist and provide him with fake equipment to see if he will go through with an attack, according to Reuters.

The FBI said Nafis traveled to the U.S. in January 2012 and claimed to have been in contact with al Qaeda, a claim that agents could not substantiate.

Nafis considered several targets, including President Obama, before deciding on the bank building, which is one of the most secure and guarded in the country, authorities said.

Snapping Pictures of an Approaching Thunderstorm Raised Suspicions of Volunteer Photographer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Why would anyone be snapping photos of a storm brewing in Houston, Texas?

The FBI was concerned enough to question photographer Michael Galindo about the Sept. 13 pictures near a refinery, reports Opposing Views.

Galindo said the answer was simple enough: He was volunteering for the National Weather Service.

After someone at the refinery called the FBI, an agent who was investigating allegedly told Galindo that he clearly wasn’t a threat, “but just be careful next time,” Opposing Views reports.

FBI Offers Reward in Search of Massachusetts Man Accused of Training to Kill U.S. Soldiers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is offering a $50,000 reward to help locate a Massachusetts man who was training how to kill Americans soldiers while visiting Pakistan and Yemen, the bureau announced Wednesday.

The FBI believes Ahmad Abousamra may be living in Syria with his wife, at least a daughter and extended family.

Abousamra allegedly conspired with Tarek Mehanna, who was convicted of terrorism charges in December 2011 and sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison in April.

It’s believed that Abousamra last lived in an affluent Boston suburb and has family members in the Detroit area.

Minnesota Man Accused of Helping Terrorist Group to Stand Trial Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Depending on whom you ask, Mahamud Said Omar is either a well-connected member of an Islamist terror group or he’s mental ill and incapable of being an integral part of a terrorism recruiting network, the Star Tribune reports.

Today the 46-year-old Somali man who immigrated to Minnesota in 1993 is expected to stand trail for assisting terrorists in Somolia.

Omar is accused of being an entrenched member of Al-Shabab, an Islamist insurgency group with suspected ties with Al-Qaida.

Omar will be the third Minnesota man to stand trial on aiding terrorists in Somalia.

FBI Investigating Whether Somali Terror Group Is Successfully Recruiting Americans

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A year-long investigation into a Somali terror group’s efforts to recruit Americans may be gathering steam in Minnesota, the Associated Press reports.

The FBI has been focusing on Minnesota because it’s home to the largest Somali population in the U.S., according to the AP.

Fueling fears that al-Shabab is succeeding in its efforts was the recent revelation that a Minnesota man traveled to Somalia to join the terrorist group, his family said.

The AP noted that the FBI has been interviewing and subpoenaing Somalis in the state, a potential sign that the investigation is gaining traction.

Feds: Chicago Teen Who Pulled Trigger on Fake Car Bomb Was Not Entrapped

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors dismissed claims from the attorney of an Illinois teen Thursday that undercover FBI agents entrapped his client, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Although Ahmed Daoud pulled the trigger on what he thought was a car bomb outside a Chicago bar, he only did so because he was manipulated by undercover FBI agents, the attorney argued.

“He talked about how many people he wanted killed in this attack,” Assistant U.S. Attorney William Ridgway said during a detention hearing Thursday. “With every step, the defendant was pushing this operation forward. The defendant stood firm.”

Prosecutors said the FBI didn’t become involved until after Daoud, who turned 19 today, continually expressed an interest in waging violent jihad against Americans, according to the Tribune.