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2 ‘New Jersey’ Jihadists Arrested At JFK

From Newark’s Star-Ledger:

The home Carlos Eduardo Almonte in North Bergen, N.J.

Two N.J. men arrested at JFK airport before boarding plane to join Islamist terrorist group, authorities say

By Josh Margolin/Statehouse Bureau
June 06, 2010

NEWARK — Two New Jersey men intent on killing American troops were arrested Saturday as they boarded flights to link up with a virulent jihadist group in Somalia, authorities said.

The men, both North Jersey residents, were charged with conspiring to commit an act of international terrorism through a group tied to Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda network, according to officials familiar with the details of the arrests.

Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, of North Bergen, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, of Elmwood Park were apprehended at John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens before they could board separate flights to Egypt, where they were to start journeys to Somalia.

Yes, Mohamed Hamoud Alessa and Carlos Eduardo Almonte – of New Jersey.

The men were arrested by teams of state and federal law-enforcement agents who have been investigating the pair since October 2006, according to the officials, who requested anonymity because they are not authorized to discuss the operation publicly…

Neither Alessa nor Almonte is married. Both are American citizens, said the anonymous officials…

The arrests were the culmination of Operation Arabian Knight.

Uh, oh. It’s a wonder that name isn’t considered a ‘hate crime.’

Details were still sketchy Saturday night, but authorities said the suspects have been under surveillance for some time and were being shadowed by an undercover New York City cop who managed to infiltrate their circle of friends and keep tabs as they consumed jihadist videos and literature, bought airline tickets and prepared to travel overseas…

Authorities said the men planned to wage jihad as part of a Somalia-based Islamist terror group called al Shabaab, an organization of several thousand fighters spread through Somalia’s southern region. Al Shabaab, whose full Arabic name means "Mujahideen Youth Movement," has had ties to al Qaeda since 2007, according to national security experts.

Last year, federal authorities in Minnesota charged 14 men connected to a plot designed to entice young Americans to join up with al Shabaab. And, in February, the New York Times reported the group announced it was joining forces with the ‘’international jihad of Al Qaeda." …

Officials said the New Jersey suspects were believed to have led fairly normal lives in North Jersey but then started acting strangely and gravitating toward anti-American sentiment. Their families aided in the investigation after growing worried about the beliefs and actions of the men, officials close to the probe said

In order to prove the suspects had "intent" to commit an act of terror, federal prosecutors in New Jersey insisted that the men be allowed to go to the airport and begin the boarding process. That way, there would be less of a chance they could later say they had changed their mind or grown uneasy with their plans…

In the months leading up to their planned travel, authorities said, Alessa and Almonte saved thousands of dollars, conditioned themselves physically through tactical training and dry runs at paintball fields and acquired gear and apparel to be used once they joined up with al Shabaab in Somalia. The men boasted that they wanted to wage holy war against the United States both at home and overseas, said investigators…

More from those people whose name we dare not speak.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “2 ‘New Jersey’ Jihadists Arrested At JFK”

  1. BobonStatenIsland says:

    They say the families helped with the investigation. I wonder if it ws both families or just the family of Carlos Eduardo Almonte. I’d imagine his family is probably Catholic.

    • mr_bill says:

      For what it’s worth, I saw a report on the news this morning that says Almonte is originally from Jordan.

    • Steve says:

      From what I have read, it is Alessa’s family who are from Jordan.

      In any case, both Alessa and Almonte went to Jordan in 2007, from where they tried to get into Iraq — unsuccessfully.

    • mr_bill says:

      I stand corrected, I caught a couple minutes of the morning news and overheard the bit about Jordan. I wasn’t really paying much attention to the particulars. This whole thing could be summed up by saying the two more mohammadans were caught attempting to spread the message of the “religion of peace.”

      Its strange that every time somebody gets arrested for planning [or actually commits] some “man-made disaster,” they always belong to the same religious group. Maybe there’s something we can learn from that…

  2. proreason says:

    If I were them, I would have just waited for Obamy to kick in cylinder 8.

  3. canary says:

    Officials said the New Jersey suspects were believed to have led fairly normal lives in North Jersey but then started acting strangely and gravitating toward anti-American sentiment. Their families aided in the investigation after growing worried about the beliefs and actions of the men,…

    Officals said the Indo-Afro-Haw-Chic suspect was believed to have led an extreme abnormal life in the U.S, but then growing in radicalism & gravitating closer toward anti=American sentiment. His family & companions grew happy with his growing beliefs & radicalism aiding him to become the man in the WH.


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