November 27th, 2010
06:53 PM ET

FBI: Suspect claimed he wrote jihadist fitness article

A Somali-American teenager arrested Friday on suspicion of plotting to bomb a holiday ceremony in Portland, Oregon, told an undercover FBI employee that he wrote articles published in an English-language jihadist magazine, including a story on fitness, an FBI affidavit says.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, told the undercover operative last summer that he had written articles for the online magazine Jihad Recollections under a pen name, according to an FBI affidavit filed with Mohamud's arrest warrant.

One of the articles Mohamud claimed to have written was "Getting in shape without weights," which was published in the inaugural issue of Jihad Recollections in April 2009, according to the affidavit.

In the article, the author - identified as Ibn al-Mubarak - writes that jihadists must prepare their bodies for war and "train as hard as possible in order to damage the enemies of Allah as much as possible."

The article implores readers to train without weights, in part because using them is "unrealistic for the Mujahid in the front lines anywhere in the world today," and because gyms are not Islamic environments, with their "music, semi-naked women [and] free mixing."

The piece describes stretches and warm-ups before instructing on ways to sculpt one’s legs (suggestions include walking at least 90 minutes a day, doing interval runs, crawling long distances and sitting against a wall for long periods) and strengthen one’s arms (100 to 150 push-ups per day, pull-ups, walking on hands).

"We find that [weights are] ... a major setback for the Americans and the NATO Crusading army as they cannot go to any battlefront without carrying along with them their bench, squat sets and sometimes even their machines," the article says.

U.S. authorities say Mohamud was arrested in connection with a plan to detonate what he believed to be a vehicle bomb at Portland's Christmas tree lighting on Friday night. He attempted to detonate the device, which was a fake planted by authorities in an undercover operation designed to undermine him, the Justice Department said.

A resident of Corvallis, Oregon, and a student at Oregon State University, Mohamud was arrested on suspicion of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, the FBI said. He will make his initial appearance Monday in federal court in Portland, the Justice Department said.

The arrest was the culmination of a long-term undercover operation during which Mohamud, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Somalia, was monitored closely as the alleged plot developed, the Justice Department said. Mohamud made the article claim to an operative involved in that undercover operation, according to the affidavit.

Mohamud said he wrote two other articles for Jihad Recollections, and that he also sent an article to another jihadist publication, Inspire, according to the affidavit. The court document does not identify those articles.

U.S. counterterrorism officials have said Jihad Recollections was produced by former North Carolina resident Samir Khan, who those officials now say they believe is living in Yemen. Intelligence officials also suspect Khan is the driving force behind Inspire.

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  1. papichulo

    what gym is that where you see half naken women ? i want to join it !

    November 28, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil

    @Jace...well done young man! Finally someone else here knows that Usama is NOT wanted by the FBI for 9/11. NONE of the forensic evidence points at BinLaden or al-Queda.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe D.

    This kid is what is called a hypocrite. Drinking "brew-skies" with his frat bro's, and becoming a jihadi on the weekends.(or maybe vice versa, who knows?) The only problem is that he was willing to blow up a bunch of civilians. He fits right in with the rest of the cowards who do not have enough heart to fight on the front lines against armed troops. Now he'll go to an American prison and be a God to the black Muslim prisoners who hate "White America".

    November 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timmyj81

      You may be on to something. I agree with your hypocrite statement. Maybe, and I'm just taking a guess, his god hated him for being an idiot and hypocrite so he decided to get him caught. You know, he's looking at his little servant going, 'This guy is a moron......I'm gonna let him get caught and repeated pounded in prison. Then, make him say his wedding vows to a dude named Rock.' Yeah, let's go with that option. HA! HA!!!

      November 28, 2010 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ABC123

    Lets face it, this guy looks like a Klingon.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • A. Non

      Don't let a Klingon hear you say that, unless you think today is a good day to die! And, the Klingons are our allies! No, he looks more like someone that did not meet Borg standards for assimilation. Of course, one should not judge by appearances, but the stupidity just shines through in this case.

      November 28, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jean-Luc

    Not to steal a line from Robin Williams but they already have the best fitness plan..lose 160 pounds in 1 second 😛

    November 28, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  6. smiley

    i agree that most terrorists are islamic or muslim but i also believe concerning 9/11 that they had help n the masterminds behind that whole tragedy was nothing more then our own government (bush). do ur research on 9/11, it does leave a lot to question! we blame immigrants for all the bad that happens in our country, our government is the top of all organized crime in this world, theyre just gd at making it look like everyone else is the bad ones.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. MuyGuapo

    Anyone who willingly presses a button believing that he will be blowing up a lot of people is a complete and total moron. I don't care how much he was set up or what conspiracy theory people devise. I will be having a Merry Christmas knowing that this nutbar is behinds bars.

    November 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Derek

    I'm all for sending him back home, but how 'bout strapped to a cruise missile?

    November 28, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. GoodNews316

    Our world is paralyzed by fear. Every day you turn on the news and see evidence of our impending doom. Pretty depressing stuff! Fortunately, there's good news! There is hope. See for yourself, visit: Story4.Us/2050.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ForeignAid

    So did this guy enter the country with his family as a refugee or what? Good to see he's making good use of his chance to start out a fresh new life of opportunity free from harm and conflict.

    November 28, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil@Bill

    Thanx. I've been looking into how governments behave for half a century now. They keep trying the same things over and over again, yet still fail. It's easier for world governments to pull "fast ones" on us these days. Most all peoples have confused love of one's homeland with love of one's current government. They even take it as a personal insult if you try to expose what their government is doing! Imagine that! It's getting wayyyyy out of hand. Governments operate with virtual impunity these days thanx to their mindless supporters. (there are several ways to communicate these things outside of this little CNN box....use your imagination) smile

    November 28, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. BEANS

    This is getting way out of hand. I never thought I would be prejudice, but I believe it time to deport all of them.It would by far be the safest way for this country to survive, this onslaught of terrisiom.I was always a firm believer of freedom of religion and still am, but these people are trying to destroy our way of life and insert theirs.I have grandchildern that need a future, and not be defaced by some radical, maybe they need to live in a country like Iran,where women are treated like dogs, and they can beat and mistreat women, I don't see why any one would want their daughter to be married to these men.

    November 28, 2010 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Knight

    "the Americans and the NATO Crusading army as they cannot go to any battlefront without carrying along with them their bench, squat sets and sometimes even their machines"

    And of course he is wrong. The USMC have the Marine Corps daily 7... all calisthenics. The SEAL Teams BUD/S was designed after exercises that can be done anywhere without equipment. I am glad the jihadists are so misinformed on something that is common knowledge and easily found with Google. Speaks volumes!

    November 28, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. barbara

    Now he'll have plenty of time to get in shape without the use of weights in his very own 6×8 cell. If there's one thing that prisons hate more than child rapists.... it's terrorists. Good luck. But instead of 3 hots and a cot (which we pay for) how about a bare floor and 1 meal a day?

    November 28, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  15. buckup

    supermax needs a fitness trainer; light duty & small classes

    November 28, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
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