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. Chad

    I would love to set this guy free in downtown Portland with a tshirt on that says I tried to bomb Portland I would love to see the reaction from the oregonians not to mention him getting the crap beat out of him

    November 27, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Pat

    Of course these guys need to learn to stretch and relax. Calmness is important when you're attempting to blow yourself to smithereens. Maybe the underwear bomber's device would have made a big hole in the side of the plane if he hadn't panicked and peed all over it.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jake

    Gee, would have been nice if someone in the US gov't knew this kid was a wanna-be jihadist before giving him US citizenship (citizenship that might not be able to revoked when he goes free, certainly a bomb plot isn't going to get life in prison). How many other wanna be jihadists are reading these types of magazines and just waiting for a chance to strike at the US. Obviously, USCIS and the FBI aren't doing their job vetting immigrants before handing out citizenship, and we haven't seen anything if Obummer & the Lame Ducks in congress force thru the Dream Act. This Jihadist is the poster child for the Dreamers.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mo

    Ha , another Charistmas propaganda, It seems like Portland like to be in the nation news because it is a small city and needs attention. Nobody knows where the hick portland is, and they usually do that every year. I lived in Portland for 22 years and since 9/11 they been claiming same stories, But all the cases they claimes has been dismissed or eneded up with a big law suit like the attorney they claim he was in Spain Bombing, and they eneded up paying him millions for wrong convection. Well this is another Crap propaganda,

    November 27, 2010 at 8:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      So sounds like someone in Portland dissed you pretty badly for you to be angry at Portland. They gave you the boot huh?

      November 27, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Well they sure didn't give him an education, or spelling lessons for that matter

      November 27, 2010 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      I think we can all guess what "Mo" is short for.

      November 28, 2010 at 2:49 am | Report abuse |
    • Cueball

      Let's just say his middle name is "Ron"...

      November 28, 2010 at 3:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dale

    Why do we let this trash in the U.S. ?

    November 27, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      He probably didn't seem like trash when he came in years ago.

      November 27, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tom

    what? No yoga or meditation?

    November 27, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sagebrush Shorty

    Strong body, weak mind.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      This may be an example of where the terrorist apparatus is starting to run low on "A game" terrorists and now are reaching deep into the B team.

      November 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mm

    People who come to America and don't like are only a plane ride away from where you came from. Please go back to where you are most happy, comfortable and fit in. Why stay here and live in such misery. Don't you know that everyone deserves to live a happy life. So, please for your sake go back to where you came from.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. butterfly

    bubba got a new playtoy...dont drop the soap

    November 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ArmyNurseWhisperer

    This is not the B team. This is practice squad water boy.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ZmajSnoshaj

    I wiped my bum with three of my favorite Surah's this morning

    6:52 3:28 and 9:29

    November 27, 2010 at 9:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. EgyMan

    Mr. John F and Mr. SulaymanF.... It is not working Sirs... your attempts to display disgust at what he did don't make you true muslims... he's a true muslim, and you are not! He followed his religion's teachings, you are not following your religion teachings. Either you are hypocrites or you do not know your religion very well... I'll give you the benefit of the doubt.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  13. dontsleep
    Stand up America! Join Dr Terry Jones in LA on Dec 11th in front of the egytian embassy.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. dontsleep!/pages/Stand-Up-America-with-Dr-Terry-Jones/152854321414642

    November 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John B

    I don't know if it matters who he WAS...he's soon to be someone's lil biatch.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
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