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. JTT

    Ahhh the many faces of hate – no wonder we are losing the terror war. Good job, you are embarrassments as Americans.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • scranton

      I take it you didn't have any family attending the Christmas tree lighting ceremony? So nice to be safe and politically correct. You are like lambs to the slaughter and these mentally deficient terrorist depend on your passivity.

      November 27, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
  2. scranton

    Profile at airports, Israel has been doing it for years with great success. Also profile when allowing people to immigrate to America. The time for political correctness has past and now we must stop these mentally deficient scabs from coming into our country to suck up the benefits then try to kill us.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Master_Kush

      Only problem is there are not people coming into our country trying to kill us, unless you beleive everything you see on TV or read in the paper..

      November 28, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. chciagogam

    i guess all this country requires is that someone take a history test and lie in an oath. pretty sweet deal. you know..even in a recession, living in this country is still VERY HIGHLY sought after. we CAN be a little pickier... and should.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • paul

      For many years a top secret clearance was denied to anyone having immigrated from a communist country. Maybe that same solution should apply to muslims. No muslims, relatives of muslims or from a muslim country should be allowed to immigrate to the USA. Those that manage to make it here should go through regular clearance tests including lie detection. Failure would mean further investigations and expulsion or jail time. The burden is on them and being is a free country will require Loyalty.

      November 28, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  4. Tonys

    If there are other Somalis that are not terroris sympathizers, where are their voices condemning these actions. IMO opinion, many of you are confusing racial profiling with criminal profiling. If all bank robberies were committed by 6 foot red-headed, green-eyed white guys, would cops be looking for 5 foot black guys?? Should the police throw a few token blacks into a line up along with those that fit the description just to convince people there is no racilal profiling going on? It's time for political correctness to be put to bed and use some common sense.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  5. CommonSense

    I'm actually quite fearful of 6' red headed white guys, but I digress.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  6. adilaRN

    You can believe what you want about Islam and Muslims, but the American public is swayed and directed by American and Jewish media. I can absolutely guarantee you that you will never meet a Muslim who is anything like those portrayed on television. This is all theatrics, a plot to demonize Islam, and unfortunately for both Muslims and non-Muslims alike, it's working.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:03 am | Report abuse |
    • paul

      Really? How many Jews and Americans are trying to set bombs to kill us? It is always a MUSLIM! Islam teaches hatred of non-muslims, command that they be killed. Those who follow those hateful and violent koran verses are only trying to be good muslims. Get familiar with your religion other than what the mullas tell you and you'll see the hate and evil there. It is not hard to do, all it takes is a critical mind and critical thinking.

      November 28, 2010 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      I have met a Christian Missionary who refuses to baptize a Muslim when they leave Islam. He said that in nearly every case after they leave, they, and occasionally their entire family, are killed. I also know a lady that left a Muslim marriage when they tried to castrate her. She STILL hides the fact that she was once Muslim so that no one kills her... I'm talking real fear here, she will not even go out in public for fear that someone might recognize her. how, that, THAT is your religion of peace? It's a religion of death started by a child molester.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. Master_Kush

    Doesn't surprise me at all. I've met plenty of Christian and Jewish Fitness Trainers in my life..Why not a jihadist fitness trainer?

    November 28, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  8. abtexas130

    make no mistake most terroist or pure bred country boys rough as a dam street thug , but there skin and mental is much more thicker and harder to break. These guys are not some chumps but thank god they are not a super power if so the world would be all musulim they have no rules ,but we do , we can not kill all of them but they can kill all of us including fat people that blog here and rich folks that work here. Only way to win a war is to kill every last person with in 1000 and set up shop and go hunting for more. Its sick its nasty but its the only way you can not win the hearts of people who hate you.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. CNN4Idiots


    Stop reading the GARBAGE on this site and learn the real truth. Another FALSE FLAG OP courtesy of Uncle Sam.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Roger

    So how much tax payers money federal gov spent in all this b.s. of undercover operation? and how is this going to make America safer?. This is a stupid, immature, retard 19 years old kid not more dangerous than a 19 years old American boy bringing guns to school. So are FBI and CIA going to spy on every Muslim in this country? are Americans going to deport every immigrant and build an electric fence along the border? is TSA going to X-Ray every person that boards on a plane,bus or subway?. Will Americans live in absolute paranoia?, inside its bubble, isolated from the rest of world to avoid a terrorist attack?. You guys are no tackling the real problem because you are too short sighted. Stop trashing the world with wars, stop making deals with authoritarian nations like Saudi Arabia just to get your f* oil, money that eventually goes to finance terrorist cells. Do something about the addiction of your fellow Americans to drugs so you can help Mexico in fighting drug cartels and make the border safer. Watch for those kids left in the countries you brought wars to, they probably will grow up poor, without education, without hope, hating you, and after being brain-washed the will love to die just to cause you harm. We are not in the 60-70 or 80s, this is a new global order, and the "safety" measures you are using are infantile and unrealistic, they will take you no where, if a f* nuke it's going to go off in central park in the name of some crazy jihad, it will certainly will, unless you start addressing the real issues now.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |

    Deport All Muslims....NOW

    November 28, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dustin

    Jesus of Nazareth was supposedly the son of God, not God himself. The worship of a cross or a being goes against the 10 commandments. I believe that if you are a good person then no intermediary between you or God is needed. Both Muhammad and Jesus are earthly beings and therefore according to Moses should not be placed above God in the pecking order. Just my opinion.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      You have no idea what you re talking about. First his name was Joshua (yeshua), not Jesus. Second, According to the Bible, every person was tainted by the actions of Eve, and because of that, unable to please God, but some did with COMPASSION and LOVE. Jesus was not born of a man, but of God, with an untainted spirit, and when you become Born Again – your old spirit dies and is replaced with a new spirit, one that allows you to live a life that starts clean and fresh.

      Churches were part of Constantine's religion, and was never a part of Christianity. What you see as churches now may house some Christians, and quite a few do go to them, but they themselves are just buildings with no religions significance at all. Churches also house quite a few that call themselves Believers, but are not. Even the leaders are corrupt in some of them.

      What the Bible calls a church is every Believer in Joshua. All of them that have been born again. The word is similar to "gathering," but means a little more than that. It's easier to think of the believers as just that, believers... and a church is when two or more meet together. It is not, nor has it ever been a building.

      When you really meet a believer, they are the ones that show compassion, the ones that help, and the ones that are willing to do what they need to to protect you. Islam teaches that anyone that rejects them must die. Christianity teaches that a believer must be willing to die for someone that is not a believer – to give them a chance to find that peace that they know so well.

      But as for why Christians oppose something like Islam it is because they claim to be a religion of peace, but they kill, torture and enslave anyone the disagrees with them. We've seen this all through their existence and from the beginning, and we see that they LOVE to kill us.

      I fight islam to make others aware that they are NOT what they claim to be, and that joining them is almost always a death sentence. They kill their own to kill you.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  13. Caesar

    It IS so unfair that good, honest, loving Muslims are being dragged into the Hate and Violence being used by BOTH sides EXTREMISTS. Perhaps if America pulled out our troops from their Homelands, and instead dealt with ONLY those who attack America HERE, we would give them a last chance too leave us alone..... With the understanding that anyone who breaks the peace is UNCONDITIONALY KILLED in PUBLIC, and any government that defends them agrees to be NUKED. Like a final line in the sand for BOTH America, and the rest of the World. Anybody who even gets near trouble or terrorism would be fair game. Make everyone afraid to plot.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:33 am | Report abuse |
    • gopal

      you should take a logistics and history class before you comment

      November 28, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Read about the 1st and 2nd Barbary Wars. We did have similar agreements and the Muslims changed them at every turn. They are agressive, violent, and angry. They will not rest until every non-Muslim is enslaved or dead.

      You are a danger to everyone while you are so uneducated. Please read some to gain an understanding of Islam.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  14. phil

    If the "terrorists" really wanted US dead, they would have been poisoning our water all this time. Hitler claimed the "terrorists" burned down the German Parliment building and that was all it took to scare most Germans into giving up their rights. Those who saw through Hitler's transparent plot and tried to expose it were called conspiracy theorists and thrown into Fatherland security prisons. Their own friends and family who believed the "terrorists" were coming to get them would even act as informants for the Nazis, thinking they were doing a service to their country. Odd how some things never change..

    November 28, 2010 at 12:34 am | Report abuse |
  15. Anevay

    Sad. I hate hearing these stories they are so scary. I especially hate when muslims defend these people and compare them to christian soldiers over there fighting, its not the same. Christian citizens don't travel abroad on their own to hurt others.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:36 am | Report abuse |
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