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. ***dude***

    Hey dr bad! Everyone blew u off this time! Guess u need some new material!

    November 28, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sherr

    No more muslim immigrants until they can get their wasteland religion under control.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. Susan

    Ok, first of all, he was caught. Everyone did their job! Second, we are far to easy and politically correct in so many situations it makes me want to hold my head and scream! Since we are so nice, so politically correct, so understanding, we are creating our own destruction. We need to stop letting people into this country. It's over. Things are different, situations have changed, it's a brand new unsafe world in which we (USA) live in. No more free ride in our universities to all these people who come here, can we please leave that to our own people! No more anything to anyone who comes here to feed off us. Can we please leave that to our own people! How is it that we take care of immigrants more that we care for our own? Lets clean our own house first, lets take care of our own people for a change. Educate our own people!! Until we finally clean up here in the good old USA and stop letting every Tom, Dick and Harry into this country we are going to self destruct very, very soon.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    Paul, how many Muslims have been convicted for 9/11 crimes?

    November 28, 2010 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil@Susan

    There is nothing the government can do that would stop thousands of "terrorists" from entering this country illegally and poisoning our unguarded domestic water supplies.

    November 28, 2010 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Susan

      I's already too late...we have way to many of them here already just waiting very patiently, and that is one of their strong points, they have patiences. I hate that I've turned my mind to think like the Dutches of Doom! I look at my 16 year old son and wonder what the hell is he going to have to deal with in his future.

      November 28, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  6. ***dude***

    If 99 percent of muslims love peace and oppose the nutballs, why are they silent? Where is their Billy Grahm? Are they helping in haiti?, africa? Do they belong to World Vision? Are they chasing the radials?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  7. phil it because of Muslims that it is not safe to walk down inner-city USA streets at night? Is it the American Muslim priest having his way with our young boys? Was ENRON a Muslim corporation? Get it yet?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  8. cabo wabo

    these psychos were going around hating us for many years and i never even knew it myself til 9/11. how the heck could we impact a group so heavily without even realizing they existed? well now i do hate them since they are plagueing my existence. now i do aspire to be a really big problem for them and will actively assault their beliefs and existence every chance i get.

    November 28, 2010 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  9. phil

    Susan, there is no need for "terrorists" to be living here patiently waiting. If thousands of ignorant Mexican's can sneak in daily, it would be no problem for "terrorists" to do the same and easily poison our water. why haven't they?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. phil@photoman

    It's not about Iraq's oil. It's about getting the Carlyle Group's Caspian Basin oil and natural gas to it's only possible customer, China, through Afghan pipelines. As long as China needs oil and the US needs China to keep extending US credit, troops will be there.

    November 28, 2010 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
    • karnak

      Have you ever considered the possibility that you are completely uninformed? Just wondering....I mean this argument of yours not only borders on the absurd, it jumped the border and went off the reservation.

      What in the world caused you to make this point, when the story was about this pathetic loser who lives and benefits from this society and yet only wishes harm upon others who give him sustenance? If you don't like our "half naked women" then please feel free to go to another country where that is not tolerated.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Nick J

      What in the world caused you to make this point,

      Well, he's pretty well informed to be honest. He's pulled sources from other news sites which I'm guessing he's monitored for a few years now. Do some independant reading and think twice before you 'only' consider sources from American corporate media, or didn you not know that American media is corporate owned? Really, the definition of irony is 'you' calling someone uninformed.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • asimj

      To find the root cause of most terrorism related incidents of recent times, let's see if there is any common factor. They come from different nationalities, race, gender etc. but one thing is common – they are all followers of islam. Whoever is in charge of keeping the country and its citizens safe, should look at this fact that is staring at their face. Look at what is it in the teachings of islam that so many different kinds of people are driven to hatred, so much hate for the people who let them into the country to enjoy a life they couldn't have dreamed of in their country. Unless you address the root cause, you would just keep locking up or killing more and more terrorists that ooze out of islam.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean IN

      Lets revoke their citizenship and deport all his family back to their beloves homeland.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Aperpp

      Yup, you seem to be right on point... Except America is the number one user of oil and natural gas, douch3

      November 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard

      If you aren't with the U.S., you are against the U.S. and you might find yourself in the same prison that bomber ends up in.
      If passive support for terrorism was prosecuted, 1/2 of all Muslims in the U.S. would be in jail.
      So all your abstract theorizing about the core reasons why troops are in Afghanistan and Iraq don't really add-up to much.

      November 28, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • joey b

      blah blah blah. you all sound so absurd.

      November 28, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. phil@photoman

    Not to mention (D) Congressmen. Most all of them voted for war on Iraq too.

    November 28, 2010 at 8:23 am | Report abuse |
  12. phil@cabo wabo

    So you are certain that it was Muslims that attacked on 9/11? You should take the evidence you base this on to a federal judge. If your evidence is solid, the judge will have these Muslims indicted for these crimes. So far, not even Osama BinLaden himself has been indicted for 9/11. And you probably think the FBI has him at the top of their '10 most wanted' list too? Not true. OBL is NOT wanted by the FBI for anything related to 9/11. (they do want him for a lesser crime they say he comitted in 1998 though)

    November 28, 2010 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • What th?

      You probably believe the halocaust didn't happen either. You dumb sh!head.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • sweatjr

      you are an idiot and need to do a little research before posting comments:

      November 28, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • mark

      you are truly indictment because it is a war crime not a civilian court crime. What possible reason would the US have for setting this up? If they did, surely they would have been able to plant weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. We would have had world support then for all the military activity we are in. I could say martians were behind the attack and that would have as much credibility as your statement. Why not lets say martians are involved. I'm sure we can convince a few idiots to donate us money to further our cause.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Modern Family

      Poor Phil, looks like he developed yet another hole in his tin-foil hat.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Indigo

      You are 100% waco if you believe this crap.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Does it matter? Usama confessed, and all of the operatives involved were linked back to his group. I'm sure he would confess in court, and that would be that. You're argument if completely flawed.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Insan Mukmin

      I agree. The US government lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies and lies.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      It's true. Bin Laden is wanted for the crime he committed in 1998, not for 9/11. Go to the FBI website and check there. There is no mention of 9/11 at all in his information.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • FstEti

      I think Phil's correct. Actualy, 9/11 really didn't happen; just like the landing on the moon, it never happened, it was all done in Hollywood at Universal . There have never really been anyone killed by the practioners of "The Religion of Peace". It's all a sham by FOX News because they hate brown skinned people. It's true! I saw Keith Olbermann say so.
      Where do these morons come from?

      November 28, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ***dude***

    If 99 percent of muslims love peace and oppose the nutballs, why are they silent? Where is their Billy Grahm? Are they helping in haiti?, africa? Do they belong to World Vision? Are they chasing the radials?

    November 28, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Sgt.Pepper

      That's because their definition of peaces differs from yours. Their definition of peace includes that all infidels submit to Islam or die. They are outspoken about it, they have curb sides promoters of Jihad, magazines, and internet, all calling for death of infidels.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Insan Mukmin

      US government loves peace????????????????? Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
    • elenaidan

      insan mukmin- If my only choice is fight for my freedom of religion and liberties or submit to a culture that request my submission to a prophet I have no belief in, then war it shall be. When we forget to see the value in others individuality we have denied parts of ourselves. Only our faith separates most of us from each other. We all have the same basic desires and needs. We Are Not That Different! LIVE AND LET LIVE!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  14. PDawg

    That article makes me want to go to the gym..... Music and half naked women – I'm in!

    November 28, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bosco56

      Going to Gold's in a few minutes...need a ride?

      November 28, 2010 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  15. Jake

    ...................................Dude looks like a lady.

    November 28, 2010 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • What th?

      Evidently an ugly one too.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
    • elementalpuc

      It is irrelevant but he is so gay. That's what you get when you make being gay so horrible in your religion that the only way to make up for such a sin is to blow yourself up or kill hundreds of people. It would make sense that suicide teroroists are the ones who feel the most guilt and feel they have the most to make up for, being gay in a Muslim society would count.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      How do you know that he is gay? Maybe you are gay and his picture turns you on, and you're angry that you are feeling arousal towards men.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • U R Wright

      Yes he does, and he will be treated like one in the Pen...

      November 28, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Boneco

      hahaha you guys made my day hahaha...I don't know if he's gay but his lips will be very handy in prison hahahahahahahahaha

      November 28, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
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