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. morris wise

    Evil temptations exist in all criminal minds, but the monsters with the temptation to bomb and kill must be quickly flushed out and punished. Muhamud`s evil fantasies are only the tip of the iceberg, there are thousands like him who harbor rage against American policies in the Middle East. They should be offered fake bombs and arrested when attempting to use them.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Frank

    He looks like a real bright kid. About par for ISLAM. All idiots without a lick of sense. Thats what makes these idiots so dangerous.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      You do realize that out of the educated people in the 1 billion + people in Islam, most are doctors and engineers, right? Wait, then by your logic doctors and engineers are idiots.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matthew

    I guess you were just doing what Mohammad the Molster told you to do, right?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. adam

    It's hard to imagin how can someone who was saved from the destruction and devastation in Somalia into heaven (u.s) will want to kill the same people who saved him & his family.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  5. Purnell

    I've got one of his videos, "Go for the burn!"

    November 28, 2010 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  6. Durtorange

    How do you bring down a giant? You run around and tire them out, use up their energy and resources, eventually drain their willpower and determination. That's the strategy of the terrorists( the organized ones at least, like Al Quaeda). The terrorists today understand it won't happen in their lifetime, but they fight believing their efforts will eventually bring victory in the future. The United States and England must understand this and find a way to prevent it from happening.The fact that North Korea, and Iran are putting pressure on us makes it harder, and the terrorists couldn't be happier.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. James hood

    Any lasting change can not be made by bombing and terror, but only by the means as King, Gandhi and Mandela showed us.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  8. phil@mark

    9/11 was NOT an act of war. If it were, none of the insurance companies would have had to pay claims. Insurance doesn't cover acts of war as I'm sure you are well aware. 9/11 was a crime, and like any crime comitted here, all it takes is evidence and a judge WILL issue indictments. Where is this evidence that usama did 9/11, and if it does indeed exist, why hasn't it been shown to a federal judge so that Usama can be indicted?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:43 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      He admited that they did it on video... duh!

      November 28, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • karnak

      Phil, a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Matthew

      Hey, I'm 100% for questioning what you are told by the government, but you've gone off the deep end, bub. The day the attack made the news, the "Peace Loving Muslims," all over the world celebrated, danced a jig, and killed a few Christians. Islam is behind this, Bin Laden was just being the tool he really is in organizing it. He was the "designated Target," of the Islamic world to take the eyes off of the entire religion. He was sacrificial pig.

      but you not taking a minute to understand this is just disgusting.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      I am one of those "Peace Loving Muslims," and I didn't dance a jig. I had family and friends that worked in the WTC, and it's people like you that enrage the terrorists.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Indigo

    God = Allah. So who goes around shooting people up shouting God is great?

    November 28, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  10. phil@mark

    ...about your Iraq WMD comment. There was no doubt Saddam had WMD's at one time. If you read the Teicher Affidavit (testimony from the highest ranking government official to ever come clean about how Saddam got his hands on WMD's) you will see that there was absolutly no doubt Saddam had these weapons at one time.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  11. Sgt.Pepper

    Stop importing terrorists. They population of North America is high enough, we don't need to keep importing, especially those that want to kill us.

    November 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  12. Free the Leaf

    November 28, 2010 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. phil

    @sweatjr...I say again, the FBI has evidence that Usama Binladen comitted a crime in 1998, and they want him for it. Go back to your FBI link you posted and read it for yourself.

    November 28, 2010 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      No proof needed, Usama confessed to the world about 9/11, and all the people involved were linked back to his terrorist group. I'm pretty sure thats enough to convict. DUH!

      November 28, 2010 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jace

      No, if it was enough proof, they would mention on the FBI site that he is wanted for 9/11.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  14. phil@durt orange

    How do you bring down a giant? You poison his water. (duh)

    November 28, 2010 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      How do you spell moron, P H I L(duh)

      November 28, 2010 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. phil@guest

    Now you base your assumptions on what OBL says?

    November 28, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Better than grasping at straws which is what you're doing, YOU HAVE NOTHING.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • guest

      Nothing BUT assumptions that is.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
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