Officials: Jihadi literature found in arrested soldier's backpack
Pfc. Naser Abdo is seen here in a screengrab from a 2010 interview CNN conducted with him.
July 28th, 2011
12:58 PM ET

Officials: Jihadi literature found in arrested soldier's backpack

[Updated at 1:34 p.m.] Jihadi literature was found in a backpack belonging to Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo, who said he wanted to attack soldiers at Fort Hood, two law enforcement officials said.

[Updated at 12:58 p.m.] A soldier arrested near Fort Hood, Texas told investigators that he wanted to attack Army soldiers outside Fort Hood, a law-enforcement official said.

[Updated at 12:06 p.m.] Read a full story on the incident at Fort Hood here.

[Updated at 11:16 a.m.] The soldier suspected of having bomb-making materials near Fort Hood, Texas, is expected to face federal charges, possibly as early as Thursday afternoon, a federal law-enforcement official said.

[Updated at 11:13 a.m.] A statement on the Fort Hood website acknowledged Pfc. Naser Abdo's arrest but said it had no connection to the base.

"We are aware at this time that Killeen Police Department arrested a soldier yesterday. The incident leading to the arrest did not occur on Fort Hood and the soldier was not a Fort Hood based soldier," the statement said.

Abdo was assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky.

Abdo refused to deploy to Afghanistan on grounds of his religion and had put in the paperwork to be discharged as a conscientious objector. The Army approved his request, but he was then charged with child pornography and went AWOL, the official said.

"We have two things that I believe make us American, and that's freedom of religion and freedom of choice," he said in an interview last year.

He said he had to remain true to Islam.

"I've come to the conclusion that the consequences I would face by refusing deployment are a lot less than the consequences I would face should I go. I don't think I would be able to live with myself if I deployed," he said.

Abdo had put in the paperwork to be discharged as a conscientious objector at Fort Campbell. The Army approved his request, but he was then charged with child pornography and went AWOL, the official said.

CNN spoke with Abdo in 2010 when he was trying to be discharged as a conscientious objector.

Watch what he had to say about the issue:

[Updated at 11:00 a.m.] Texas police arrested a U.S. soldier who went AWOL this month after being charged with possessing child pornography, a Defense Department official told CNN Thursday.

Pfc. Naser Abdo was assigned to Fort Campbell in Kentucky but was arrested in Killeen, Texas, near Fort Hood, the military base where a 2009 shooting spree left 13 people dead and 32 others wounded.

Killeen police received a call from a gun shop owner about a suspicious man in the store who was asking questions about 40-caliber ammunition and then bought three boxes of 12-gauge ammunition and a magazine for a pistol, the defense official said. He paid cash and left in a cab. He then went to a surplus store and allegedly bought a military uniform.

FBI agents searching the soldier's hotel room found gunpowder, shotgun shells, a pressure cooker, 18 pounds of sugar, four magazines and ammunition, the defense official said. The FBI is investigating the case.

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  1. Paul M

    Glad to see that FOX beat you to the punch...try and keep up guys...I HATE getting breaking news from FOX

    July 28, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • HZ

      That's because FOX doesn't take the time to verify facts so they report gossip as truth.

      July 28, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      breaking news? how about reporting that Murdoch's corp is responsible for hacking 9/11 victim's phones? Oh wait, that's not a breaking news .. isn't it? You know, in the end, I really pity you ... it must be tough to live in a world you can't possibly understand for lack of cognitive abilities. ON the other hand, it's not your fault .. that's how genetics works. FOX comes to help you ... keep watching, let them think for you, you will be happy.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. michaelfury

    July 28, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  3. Bellabiv Devot

    Paul M, then how are you sure it's a legit story if you hear if first from Fox?

    You sound like one of the "Faux News" people.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  4. christina

    something is up with all these shootings it seems like there all happenin back to back but thats just my opinion.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      Try not to think too hard

      July 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jones

    He was just following what pedophile Mohammed did

    July 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bill

    One reason is that FOX does not wait to see who in the administration will want to quash or delay a story. Sort of like the old days with Edward R Murrow and Huntley-Brinkley and Cronkite. The news is just that it is NOT the politically correct or favorably endorsed "reporting" we get today from the old boys networks.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      You are so delusional it is almost funny, I wonder what news reporters such as Kronkite and Murrow would say about your comparison. There is not a single news program on the air right now that compares with those real newsmen.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      True – they report the news, they dont put a spin on it before they release a story.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean Russell

      Ha. thanks for the laugh. Really comparing Fox news to Cronkite and Murrow? Those guys exposed the problems in govt- despite who was in power. Fox is only concerned with what Obama does. When junior was in there- they were the mouthpiece for the administration. Cheney insisted on only Fox news being on the TV- because he knew they would be friendly to the administration. But nice try.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. CF

    Why the pressure cooker and sugar?

    July 28, 2011 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
    • Doc

      Probably going to attempt a home made IED with the pressure cooker. The sugar, well hell he is apparently bent....

      July 28, 2011 at 11:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessica

      I looked up sugar and explosives. Apparently it is a house hold chemical that can be used to make a bomb.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Canadian Genius

      @ Jessica. I hope you didn't do that search at work. Some companies will fire people for things like that.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Goodstuff

    He's got a funny name. Must be a Muzzlin. WE NEED TO START SCREENING PEOPLE!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Awesome Me

      Maybe you should invite him and his friends to live in your mom's basement with you.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Awesome Me

    He's muslim so the story will go off the radar soon. The media covers up for them, doesn't fit the anti-tea party template.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Goodstuff

      Wait, i'm confused. HE LOOKS WHITE!

      July 28, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • therealhawkman

      At Goodstuff; Wait, i'm confused. HE LOOKS WHITE!


      July 28, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. 100% American

    Religion of peace.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Agent_C

      Except when they fly planes into occupied buildings, or blow themselves up in a crowded supermarket – Yeah, real peaceful...

      July 28, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean Russell

      Or bomb clinics, shoot doctors in churches, stand by and let the Holocaust occur, kill Jews and others for not converting, promote slavery, and launch a land grab under the banner of "rescuing the holy land from the infidels"!

      Oh wait, that wasn't was another religion of 'peace'.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  11. trish

    Hey, will you guys visit HelpFaye.ORG a friend of mine is fighting for her life... Thank you

    July 28, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Goodstuff

      die in a fire.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Daddy2010

      Scams suck.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  12. swims with the gators

    How do we know whats true anyway? from cnn ..a compliant,obediant, pro obama slanted reporter?
    or fox... the anti-obama slant ?
    I have found that BOTH are guilty biased reporting ..
    Far too often throwing in unwanted personal political opinions in matters ...
    We need a new independent network or way of reporting.. this one stinks !

    July 28, 2011 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
  13. larry

    the little-noted sentencing of Little Rock jihadist Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad, who killed 24-year-old Private William Long and gravely wounded 18-year-old Private Quinton Ezeagwula at a recruiting center in a bloody shooting spree targeting our military on American soil. Muhammad got life without parole.
    Accused Fort Hood jihadist Nidal Hasan still awaits his court martial scheduled for next March — and still maintains his rank and salary while the wheels of justice grind slowly.
    In June, the FBI exposed a Seattle jihadi plot against the military with two Muslim avengers who compared themselves to Hasan.
    And also in June, the feds arrested Muslim Marine reservist Jonathan Melaku in an attempted Pentagon bombing. He was also tied through ballistics to a series of Beltway-area military building target shootings.
    Now, via Fox News, there’s word of another plot on American soldiers on American soil. Possibly three conspirators are allegedly involved.
    I guess I’m supposed to be silent about this.Shhh

    July 28, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  14. michaelfury

    July 28, 2011 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  15. love myself

    its time to banned all muslims in the military

    July 28, 2011 at 11:18 am | Report abuse |
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