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. Bob

    Just like I have been saying...the jihadists posting threats and hate on the CNN website are not harmless but dangerous.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nisroc

      I agree but also those returning fire to those post also trigger anger

      July 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Trip

    What a moron, volunteers for the army knowing full well their at war in two islamic countries and then complains and objects because of his islamic faith. He should be awarded the medal for "Stupidity" above and beyond belief of any creature with a half a brain cell.

    July 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sarah

      Well one may come to a slight conclusion that he signed up for the army in order to get closer to our troops without having to fight his way in, but I'm not so sure that may be entirely true in this case.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • hatred101

      Because they come here want everything we have. They think we owe them

      July 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kevin

    Get him fitted for his hangmans rope!

    July 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    I don't know about that. How would a Buddhist or a Hindu or a Jew feel when asked bu us to fight those of their own??
    Christians have been fighting Christians for ever The wars in Europe's history have all been against each other as recently as Falkland. We fought Germans & Italians. We had a civil war of our own too.
    Muslims have been fighting their own with us in this war on terror in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan & Yemen.

    July 28, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Trip

      The difference is he was not drafted or already in the army before hand. he has know excuse.

      July 29, 2011 at 3:35 am | Report abuse |
  5. Al

    TIME TO STOP TIPPY-TOEING AROUND THESE WOULD-BE KILLERS: CHARGE HIM WITH TREASON AND GIVE HIM THE FIRING SQUAD!!!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. saywhat

    @ Wendy
    sorry to disappoint you but all these three Abrahmic religions – Judaism, Christianity & Islam stem from the same source – God, prophets & the Law.
    These three religions base their tenets on Torah,Bible & Koran.
    The basic difference that evolved overtime is this. Jews do not believe in Jesus Christ as son of God or even a prophet. They believe that he was an ordinary Jew , a carpenter who taught.
    Muslims believe in Jesus Christ as a holy prophet of God, in the miracle of his birth Immaculate Conception, his miracles & Second Coming. They also revere Holy Mary. What they refute is his being Son of God or that he was crucified. According to koran he was lifted up to the Heaven before Romans could kill him.
    If one reads the Torah, Bible & Koran ( I read the translation as compiled by Western non-muslim authors like Leslie Hazelton & others) one sees the common traditions right from the time of Abraham.

    July 28, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Sam

    He's a jihadist, and not a Tea Partier, so expect this story to get swept under the MSM rug pretty quickly. We all know there aren't Muslim extremists, and that the Tea Partiers are the real problem.

    July 28, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. saywhat

    In March of 2010 , nine terrorists of the militia Christian Soldiers (Hutaree ) were arrested in Michigan, plotting to kill federal officials, use of weapons of mass destruction & later to broaden armed conflict against the govt of USA.
    They were quietly let go by a judge & there was no stir inour media.
    This militia is armeds & trained.
    Hope the Christian terrorist in Norway has no contacts with them.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • auapplemac

      Oh, really? Is that why CNN broke into their regular programming to cover the police press conference live?

      Is that why the Ft. Hood shooter story was plastered all over the media for days?

      Is that why the NYC attempted bomber story was carried for days – showing security tape of his attempt?

      You apparently see and believe what you want to rather that accept reality.

      July 28, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • auapplemac

      Sorry, saywhat. I was replying to Sam in the comment before yours.

      July 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. U.S.Army-OverLord

    Simply release him at the gate of Fort Hood. I'm sure he'll be a statistic within the hour.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  10. saywhat

    Let this jihadist & the jihadist from Norway get at each other's throats with serrated knives. That will save us a lot of tax dollars.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. festie

    someone with some status in the new business who doesnt believe everything the muslim in the oval office says needs to point blank ask him what he thinks about this situation and ride him until he gives a straigt forward answer. then he needs to issue this p.o.s. the death penalty for treason along with that last muslim who got away with treason with a slap on the wrist. im speaking of the head shrinker who shot up fort hood in 2009. this P.C. CRAP HAS GONE ON TO LONG. we no longer need fear the enemy from without because the enemy is going to destroy us from within. the greatest sleeper agent in the history of the world is currently crippling our economy and plans on bringing us to our knees and his supporters are going to make sure he retains the oppertunity. pull your heads from the sand before he removes them from your bodies.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsb008

      The last Muslim hasn't gotten away with anything..his trial has not even started yet...so get your facts right before your go off on a rant about something you know nothing about...and what does the president have to do with some lowly private that went AWOL and then decided to go on his own misguided plan to get revenge..seems your head was in the sand when our last president was getting us involved in a war we had no business getting involved in..all it has gotten this country is over 4000 dead soldiers and all of his oil buddies rich.

      July 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  12. barack obama

    im refusing to sign john boehner debt bill mr boehner can shove this debt bill up his ass. stupid repulbicans
    i hate work working with republicans they are mass murderers. mr boehner is not allowed to go golfing with me because i do like not working with him because mr boehner molested his two daughters.

    barack hussein obama
    u.s president

    July 28, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The Koran

    The Koran is jihadi literature. "Slay them wherever you find them"..."Upon unbelievers is the curse of Allah". However, a true Muslim would never call for a jihad in revenge. In defense, Allah requires them to defend their homeland fiercly. And to treat any fellow Muslim who turns "Renegade" and actually is found fighting for the enemy especially harsh and then kill. Invade the USA and see what we can do to you and yor'n.

    July 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsb008

      Oh and what do you consider the Bible..the book of Pacifists?..go back to school and learn something.

      July 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  14. The Koran

    ..especially id we catch a fellow American wearing the enemies uniform. Just like The North did when they captured a black man wearing an confederate uniform. They were treated especially harsh. and at camp Douglas in Chicago, if you were black and wearing gray...you were shot at the gate. Muslims in Afghanistan are no different. True mulims that is. Many have sold their own God for riches. Sound familiar?

    July 28, 2011 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. The Koran

    What would a modern-day American do if he caught one of his fellow American's wearing the invading enemies uniform? You know darn good and well what we would do. A muslim man's God is Allah, not Uncle Sam. I thought everyone understood that. Allah cares what religion you are...Uncle Sam could care less.

    July 28, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsb008

      Oh yes..we Christians have been so righteous in the treatment of our fellow man!

      July 28, 2011 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
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