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. The Koran

    Two wrongs don't make a right. So throw the Old Testement at me all you want. Try throwing some words of Jesus and see how softly they land. Why don't you?

    July 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. The Koran

    Both false-christians and false muslims side with whatever government hapeens to be in power. Both shed the humble clothes and written words og their God in favor of uniforms and guns and tanks and missiles and cluster bombs and nukes. Dont'cha.

    July 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nsb008

    Sorry..I don't throw the words of Jesus,Noah or Mohammed at anyone for I am not an evangelist..my religion is no better than yours or anyone else's.

    July 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • nsb008

      Noah = Moses

      July 28, 2011 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Jokesterer

    Was he muslim by chance?

    July 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Chris

    You joined the military after sept 11th but don't want to go to afghanistan? Where the hell did you think you would go?

    July 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marianne, Pleasant Valley, NY

    I have no prejudice; but why is a person joining the military if Islam is an issue. Of course any of our military personnel could b
    sent to Afghanistan or anywhere else in the mid east. Isn't this a question we should be asking beforehand? Thank god they caught him and his heinous plot – the first incident was hetrocious......Our military give everything – their lives, their health, leaving their families. Let's screen out these lowlifes. Our military deserve our protection. Let's b more selective.......

    July 28, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • coldtexan

      Very well said.

      July 28, 2011 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. dml

    Okay, I'm curious, why 18 pounds of sugar?

    July 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  8. franky

    Pixie sticks "duh"

    July 28, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. coldtexan

    OK. So TADT is history, as well it should be. How about a new awkward question for the recruiters? "If your religion prohibits you from fulfilling your requirements as a member of the US Armed Forces, will you seek refuge as a CO?

    July 28, 2011 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • coldtexan

      DPDC?? (don't pray – don't confess??)

      July 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Laquitta Monroe

    Naser Abdo came in my place of business on June 23 2011 at 19:09 near the Fort Campbell main gate. Mr Abdo was flithy from head to toe and was talking very strange . He made comments that spys need to be shot and that people was tapping into his phone. My co-workers and I was very scared. After the Abdo left the build I spoke to my husband who is a SFC in the Army at Fort Campbell, on how I could find out what unit he worked for so that I could report him, before he hurt himself or someone else.

    July 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. r smith

    amazing how hard i had to look for this major story on cnn.
    anything anti muslim and cnn puts it on the back burner

    July 28, 2011 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  12. The Truth

    Casey Anthony = murdered her own child = set free. Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo = attempted mass murderings = jailed. Crazy world we live in.

    July 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. todd

    Another WHACK JOB TRAITOR (SOB) who wants to turn in his own people!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 10:39 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ma & pa

    Terrorists don't have consciences, only a love of death because they don't comprehend peace, love,kindness live and let live...only regimented hate. That guy knew to join, draw a paycheck to support deathmaking, infiltrate our systems of defense, report, knowing at worst when he refused to serve he could sit in a cell being served three square meals a day. Terrorists come from a different place in the mind than peaceful people. We don't have to understand it to know it's evil and get rid of it.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:14 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lawl

    Love how CNN is trying to bury this story. Lol like people don't have multiple media sites they go to nowadays.

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