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. Kat

    Simple solution: send him to be with his beloved muslims–in their country! And while we're at it, send twistedupfosho with him. He is much too easily offended.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • mc

      He is a soldier, he is supposed to have ammo the only thing different is 'he is a muslim'. By 2035 50% of europe will be muslim and we will remain the only muslim basher country in the world.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @MC

      Actually with the rise in anti-Muslim groups and the public opinion of Islam in general decline in Europe. I would count my burkas before they hatch.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. RU Serious

    .... and the roar of outrage and sorrow from the peace-loving main-stream Muslims is deafening once again. What a joke that we as a PC-addled country continue to accept these continual assaults with concern directed at NOT offending these miscreants "culture"....you know the one, that hangs 8 year olds and drives planes into buildings.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • WDS

      You are right. We need more peaceful Christians like Anders Behring Breivik in the USA!

      July 28, 2011 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      @WDS ... Gentile does NOT equal Christian. I'll say this until I'm blue in the face, Anders Behring Breivik was NOT a member of any Christian church or sect, he was just insane. Jesus Christ NEVER taught violence, UNLIKE Muhammad. And THIS clown Naser Abdo was obviously a practicising Muslim, since he was claiming that faith as the reason for his discharge. Religion of Peace, PC baloney.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @WDS

      I’m an Atheist.

      Your argument is based solely on pointing your finger at someone else. A tactic of five year old. A clear sign you have no real defense.

      July 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Keeping Muslims out of the military was suggested above.
    A problem with Separation of Church and State is that all religions are allowed, from the Universal Life Church to Islam.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
  4. twistedupfosho

    Islam is the religion of peace, these are peacefull people who are receiving bad press from the zioist occupied news media! Western news media has hard on against world's only peacefull religion, even to the point to stage bad things about muslim culture!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Rosanne Smithe

      LOL!!! Yeah, the zionists made this moslem soldier want to murder other Americans...

      He refused to be deployed to serve his nation because he didn't want to fight against his moslem brothers, but was willing and able to murder his fellow Americans.

      Liberalism is a mental disorder, and the Religion of Pea e appreciates your support

      July 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      @twistedupfosho

      Yes, the Zionist media is responsible. Just like they are responsible for making those sharks attack people off the coast of Egypt last year.

      @Rosanne Smithe

      You are as brainwashed as twistedoopfu. What does this have to do with liberalism? Islam is a conservative religion. Please step out of your party line bubble. Your red is no better than blue and vice versa.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bull

    He should have been waiting for his discharge in the Stockade.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • ROEUSA

      No doubt about it....this SOB should have been in the stockade. Situation in mid-east hasn't changed much since he ENLISTED. You can't pick and choose your duty in the service. Therefore he was disobeying orders I don't care for what reason and should have been in the stockade until this was resolved. Hell, it should be a dishonorable discharge.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. johnessj

    the muslim goal is to destroy america from the inside out. that the reality, we recruit these muslims cell and they wait for an oppertunity to resolve us in violent. muslims is an enemy to all peace loving religion. the sooner we depot these people from our shoreline, the better for all our concern.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  7. dawn

    I'm so glad that gun shop owner was being so conscientious about his customer's behavior. Way to go. You probably saved lives from another twisted and evil monster on a rampage.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  8. mc

    We should start looking at the wars agains, by 2035 50% of Europe will be muslim and we will remain the only mulsim basher country in the world with no friends at all.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      .Now you are just repeating yourself. Please provide your source.

      July 28, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Flyboy7588

    Hey WDS, you need to take a break from reading the NY Slimes.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  10. numbnut

    So why did he join the service if he knew he might be deployed to the Middle East?

    July 28, 2011 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
    • tokyo joe

      to find out all about guns and gunpowder and tactics of war

      July 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
  11. 2B expected

    Well here is just one more soldier we have trained and may be attempting to use that training against us... we should be very careful of who we train especially since 2001....this soldier was a PFC which means he probably joined after 2001 therefore knowing he would be told to go overseas...so my quesiton is did he do it for the free ride or for other reasons

    July 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. Flyboy7588

    Give me 5 minute with this POS and I'll strangle the life out of him with my bare hands.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  13. Richie

    Ok Batman...who passed along the questionable website to him that was later found to be illegal as he got his deployment orders?

    Forcing someone to deploy who has established contact with our Yemen Jihad DJ is a great way to make an association matrix but when that fails animal whoop, just start pounding him with stellar wind until he breaks cause the lose of life you engineered, once again, pales in comparison with our greater good of totalitarian control over what I have to be scared of as I become one of your warriors for life cause that is what I was created for war criminal, coward, traitor.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  14. Iraq Vet

    Will someone use this guy for target practice already.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  15. Evan

    I'm just intested to know how he is getting charged with child pronography?? Incompleat reporting,how did it go from discharge to AWOL to child pronography? The store jumps to much. OOh by the way, If he was apart of Islam when he sined up for the armed forces, He didn't know that he was going to be deployed to a Iraq or Afganstan??? he should not have singed up!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
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