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. nonPCrealist

    Muslim, bomb making material, child pr0n.. yup so far everything is tracking as expected..

    July 28, 2011 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • mc

      We know that there are terrorist in every religions – Oslo bomber, 911, Oklohoma bombing. It is better to keep the religion out of this terrorism and focus on the person related to the charges.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • ned

      Just like McVeigh?

      July 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Reportthefacts

    Quote from ABC last year, which did a story praising him.

    Now, he said, he wants out of the Army so he can spend his life combating what he called Islamaphobia and advocating Islam as a peaceful religion.

    "I want to use my experience to show Muslims how we can lead our lives," he said. "And to try and put a good positive spin out there that Islam is a good, peaceful religion. We're not all terrorists, you know?"

    July 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • katVonD

      Yep, we are not all terrorists, some are suicide bombers and some are bomb engineers.

      July 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  3. Matt

    18 pounds of sugar?

    July 28, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
    • 2B expected

      sugar is flammable if dispursed in the air

      July 28, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
    • cheeseroll

      Sugar, mixed with a nitrate, can be used as propellant. Hamas uses sugar as one of the materials to manufacture fuel for the thousands of Qassam rockets fired into Israeli territory.

      Or, if this Nidal Malik Hassan-wannabe is not interested in making weaponized rockets, sugar alcohol can be refined into some interesting explosive compounds like nitroglycerin.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Buddy R

    I'm shocked. More terrorists from the religion of peace. And seeking to attack from within the armed forces.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      your religion is full of closet-h0mos and "peace-loving" terrorists too

      July 28, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. twistedupfosho

    ah oh, man-love-thursday, i am so out of here!!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Dave

    Modern gun powder does not make a very good bomb. Now if he had old fashioned black powder, that would be a different story. So I am not seeing the "bomb making" material in this story.

    July 28, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
    • nonPCrealist

      a 'not very good' bomb is still a bomb, especially if the intent is there to blow other people up..

      July 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • God

      @nonPCrealist like as in what happened in Norway?

      July 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. matt

    last time i checked ducking out of service was called treason, punsishable by death........Why did you join the military in the first place and why are we allowing muslims in the military!!

    July 28, 2011 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
    • 2B expected

      i believe in punishing people for treason as well..death included..but can you imagine the political fallout from that...officers in the military have become more political than washington... they will never do it again unless someone is killed directly from the persons actions who committed treason

      July 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • DRTSAT

      Actually, it desertion and yes, in time of war, punishable by death. That being said, I've worked with three Muslims, after 9/11, 1 officer and 2 enlisted, and never had a problem with them. The officer turned out to be outstanding and the two enlisted personnel were good troops. What I don't get is how some of the Muslims are so weak minded that they let themselves be sold on Radical Islam. The guy here, Nadal Hassan etc....... They were raised here. They know about freedom of religion and the opportuniy that's offered yet they reject it in favor of listening to some idiot radical that wouldn't strap a bomb to himself to kill people because he, himself, is a coward.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:17 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SofGangsta

    That's one confused punk

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

      hang'em and end the confusion

      July 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. DRTSAT

    Idiot. YOur religion does not preclude you from deploying and performing your duty. You were a coward and hid behind your religion (one which you are free to practice and encouraged to do so in the military) under the pretext of not wanting to go and kill your fellow Muslims. The so called "Muslims" you may or may not have killed are guilty of murdering innocent people here in the United States as well as killing their fellow Muslims. You won't deploy to kill them in the name of freedom and support for the innocent Muslims who are murdered but you'll try and kill your fellow Muslims and other American soldiers in the name of Islam? You're just another of the pathetic Radical Islamic morons who are trying to justify their existence. You radicals are pigs! Every one of you.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2B expected

      if he did deploy i can guarantee he would not have been doing a combat job anyway so i agree that he was hiding behind his religon

      July 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. God

    Hoooooraaaay to Right wing Christians... the taste of their own terrorists is out of the public mouth and in with the new.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. idb

    See here the successes of "Affirmative action" and "Political correctness" in full action. And the Army wants to attract illegal aliens as well? Next we will need an Army to protect the Army.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Al

      Thats exactly why no one reported the crazy major that shot all those people at Ft Hood before, they were too afraid they'd be reprimanded for being prejudice because the guy happened to be muslim. PC has no place in the military, were supposed to be soldiers, not male soldiers, female soldiers, gay soldiers or whatever else soldiers, just soldiers, I used to be proud to be in the Army, all the other services are right when they call us the rag tag take anyone army, running around in our battle jammies.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cynthia

      You and AL are both beyond goofy. Do you even care that there are huge memberships of white supremicists and facists in the US Army? The membership 'rolls' are full of white, legal, good Christrian Americans, ala McVey. After OKC did you start hating them? Army also full of patriotic American Muslims. Look in the mirror for another huge problem with today's Army, too many bigoted, ignorant little boys. sheesh, people

      July 28, 2011 at 12:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Canadian Genius

    I had no idea Fort Hood was near Killeen. There have been a few tragic incidents near there over the years.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Al

    Took the training, could've used all the Ed and job preference benefits, got paid and THEN decided he was a conscientious objector? Too many people are taking advantage of the uniform mill the Army has become, standards are at all time lows and the Army cowers anytime someone is offended. What happened to the old military? We have to go to Don't Ask Don't Tell training tomorrow to hear the new rules and conduct expectations so no one gets offended, just brutal, only 4 more years and I'm out, or I could claim conscientous objector it seems.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Barry

    Well done FBI, Texas Police and others who were involved in this investigation and arrest.

    Keep up the good work!

    July 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  15. twistedupfosho

    and about profiling, we, the member's of this religion are OFFENDED! Point being that just' cause it looks like a duck, quack's like ah dadgum duck and walk's like a duck DON'T mean it's ah duck. Could be a geese, or goose or ufo.....

    July 28, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
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