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. Richard Werner

    I don't believe any Religion is totally peaceful. Individuals who claimed to be Christians have killed many many Muslims over the centuries and some Muslim sects are just nuts. God is a concept that controls men's minds.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • jack johnson

      I totataly agree. Just look at Westburogh Church (preaching hate instead of love for their fellow man),and Pastor Terry Jones (burning a koran thus causing the deaths of his fellow men) The catholic releligion protecting chuid molesters (at the same time preaching against gays) go figuer this.

      July 28, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • JohnnyO

      You might do some homework on Buddhism and then re-think your ignorant supposition Richard...

      July 28, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Scott Pilgrim beat The World

      Any group ever has bad seeds Richard. Not just limited to religions.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Phaethor

    OK, So a US Muslim who just a year ago was touting the virtues of Islam is recently accused of ch!ld p0rn, then goes on a spree buying blatantly questionable b0mb making material (even to the point of asking odd questions from a gun shop owner). With Ramadan beginning in just a few days, something just doesn't add up. It looks like something just TOO coincidental. Ok, "Maybe" he did a complete 180 degree turn around and went from being a devout Muslim to being an extremist patsy. But, people need to learn to separate a persons action from a religion. Whether is be violent crimes, embezzling from parishioners, s3xual misconduct, everyone touts the virtues of people that represent a religion until that person does something that doesn't represent that religion. Keep that in mind.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • roer200

      The problem is that it doesn't seem too difficult to for a muslim to turn into a fanatic. It has more to do with the violent history and makeup of the religion. This is coming from someone who doesn't believe in anything.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • dean

      This is just the beginning of muslim americans turning against America. Their only loyalty is to islam.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cindy

    CNN should be ashamed that on air they failed to mention anything about him being AWOL or that he was a conscientious objector due to his Islamic faith or that he fled on July 4th the night before he was to be deployed to Afghanistan – here is a quote from him about his reason for asking for his CO status – "Islam is a peaceful religion, it's not a religion of warfare," Abdo said. "And it's not a religion of terror. As a Muslim, we stand against injustice, we stand against discrimination, and I feel it's my duty as an individual to do this." So what do you suppose all that bomb making material was for????

    July 28, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj

      I agree completely, Cindy. Why do we keep coddling those who show obvious hatred towards America? Had the gun shop not notified authorities, this could have been horrific. It is hard enough to send our men and women into war without having to worry that the person next to them has a loaded gun and they are the target. Profiling is imperative. Our Military needs to use it.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. saywhat

    Child prnography & his intent to be true to Islam??
    Doesn't click.

    He is just an ordinary pervert who refused to fight for his country, went AWOL , because he is a coward not because of Islam or whatever.

    July 28, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Tamere

      A muslim is a pervert by nature, if he would have been killed he would go to heaven as a martyr with a choice of 70 blond virgins or 70 children, the ultimate heavenly reward.....

      July 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mustafa

    Quite simply the time to be politically correct is over, Muzlims should not serve due to the extreme beliefs of their religion, Unless Europe or Israel are to be attacked

    July 28, 2011 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tom Weidermeijer

      The Army could have depoloyed him to the South Korean DMZ or some place like that instead.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mustafa

      Deploy him? so the day his religion goes to his head he can shoot a few of our boys in the name of Izlam !!!!

      July 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. roer200

    Wow CNN. I thought that every single terrorist was a white christian now?

    July 28, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Zero1020

    Go figure it's a muslim. Scourge of the earth.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  8. middleman

    CNN mentions he is a muslim in 2010 story but wont mention it now. Meanwhille the terrorist in Norway was listed as a Christian a million times. I am sure Fareek Zakari is happy

    July 28, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. crushliberalism

    CNN gave this guy the full Lewinsky treatment last year. Now we find out he's a pedophile AND Islamofascist. Bang up job on the research there, CNN.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Austyn

    OK, how old is this guy? He doesn't look very old, so he had to know when he joined that he was probably going to be deployed. Why join in the first place, then?

    July 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  11. cnn is not middle of road

    Ft. Hood was a terrorist attack by a man who killed in the name of Allah. So yes, there has been a terrorist attack under Obama's watch. CNN is really MNN Minority News Network

    July 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. a2rjr

    Profiling would stop most of this crap.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jeremy

    Yes America does have Freedom of Choice. That's why when you made the CHOICE to join the Army you signed that paperwork and said you would fight. You chose a contract and then when they tried to make you actually do something you whined and cried and said you were a conscentious objector.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Crusader

    Why did he join themilitary? Who else are we going to be fighting for the next 100 years??? we are at war w/ radical islam and moderate islam is complacent, so it looks like we need to keep the tanks topped off on the drones.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Julie

    I agree. You cannot convince me ever Islam is peaceful. How much longer we will tolerate this

    July 28, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nick Tamere

      The vast majority of legal immigrant the last 5 years in the US are Muslim. In Europe the represent 30-35% of the population and 57% of the children 10 and under are Muslim. Let's hope they will tolerate you when they become the majority

      July 28, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • crusader

      we haven't played "cowboys and muslims" yet. Bring it on.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
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