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. crusader

    Obama is doing a much better job than Bush when it comes to the war on terror.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • wordsandthoughtspjs

      agreed, he OBL didn't he?

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

      Yeah right...I don't recall another attack on US soil after Bush's 9/11...but I seem to remember 13 being murdered at Ft. Hood during Obama's watch, which is after the Al-qaeda war started.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crusader

      And how could that have been prevented??? The guy joined the military under Bush's watch, but still pretty unavoidable.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • honorede

      everybody knows Bush1 was behind 9/11

      July 28, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Roy

      Not true. Bush prevented numerous attacks. Obama has done okay as well.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • KennyG

      Doc, you are so right. Still remember spending eight hour in the Ft Hood commissary during the massacre. During the Bush years, things were okay here.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    Lol, before the Norwegian incident is even done with the news a muslim tries another attack.
    Too bad for CNN, and the rest of the left wing media. Ouch!

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

      What? The Norwegian is a rightest Christian. Same as you. Not that you can even read.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Klaark

      The Norwegian was a right wing (Read George Bush Texan Republican) Muslim hating conservative. Just like you, only apparently slightly less stupid.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dinak

    Unbelievable. CNN once again leaves out the fact that this man is Muslim and supports jihadist activities, but the Norway murderer is immediately incorrectly described as a right-wing Christian. CNN waited a year to include the fact that the original Fort Hood Shooter was a Muslim, and still did not disclose his anti-Judeo-Christian beliefs. CNN is not a news organization – it is a far-left media outlet that writes only what it wants its readers and viewers to know instead of truthfully giving us the full, unedited news.

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

      Then how come CNN refers to him as a Muslim soldier????

      July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crusader

      The newscaters in LA can't even refer to "south central" when reporting a crime....they now have to say South Los Angeles.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crusader

      To Kay....i don't see what you see.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • ned

      "He said he had to remain true to Islam." – Comes directly from the article above, the one you are pretending to read. Really doesn't advance your tinfoil hat liberal conspiracy theory when you don't even read the article.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Name*Michael

      You all need to go back and read the original full story before you start bashing CNN News, because the first sentence in that story explicitly says he's a Muslim.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • cherrytreecig

      I love how the right wing nutjobs are now "victims" everywhere they turn. CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES: NOT BEING ALLOWED TO DOMINATE OTHERS DOES NOT MEAN YOU'RE BEING OPPRESSED.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Doc

    Just gotta love them rascally muslims...the enemy within.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. BigguyinTx

    Another one of these muslim hypocrites...joined the Army, can't serve. Says Islam is peace, found with explosices...is a perverted pedophile to boot. What a piece of cr@p!!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  6. USArmyOverLord

    Shoot this tratior in the face and be done with it.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crusader

      Let him loose at the moving target range. That would be good real world training.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • honorede

      I hope you are not in the army.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jaintn

    He's a coward, a traitor, and planned to kill American troops outside a military installation here in the states. Two words: firing squad.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Bob

    I just don't understand why he joined the military in the first place if he was going to discharge as a conscientious objector. Did he not know we were fighting wars over in the Middle East before he joined?

    July 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • sick of islame

      he knew he just wanted to learn tatics so he could tell his muslim buddies how we do things he's a traitor!

      July 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Sandy

    This creep has a lot of nerve invoking American citizenship. Ask him what the consequences are of mass or multiple murder. What does he think of that?

    July 28, 2011 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Che-3

    Why should US even bother to recruit these people? It's a waste of tax payers $$. They join to make a mockery of US military system. I bet deep down he won't have ANY problem joining or being recruited by Al-Qaeda. Waste of tax payer money. He should be asked to refund in FULL with interest.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Badeley-Bent

    Loser with a BIG L.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mark L.

    Dang, Army Pfc. Naser Jason Abdo looks like he can pass as a brother of Timothy McVeigh, the THANKFULLY EXECUTED terrorist who orchestrated the Oklahoma City bombing. This leads me to believe he must be aligned to the Tea Party movement as well. The Tea Party wants to turn the United States of America government so that going forward, we'll be known as the United States of Somalia instead. Tea Party = FASCIST Dictatorship !!!!

    July 28, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • honorede

      Ain't that the truth, but the extreme right can't see it, because they are too stupid. Too busy talking to their imaginary friend-god.

      July 28, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. sick of islame

    once you sign the papers you become goverment property if you don't want to fight the enemies of America then don't join! just proves you are un-American go back to your muslim countries. islam IS NOT a peaceful religion thier moto: join us or die.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • honorede

      where do you get your information?

      July 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. DaniBeth

    He looks like a convert. One thing for sure, anti-muslim sentiment in this country will lead to home grown muslim terrorists. When young American Muslims feel that they no longer belong in a country they call home, feel hated and not welcome.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Roy

    There were multiple terrorist attacks prevented under Bush. They have both done okay in preventing attacks for the most part post-911.

    July 28, 2011 at 1:47 pm | Report abuse |
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