FoxNews--Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans and destroy U.S. targets overseas by joining Al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.
The defendants, including a man who served in the U.S. Air Force, were arrested for plotting to bomb military bases and government facilities, and for planning to engage in "violent jihad," FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a release.
A federal complaint unsealed Monday says 34-year-old Sohiel Omar Kabir of Pomona introduced two of the other men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased Al Qaeda leader. Kabir served in the Air Force from 2000 to 2001.
The other two -- 23-year-old Ralph Deleon of Ontario and 21-year-old Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales of Upland -- converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content to Facebook and expressing extremist views in comments.
They later recruited 21-year-old Arifeen David Gojali of Riverside.
Authorities allege that in Skype calls from Afghanistan, Kabir told the trio he would arrange their meetings with terrorists. Kabir added the would-be jihadists could sleep in mosques or the homes of fellow jihadists once they arrived in Afghanistan.
The trio made plans to depart in mid-November to carry out plots in Afghanistan, primarily, and Yemen, after they sold off belongings to scrape together enough cash to buy plane tickets and made passport arrangements. (Continue Reading.)
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I say give a mere 50-70 years imprisonment! That should be enough for them to realize the errors of their "god".
Hey David, and others. HERE IS A VID ON THIS JUST OUT. thnx - Damon
Islam is the only religion where a once peaceful person when he or she converts to Islam will suddenly become a murdering terrorist. There is no other religion where a new convert will want to start killing people...only the cult of Islam has that distinction.
I know this is old but I remember arifeen since middle school.
I would never think he would get involved in such a thing.
I spoke with some muslims in the local mosque where he went.
Some tell me he was framed however; I have my doubts he was.
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