Chicago Man Charged Of Terror Links With Al Qaida

August 5th, 2010 - 8:16 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

August 5, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): An US citizen has been charged on grounds related to weapons of mass destruction as well as providing sensitive materials to two well known terrorist groups, the Al Qaida and Al Shabaab.

The man known as Shaker Masri, 26 had been accused of violating the US law which treats using, conspiring to use or attempting to use the weapons of mass destruction outside the United States as a criminal offence.

Masri had attempted to violate the law over the week. He was arrested on Tuesday and charged on Wednesday. He is an American citizen residing in Chicago and works for a nonprofit organization which is engaged in the translation of Quran.

His extremist ideologies and violent interpretation of the holy Quran came to light when the Federal agencies tapped a confidential source. He is also believed to have said that he wants to join the Jihadi movement in Somalia or Afghanistan.

Al Shabaab has been termed as a terrorist organization in the US. It is an extremist group operating in Somalia. Masri had confided in a friend back in 2009 that he harbored violent views and the Federal agencies now suspect him of having made plans to travel to Somalia and join either Al Qaeda or Al Shabaab with the specific objective of carrying out a suicide attack on the infidels.

The recorded conversation reveals that he expressed an interest in wearing a suicide vest and vowed not to take it off. The conversations also revealed Masri watching videos of jihad and discussing how he could obtain airplanes and guns. He also told his confidante that he needed around $7,000-$10,000 for a new lap top, mobile phone and for his journey.

He had also contacted a British woman who he loved. He wanted to visit her before embarking on his journey for training. The woman, however, refused to entertain him.

He, as well as the informer bought a one way ticket on the 29th of July and would have flown to Los Angeles, California with a stopover at Mexico enroute to Somalia. He was arrested on Tuesday night and charged by a judge on Wednesday. The court documents show that he was born in Alabama and spent a number of years outside the country returning to the United States only when he was 18.

He is currently being held without bond. If convicted, Masri is likely to face a 15 year sentence for each count.

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