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Were five Virginia men traveling to Pakistan to take part in jihad?

Five men from Northern Virginia who were arrested Tuesday in Pakistan traveled abroad hoping to work with jihadist groups and battle U.S. troops in Afghanistan, Pakistani officials said Thursday.
The men contacted extremist organizations, including two with links to al-Qaeda, and proudly told their Pakistani interrogators, “We are here for jihad,” said Usman Anwar, the local Pakistani police chief whose officers interrogated the men, all Muslims from the Alexandria area.
Anwar said police recovered jihadist literature, laptop computers and maps of parts of Pakistan when the men were arrested near Lahore. The maps included areas where the Taliban train. The men first made contact with the two extremist organizations by e-mail in August, officials said, but the groups apparently rejected their overtures because they couldn’t find people to vouch for them. …

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Asked by grlygrlz2 at 1:45 PM on Dec. 11, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • According to Pakistani officials. The five Americans came to receive training for jihad and to fight US forces in the region. If proven, the five could potentially face charges of treason, but US officials remain cautious in accepting the conclusion of Pakistani security forces.

    Your thoughts?


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 1:47 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • I wish it was possible to find all the people who want to kill their fellow Americans and get rid of them.

    Answer by armywife2009101 at 1:51 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • I think this is obviously part of a growing problem. The Dept. of Homeland Sec. needs to take a much closer look at Islamic activities here in the US.

    If they are guilty, they should be executed.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 1:59 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • I wouldn't be surprised if there were more.

    Answer by 29again at 2:07 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Sounds like it, I believe teh FBI is interviewing them now

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 2:46 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Dept. of homeland security don't know their ass from their face...make you feel safe??

    A New Jersey fugitive wanted on insurance fraud charges since 2007 was working for the immigration division of the Department of Homeland Security in Georgia, despite a nationwide alert for her arrest, Essex County prosecutors said yesterday.

    The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office in Atlanta was unaware that Tahaya Buchanan, 39, formerly of Newark, was being sought on a 2007 indictment on charges she staged the theft of her Range Rover in Newark for an insurance payout, said Paul Loriquet of the Essex County Prosecutor's Office.

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 4:55 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • Dept. of homeland security don't know their ass from their face...make you feel safe??

     I AGREE!!! I think creating the DHS will go in the record books as one of Bush's biggest domestic errors. Creating MORE government agencies never solves anything...


    Answer by grlygrlz2 at 5:22 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

  • i don't quite understand where people get this idea that they are doing the right thing. I was so sad to hear just makes things so much harder for those of us that live here and take no part in any of this madness. How ironic that they do things that are clearly against islam yet they say it's in the name of islam. it is not permissible to hurt people indiscriminately, it is not permissible to leave your place of living and go to another land to fight. it's so much wrong with the way these people think .so sad that the rest of us have to sit back and watch it and then take blame for it.

    Answer by Aasiyah at 7:00 PM on Dec. 11, 2009

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