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Terrorism suspect arrested at Augusta bus terminal

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 2:55 PM
Last updated 6:21 PM
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WASHINGTON — A Mobile, Ala., man was arrested on terrorism charges at an Augusta bus terminal Tuesday morning by the FBI, authorities said.



Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, was found at approximately 10:45 a.m. at the Greyhound bus terminal at 1128 Greene St., and was expected to fly to Morocco on Thursday, according to the FBI. Agent Jim Harrison declined to comment further on the investigation and arrest.

Another man Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, from Mobile, was found trying to board a plane to Morocco in Atlanta.

Both men are accused of wanting to “wage violent jihad overseas,” according to a sworn statement from the FBI.

Abukhdair and Wilson were the subjects of an investigation by the Joint Terrorism Task Force of the Mobile Division of the FBI, the statement said.

Abukhdair was among a group of people arrested in Egypt in 2010 on suspicion of being involved with a terror group there, according to the document, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile. He was held for two months in Egypt before being deported to the United States, the statement said. Abukhdair also is charged with passport fraud for allegedly lying to obtain a new passport since his old one contained immigration stamps from Egypt.

He is a native of Syracuse, N.Y., and had lived in South Carolina and Ohio before moving to south Alabama in October 2011, officials said.

A criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Mobile said that Wilson and Abukhdair met online in 2010. On Aug. 27, 2011, an FBI undercover employee met Wilson, and Wilson told the FBI employee that he and Abukhdair had formulated a plan to travel together overseas for the purpose of waging violent jihad, according to the complaint.

In preparation for their travel, Abukhdair applied for a new passport and falsely claimed that his previous passport had been misplaced, according to the complaint. Abukhdair was concerned that Egyptian stamps in his passport might raise suspicions and impede his travel plans, the complaint said.

Wilson is a close friend and former roommate of Alabama native Omar Hammami, who was recently added to the list of the FBI’s most-wanted terror suspects.

Court records did not show whether either man has an attorney.

Both men are charged with conspiring to provide material support to terrorists with plans to kill people outside the United States.

Hammami, the son of a Christian mother and an Islamic father, grew up near Mobile and attended college at the University of South Alabama. Officials believe Hammami is now a senior leader in the Somalia-based terror group al-Shabab, which has links to al-Qaida.

Hammami faces charges in Alabama of providing material support to terrorists.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 12/11/12 - 03:13 pm
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Geez

Right there in Augusta ....

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/11/12 - 03:43 pm
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The TEE Center
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was their target before going on to other Global Symbols of Oppression.

single parent
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single parent 12/11/12 - 04:01 pm
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Geez

So the guy was deported to the US after being held "2 Months" for being a terror suspect! This is just wrong on so many levels! Now he should be deported to a tiny island, better yet send him to a red color gang neighborhood all dressed in blue!
But oh wait, this is the land of the free, you can get away with a major crime and then complain about your rights or do little or no time for the crime. Blow up people or murder folks you get light time; rob a bank you get 25 to life?

bubbajackson
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bubbajackson 12/11/12 - 04:31 pm
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they are not terrorists.
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they are not terrorists. they are peaceful mooslims that want to share the joy of peace around morocco and the rest of the world. blessings to all non infidels for a respectful ramadan. azziz akkbar. azziz akkbar. AZZIZ IS GREAT, AZZIZ IS GREAT. THERE IS ONLY ONE AZZIZ. GO COCKS !!!!!! ----thats the new mascot for GRU. compliments of the urology dept.

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bubbajackson 12/11/12 - 04:31 pm
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they are not terrorists.
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they are not terrorists. they are peaceful mooslims that want to share the joy of peace around morocco and the rest of the world. blessings to all non infidels for a respectful ramadan. azziz akkbar. azziz akkbar. AZZIZ IS GREAT, AZZIZ IS GREAT. THERE IS ONLY ONE AZZIZ. GO COCKS !!!!!! ----thats the new mascot for GRU. compliments of the urology dept.

kiwiinamerica
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kiwiinamerica 12/11/12 - 04:41 pm
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The "religion of peace", in
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The "religion of peace", in the immortal words of George Dubya.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/11/12 - 05:38 pm
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Silent Information Warriors

Likely our Silent Information Warriors at FT. Gordon had great deal to do with this...

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Riverman1 12/11/12 - 05:48 pm
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I just hope the TV news

I just hope the TV news didn't interview those riding on the bus with him. Heh.

jbartley
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jbartley 12/11/12 - 05:57 pm
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Thanks

Thanks to out local FBI agents for getting him!!

Bizkit
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Bizkit 12/11/12 - 10:31 pm
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So it is illegal here for

So it is illegal here for them to go kill their enemies (like who are their enemies they wage jihad?) in another country? What about these paid mercernaries who go to other countries killin' people-are they breaking the law too? If they are bad guys then metaphorically behead them and put their heads on a stick for good measure, but sure sounds odd. Usually the terrorist are planning to kill americans and go somewhere to learn how-this is a horse of another color. Probably the paper has screwed up the info.

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luvmykitty 12/11/12 - 11:25 pm
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Our FBI rocks

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/12/12 - 12:37 am
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Mohammad

Do you ever notice that Islamists call for death to people who defame the prophet yet 90 percent of of these nuts are named after the Prophet. In Christianity no one manes their child Jesus out of respect yet Islam is the opposite.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/12/12 - 07:06 am
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This getting too easy for the NEWS Media

Just leave 4x4 CI's open for a (insert month), 11th< 20___ Terrorist plot arrest.

It will be interesting to see IF he had any connections in Augusta?

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Yes we have a few Islamic mosques in the area.
99+% of the members are honest hard working and tolerate of other beliefs.

But like any sweet honey producing Bee Hive.
All it takes is a few of the wrong bees to invade the hive, to make it a Killer Bee Hive. The same goes for Christian Church's.

This is where you as members come in, and report the dangerous types to the head person for expulsion.

If the Preacher or Shaikh is the leader of a group with a goal of dangerous activities. Then contact the GBI or FBI.

F4therTime
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F4therTime 12/12/12 - 07:32 am
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I'm curious as to why...
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there wasn't someone that met him at the US airport and said nope buddy you ain't coming here. I suggest you hop another plane out of the country and most ricky tick or leave instructions on what to do with your remains...

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Humble Angela 12/12/12 - 08:55 am
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"In Christianity no one names
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"In Christianity no one names their child Jesus out of respect yet Islam is the opposite."

Except for Levon.

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Fiat_Lux 12/12/12 - 08:51 am
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This isn't the first time

that a jihadist with violent intent was picked up in Augusta. Many years ago, the fibbies picked up one in South Augusta.

And our local FBI really does rock, in a big way.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/12/12 - 09:14 am
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Hey Angela

Who is Levon?

Humble Angela
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Humble Angela 12/12/12 - 09:20 am
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Elton John
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Elton John song......sorry....it was a joke.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/12/12 - 09:27 am
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Oh yea

Levon likes his money. Good song!

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/12/12 - 09:28 am
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Hispanic Catholics are not Christians?
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?Pardona me, Jesus?

hspencer3
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hspencer3 12/13/12 - 11:57 am
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No one named Jesus ? Huh.

So let me get this right, "In Christianity no one names their child Jesus out of respect yet Islam is the opposite" Well what about the absolute millions of Latino Christians with the name Jesus ?
Watch a baseball game sometime and count how many guys named Jesus are up at bat. Geez Louise, read a book.

shrimp for breakfast
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shrimp for breakfast 12/12/12 - 09:48 am
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Dagburnit Angela

Now I'm going to have that Elton John song stuck in my head all day!

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shrimp for breakfast 12/12/12 - 09:51 am
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Hey hspence

You're right. I remember Jesus Alou who used to play for the Atlanta Braves. I always knew him as Heyzus. I guess that's what threw me.

OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 12/12/12 - 10:05 am
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oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 10:09 am
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Have you READ the book? Do
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Have you READ the book?

Do you READ the newspaper?

The J in latin culture is not pronounced with the "Gee" sound etc. Because you read it as Jesus (as in God's son) doesnt make it so. Just sayin'.

hspencer3
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hspencer3 12/12/12 - 10:27 am
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"Hayzus"

I have read the book thank you and it was a Spanish book I've used to help learn the language and if you had thought outside of your
box you'd understand that the name Jesus (regardless of pronunciation),is just that.
I suppose that the name Maria has nothing to do with the "Blessed Virgin" ?
That fact that one thinks that it is not taken from their rich history with the Roman Catholic Church is just plain silly. I traveled to Mexico first at 7 yrs. old and have been to Spain and have taken Spanish.

So,tell what book taught you this inaccuracy ? Peace.

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oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 10:47 am
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To bad reading doesnt give
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To bad reading doesnt give you annunciation. FYI Obama means "little beach" in Hebrew. I would take out a vowel and add a different one along with changing one of the vowels to a consonant and it would become more meaningful in regarding to your line of thinking.

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oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 11:10 am
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a box
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I wish I lived in a box, i see those that do seem to be alot warmer and more content with their "one size fits all" thinking.

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Steve Crawford 12/12/12 - 11:51 am
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Jesus Alou

I may be wrong, I don't think Jesus Alou played for the Braves, but his brother Felipe did.
As for the name, although pronounced differently in Spanish, Jesus is a direct homage to Jesus Christ, or if you prefer Jesús Cristo.

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oneofthesane 12/12/12 - 12:00 pm
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Jesus is a direct homage to Jesus Christ
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yea but to say that even the majority of Latino's with the name of Jesus were named because of Jesus in regarding to God's son is slightly stretchy to me. I know many children named Matthew because their dad's name was matthew and their dad was matthew and so on. Not directly because it is in the bible. Most Latinos are Catholic and although considered a Christian faith, when it comes to Jesus, distinct and different beliefs when it comes to Him.

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