“On June 6, Mohamed Hamoud Alessa, 20, and Carlos Eduardo Almonte, 26, were intercepted law enforcement at John F. Kennedy International Airport in the Queens borough of New York City before they could board their flights to Egypt. Once in Cairo they intended to travel to war-torn Somalia and join the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
Police sources said the men planned to wage jihad as part of the Somalia-based Islamist terror group with several thousand fighters spread through Somalia’s southern region. Al-Shabaab, whose full Arabic name means “Mujahideen Youth Movement,” has strong ties to al-Qaeda, according to national security experts.
In a statement that came as no surprise to U.S. security and law enforcement experts in January 2010, the Somali-based Muslim terrorist group al-Shabaab announced that its fighters are aligned with al-Qaeda’s global terrorism campaign. The deadly group said in the statement, broadcast by Al-Jazeera television, that the “jihad of Horn of Africa must be combined with the international jihad led by the al-Qaeda network”.”
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