Four California men arrested in plot to wage ‘violent jihad’ on America: FBI
LOS ANGELES — Four Southern California men have been charged with plotting to kill Americans overseas and in the United States by joining al-Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan, federal officials said Monday.
The defendants were arrested for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places after federal authorities uncovered their plans to engage in “violent jihad,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.
According to a federal complaint unsealed Monday during their initial appearances, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, introduced two other California men to the radical Islamist doctrine of Anwar al-Awlaki, a deceased al-Qaeda leader.
If I’m gonna do that, I’m gonna take out a whole base. Might as well make it, like, big, ya know
The two, Ralph Deleon, 23, and Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales, 21, converted to Islam in 2010 and began engaging with Kabir and others online in discussions about jihad, including posting radical content to Facebook and…
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