Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Four Southern California men aimed to join 'violent jihad' to kill Americans overseas, enlist in Al Qaeda, Taliban in Afghanistan

The defendants were arrested for plotting to bomb government facilities and public places after authorities uncovered their plans to engage in 'violent jihad,' FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

Four men with links to Southern California have been charged with plotting to join Al Qaeda and the Taliban to attend terrorist training and engage in “violent jihad” against Americans, the FBI said Monday night.

The group's alleged ringleader, Sohiel Omar Kabir, 34, allegedly influenced co-defendants Miguel Santana and Ralph Deleon to convert to “radical and violent Islamic doctrine” in 2010, prosecutors said.

Kabir, a former resident of Pomona, Calif., and naturalized U.S. citizen who was born in Afghanistan, recently traveled to Kabul to arrange the group’s terrorist training, according to a complaint unsealed Monday in federal court in Riverside.

Santana, 21, lives in Upland, Calif., and is a permanent resident who was born in Mexico and has an application for citizenship pending in the U.S.

Deleon, 23, is a permanent resident living in Ontario, Calif., who was born in the Philippines.

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