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US jails Sweden-based al-Shabaab fighter

The Local · 28 Mar 2013, 07:33

Published: 28 Mar 2013 07:33 GMT+01:00

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The man, originally from Eritrea, left his home in Sweden to join the Somali militants in their war against the chaotic country's government.

He was arrested while in Nigeria in 2009 and, after being sent to the United States, pleaded guilty in June 2012 to conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and to receive military training from the US-banned group.

In Manhattan federal court, the 38-year-old was sentenced to 111 months behind bars.

"(He) traveled thousands of miles to align himself with al-Shabaab, to aid their campaign of terror and to learn their 'ways of war,'" Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara said.

"Today, his journey ends in prison and marks the latest victory in our constant effort to protect Americans from terrorism at home and abroad."

Swedish Radio, meanwhile, reported that the man's lawyer said the defendant had been pressured to admit to the allegations.

Prosecutors described al-Shabaab(literally "the young" in Arabic) as attempting to "destabilize the government of Somalia and to force the withdrawal of foreign troops from the country."

"The group has recruited foreign fighters to join in its 'holy war' in Somalia, resulting in men from other countries, including the United States, traveling there to engage in violent jihad," they added.

"Al-Shabaab has also made numerous public statements demonstrating its intent to harm the United States."

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08:35 March 28, 2013 by RobinHood
That's two Swedish nationals sentenced for terrorist offences this month. There are dozens of others, already convicted, or awaiting trial. Sweden seems to be exporting more terrorists than all the countries in the Middle East and Asia combined. In terms of numbers alone, a worthy member of the Axis of Evil.

Clearly Sweden cannot cope with its multiple terrorist citizens, and the rest of the world is paying the price for this failure.

Soon, Swedish citizens will be placed into "special measures". Other countries will demand pre-approved visas, and those carrying Swedish passports will be routinely searched and interviewed at airports.
09:42 March 28, 2013 by rise

It's all according to the wishes of the politicians. Why, they aren't simply incredibly naive and soft-hearted, are they?
13:50 March 28, 2013 by bcterry
The Americans know how to deal with these inhumane pigs who think nothing of deliberately targeting and slaughtering innocent women and CHILDREN!

With any luck he'll receive a little prison justice.
14:39 March 28, 2013 by J Jack
How embarrassing for the Swedish law system, that the US has to pick up their trash. The monster should have been jailed in Sweden already.
17:57 March 28, 2013 by slikrikwallthatdik
that is good for them to be sent to a american jail where they can learn a lesson. sweden is soft and lets these people never learn consequences for there actions. in america they will learn consequences. they will be sodomized in prisin and they will learn. they will be turned into homosexuals so they will be less able to kill. maybe they will dicover the theater or whatever those people like. thats our system. in america we learn from childhood that if you act up you will be beat down. thats why were great. our parents smack us and we learn. i will smack my kids too if they act a fool and they wont be terrorists. i promise you that. they will know respect and be better men for it.
22:53 March 28, 2013 by johan rebel
The perp is called Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed alias Talha
04:58 March 30, 2013 by juicyjuice
#5 makes a intersting point.

I had never heard before that man on man sex (often forced) was a deliberate attempt by US prison officials to turn the prisoners into homosexuals in order to reduce future crime. But it makes sense.

If men who are prone to murder and crime and terrorism can be turned onto ballet, interior design and hairdressing it is a good thing. For example, turning rapists into homosexuals seems like a great way to keep them from raping more women in the future.

My uncle Travis was a criminal who went to jail for 10 years for shooting up a post office. Apparently he was very "popular" in prison and now he works in a flower shop and he is a very changed man.
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