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Jihadist social media postings helped lead to the arrest and charging of four Los Angeles area men, who were allegedly on their way to Afghanistan to train with the Taliban and join al Qaeda, federal officials said.
They were also plotting to kill American soldiers and bomb government installations, according to a joint statement Monday by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney in Los Angeles.
One of the men, a U.S. citizen born in Afghanistan, encouraged two of the others to embrace violent Islamic doctrine by introducing them online to radical teachings, including those of deceased U.S.-born al-Qaeda imam Anwar al-Awlaki.
He allegedly engaged in chat conversations with an FBI "online covert employee" and confirmed his desire to join al Qaeda.
An unnamed "confidential source" working for the FBI won the trust of Santana and Deleon, according to the complaint, spent time with them and recorded many of their conversations.
Originally posted by 12m8keall2c
seeing your follow up reply, JacK, I'd agree with you entirely. there should have been, at some point, an opportunity or at least, attempt to deter their course, so to speak.edit on 11/20/2012 by 12m8keall2c because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by sepermeru
... but I always imagine the conversations are a little more emotionally loaded than is reported, more like "So you're sure you want to do this, right? You're not backing out on us?"