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Pakistanis Say Arrested Virginia Men Were Going to Fight in Afghanistan

More details are emerging about those five young Virginia men arrested in Pakistan. According to Pakistani authorities, they may have been arrested at a

Rian Mcconnell
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Dec 11, 2009

More details are emerging about those five young Virginia men arrested in Pakistan. According to Pakistani authorities, they may have been arrested at a safehouse for an anti-Indian terrorist group. But that was a way station to fighting their countrymen in Afghanistan, The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal report. The Journal:

In the latest case, information from laptop computers and other material suggest the five men reached out to al Qaeda, the militant network operating from the tribal region bordering Afghanistan, said a Pakistani intelligence official. The men came in contact with al Qaeda through its local operatives, he said.

Police found jihadist literature at the house where the men were arrested, as well as maps of cities and installations — suggesting they could have been planning attacks in Pakistan, said Usman Anwar, police chief of Sargodha.

The Post:

U.S. officials said they are exploring possible criminal charges in a case that has morphed from a missing-person investigation prompted by concerned family members in the Alexandria area, who contacted the FBI.

“To prove something in a U.S. court requires meticulous effort, so we want to be cautious and careful not to characterize anyone as a terrorist unless and until we are certain that charges can be filed,” said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is continuing.

I’ll have more soon on the question of growing domestic radicalization.

Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.


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