Global jihad: Not just anyone can get in.
AP is reporting:
Five young American Muslims arrested in Pakistan met with representatives of an al-Qaida linked group and asked for training but were turned down because they lacked references from trusted militants, a Pakistani law enforcement official said Thursday.
"References" -- as in "excels at jihad," or, "can turn any household item into a bomb"?
... Usman Anwar, the local police chief in the eastern city of Sargodha, told The Associated Press that the five are "directly connected" to the al-Qaida terrorist network.
"They are proudly saying they are here for jihad" or holy war, Anwar said.
Oh, those wacky young American Muslims.
A key break in the case came not from federal agents or spies, but parents worried their sons may have made a terrible decision.
The families, based in the northern Virginia and Washington, D.C., area, were particularly concerned after watching what is described as a disturbing farewell video from the young men, showing scenes of war and casualties and saying Muslims must be defended.
"One person appeared in that video and they made references to the ongoing conflict in the world and that young Muslims have to do something," said Nihad Awad, of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, or CAIR. The video has not been made public.
How come CAIR, an unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism financing trial in US history & a known Muslim Brotherhood entity (among other things), still gets to play respectable media spokesmodel, in this case for wayward boy-jihadis? And how did Awad come to see the lads' non-public farewell (see you in porno-paradise) video anyway?
After the disappearance of the five men in late November, their families, members of the local Muslim community, sought help from CAIR,
What is this -- it takes one to know one?
which put them in touch with the FBI and got them a lawyer.
Not necessarily in that order.
"He's a very nice guy, very cordial, very friendly," somebody or other said of one of the arrested men.
"He's a good guy," the brother said, identifying himself only by a nickname, "Zam." "He's a normal Joe."