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Alleged Alabama Terrorists Arrested, Masri Sentenced

In early December 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrests of Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, as well as the sentencing of Shaker Masri, 29. All three men are United States citizens.

In the Southern District of Alabama, Abukhdair and Wilson were arrested for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists, and knowing or intending that the support be used in preparation for, or in carrying out a conspiracy to kill persons or damage property outside the United States, according to the press release. The complaint also charges Abukhdair with passport fraud. These charges were brought in connection with an investigation into the defendants’ alleged conspiracy to fly to Mauritania to wage jihad.

Similarly, the DOJ announced that Judge Sharon Johnson Coleman of the Northern District of Illinois sentenced Masri to 118 months in federal prison for conspiring to travel to Somalia in 2010 in order to wage jihad in support of al-Shabaab, a designated foreign terrorist organization (FTO).  The sentence, the press release states, was imposed pursuant to a plea agreement.

Gary S. Shapiro, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, commented on Masri’s sentencing as follows:

“Shaker Masri wanted to take the lives of human beings—including his own—to wreak havoc and advance a terrorist agenda.”


For the press release on the case of Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, click here.

For the complaint in the case of Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukdair and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, click here.

For the press release on the case of Shaker Masri, click here.

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