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Texan Charged as Jihadist February 15, 2007

Posted by publicpolitics in Terrorism, Uncategorized.
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The Associated Press and several other news organizations are reporting that Daniel Joseph, Maldinado,a 28 year old American citizen and last resident in Houston, Texas, appeared Tuesday before Judge Calvin Botley in Houston on a charge of training with al-Qaida in Somalia. He was arrested last month in Kenya as he fled after the Ethiopians invaded Somalia, and was brought to the United States on Monday. The detention hearing will be held soon.

a former Houston man arrested in Kenya last month has been charged in Texas with teaming with al-Qaida to overthrow the Somali government and form an Islamic state there.

Source: guardian.co.uk

Maldonado, a Muslim convert, will be charged with collaborating with al-Qaida in Somalia and the Islamic Courts Union, an organization that occupied much of Somalia and controlled the capital, Mogadishu, before the Ethiopians invaded the country with U.S. assistance in December, 2006.Maldonado allegedly told FBI agents in Kenya the he ” would be fighting the Somali militia, and that turned into fighting the Ethiopians, and if the Americans came, I would fight them too..”

Ethiopia’s invasion was successful in dislodging the Islamic Courts Union, but a planned African peacekeeping force has caused controversy in the region. Uganda will likely send troops, but the move has caused parliamentary squabbles. South Africa refused the request.

The Ethiopians have said that they will withdraw quickly, and want to avoid a protracted occupation. Some of the leading Islamic Courts figures have fled to Yemen, where they have been offered the status of “guests “. Yemen denies offering political asylum.

Related: Ethiopia/Somalia Timeline

Tags: teaming | overthrow | Government | charged | arrested | al-Qaida | tuesday | Texas | somali | Politics | Maldonado | Kenya | ISLAMIC | Houston | daniel

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