Thursday, March 11, 2010

S. Jersey Man Sharif Mobley Arrested In Al-Qaeda Sweep In Yemen He Links to Omar Hammami And The Al-Shabaab Terror Group In Somalia, So Does Jihad Jane.

A U.S. citizen who was under FBI investigation in Delaware was arrested last week with suspected al-Qaeda members in Yemen, then killed a guard while trying to escape, a Yemeni government official said yesterday.

Sharif Mobley was born and raised in Buena Borough, N.J., a tiny western Atlantic County farming community, and later lived in Philadelphia and Newark, Del. Yemeni authorities said he could face murder charges.  "He has blood on his hands," said Mohammed Albasha, a spokesman for the Yemeni embassy in Washington.

Albasha said Mobley was arrested last week during a sweep of al-Qaeda operatives with close ties to an Alabama-born extremist based in Somalia, Abu Mansour aka Omar Hammami, known as "The American" and the group al-Shabaab or "The Youth."

The FBI has been tracking young Somali-American men who have allegedly joined al-Shabaab in Somalia; at least 14 from the Minneapolis area have been indicted on terrorism charges.

On or about September 25, 2009, CC #1 sent an electronic communication to defendant COLLEEN R. LAROSE, a/k/a “Fatima LaRose,” a/k/a “Jihad Jane” saying “the brothers are ready” and asking LAROSE to send money to Somalia (Al-Shabaab).

Breaking News »  PI: U.S. company hosted web site used by group tied to suspected terrorist from Daphne. By Brian Lyman  September 10, 2009, 10:23AM.  A Web site used by a Somali jihadist group that has been tied to a suspected terrorist from Daphne was hosted by an Internet company based in the United States, according to a private investigator.

Cyber Vigilantes Stalk Terrorists on the Internet ,Bill Warner, an investigator from Sarasota, Fla., who tried to shut down a number of Web sites linked to extremist groups, said he first targeted an al-Shabaab Web site in May 2008 after the U.S. government labeled it a terrorist organization.

Dotster Inc. of Vancouver, Wash., took the Web site down in January, Warner said, after an order from the federal government. Warner said he has run a detective agency for 15 years and has been trying to shut down terrorist Web sites -- on his own time without pay -- since 2003.

When watching an April 2007 al-Shabaab Web posting, he said, he was particularly intrigued by one of the men on the Web site, a fair-skinned man, who stood apart from the Somali fighters.

That man went by the name Abu Mansour al-Amriki. Fox News reported last week that his true identity is Omar Hammami and that he faces a secret indictment in Mobile's federal court on a charge of providing material support to terrorists. Hammami, 25, attended Daphne High School and the University of South Alabama where he majored in computer science.

Warner said news reports of Hammami's past as a computer science student confirmed his suspicions that al-Amriki had provided technical assistance to al-Shabaab. "At that time, I suspected he was involved with setting up the Web site," he said. "It appears Omar, with his background, is the perfect guy to set this up for them."

Sharif Mobley's ethnic background could not be confirmed yesterday (he is Somalian), but FBI spokesman Rich Wolf said that Mobley was under investigation in the United States. Law enforcement sources said the investiation was terror-related and centered on Mobley's activities while he lived in Newark, Del. A Justice Department spokesman, Dean Boyd, declined to comment.

The primary source of information about Mobley yesterday was supplied by Alabasha, the Yemeni government spokesman in Washington. According to Albasha, Mobley was hospitalized after a government sweep of al-Qaeda suspects in the capital city of San'a. Albasha said he didn't know the nature of Mobley's treatment at Republican Hospital there.

At the hospital, the government spokesman said, Mobley grabbed a guard's weapon and fired.  "He attempted to escape the hospital grounds and killed a security agent and severely injured another one," Albasha said. "Moments later, agents rushed to the scene and he was apprehended."

This is not the first time this relatively quiet corner of Atlantic County has been linked to terrorism.  In 2007, Agron Abdullahu, of neighboring Buena Vista Township, was arrested with five other men in a plot to attack Fort Dix military base in Burlington County. Abudullahu, who had worked as a baker in a Williamstown supermarket, pleaded guilty to providing weapons to illegal immigrants and was sentenced to 20 months in prison in 2008.

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