Tuesday, January 10, 2012

GI jihad

Craig Baxam decided to take the skills he learned in the Army, couple those with Islamic ideology and a desire to murder in the name of Muhammad, travel to Somalia and fight with Al-Shabaab.  Somebody should take Baxam aside and explain to him how he has misunderstood the peaceful and tolerant nature of Islam, and that he needs to live in peace with his non-Muslim neighbors.

Hooper?  Esposito?  Armstrong?  Aslan?  Anybody?

From the BBC January 9


Former US soldier Craig Baxam 'helped al-Shabab'

A former US Army soldier has been charged with trying to help Somalia's al-Shabab militant group.
Craig Baxam, 24, was arrested by Kenyan authorities in December as he tried to cross the border into Somalia.
An affidavit released by US prosecutorsalleges that he planned to offer several hundred dollars to the militant group, which has links to al-Qaeda, and to serve as a fighter.
He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors say.
Mr Baxam, who lives in a Maryland suburb outside Washington DC, flew to Nairobi on 20 December and attempted to travel to the Kenyan-Somali border by bus and taxi.
He was arrested by US officials when he arrived back in the country on 6 January.
The US has designated al-Shabab a terrorist group, and the group has sought to recruit Americans to fight in Somalia.
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Mr Baxam joined the army in 2007 and was trained in intelligence and cryptology.
He previously served in Iraq, returned home and then re-enlisted. He was deployed to South Korea for one year beginning in August 2010.
The affidavit alleges that he converted to Islam secretly after reading an Islamic website while serving in Korea.
Travelling to Somalia held appeal for Mr Baxam because he wanted to live in a country where he believed Sharia law held sway. He no longer believed he could live in the US, prosecutors say.
The only places that were acceptable, according to the affidavit, were Taliban-controlled areas of Afghanistan, part of Somalia controlled by al-Shabab, and in the southern Philippines.
Mr Baxam is quoted as saying he wanted to die "with a gun in my hand", and that he would be happy to die defending Islam.
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