Craig Baxam Arrested for Allegedly Attempting to Provide Material Support to al-Shabab

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CBS News on January 9, 2012 released the following:

“FBI: Ex-soldier tried to aid terrorists

GREENBELT, Md. — A former soldier from Maryland has been charged with attempting to provide material support to a terrorist organization in Somalia.

Federal prosecutors in Maryland say 24-year-old Craig Baxam was arrested Friday.

He is charged with attempting to provide support to al-Shabab by trying to join its ranks.

Prosecutors said Baxam, who was born in Maryland, was in the army from 2007 to July 2011, and served in Baghdad and Korea after having received advanced cryptology and intelligence training.

Prosecutors said that Baxam had no religious affiliation until he converted to Islam several days before leaving the Army, in July 2011. The criminal complaint says that Baxam was surfing the Internet and came upon an Islamic website and read about the Day of Judgment, and searched for more information on Islam.

After leaving the service, he sought to migrate to an Islamic land where he could live under and defend sharia law. He destroyed his home computer and purchased a round-trip ticket to Kenya. In December, as Baxam traveled on a bus in Kenya, he raised suspicions of a fellow passenger and was arrested by authorities, who suspected Baxam was traveling to Somalia to join al-Shabab.

He was interviewed by FBI agents in Kenya and arrested on his return to Maryland.

Baxam faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison if convicted, followed by three years of supervised release.”


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