Skip to comments.New Jersey jihadist arrested in Yemen worked at nuclear power plants
Posted on 03/12/2010 12:50:52 AM PST by Cindy
"New Jersey jihadist arrested in Yemen worked at nuclear power plants"
SNIPPET: "The South Jersey man who Yemini officials are calling a terrorist with links to al-Qaeda previously worked at three local nuclear power plants.
Sharif Mobley, 26, is being held in a jail in Yemen after he allegedly killed a police guard and seriously injured another during a shootout at a hospital on Monday.
The Buena, N.J. native has also been accused of taking part in several acts of terrorism, Yemini officials say. He also purportedly has ties to the same branch of al-Qaeda who are suspected of attempting to blow up a U.S. airliner on its way to Detroit on Christmas."
SNIPPET: "Former high school classmate Roman Castro says Mobley was always fiercely religious and tried to convert high school friends to Islam.
Castro says he ran into Mobley during an Army tour in Iraq around four years ago. The two had a short exchange, with Mobley telling him to "Get the hell away from me, you Muslim killer," according to Castro.
A former neighbor said Mobley moved to Yemen two years ago to study Islam."
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Yemen holds US man after al-Qaeda sweep, shootout
Published: 03.11.10, 22:50 / Israel News
SNIPPET: Yemen counterterrorism authorities captured a US citizen of Somali origin after he shot his way out of a hospital in the Middle Eastern country, where he was being held after a sweep of al-Qaeda members, authorities said Thursday.
Authorities in Yemen are holding Sharif Mobley, 26...
“Buena man is accused of al Qaeda-related terrorist attack in Yemen”
By The Associated Press
March 11, 2010, 12:40PM
SNIPPET: “It wasn’t clear why the Baltimore FBI office was investigating, but records show Mobley previously lived in Newark, Del. The agency’s Baltimore office covers Delaware.”
SNIPPET: “A member of the Yemeni intelligence service confirmed Thursday that the man, originally described in statements as foreign, was a Somali-American.”
SNIPPET: “Michael Brothman of Vineland, N.J., said he graduated with Mobley from Buena Regional High School in 2002. He remembered Mobley boasting that he had a black belt in karate, being a fan of anime and being competitive in gym class. Mobley was also a member of his high school’s wrestling team.”
Campaign finance records show Mobley received $75 as an election day worker for Gov. Jon Corzine’s campaign in 2005.”
“Sharif Mobley, born and raised in Atlantic County, later lived in Phila. and Delaware.”
Posted March 12, 2010
“S. Jersey man arrested in al-Qaeda sweep”
By John Shiffman and Jacquelyn L. Urgo
Inquirer Staff Writers
SNIPPET: “Sharif Mobley was born and raised in Buena, N.J., a tiny farming community in western Atlantic County, and later lived in Philadelphia and Newark, Del. Yemeni authorities said he could face murder charges.”
SNIPPET: “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, 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.”
SNIPPET: “Since January, when Mansour, the American jihadist, pledged to send more foreign fighters from Somalia, Yemen has tried to tighten its borders.”
SNIPPET: “Mobley traveled from the United States to Yemen to learn Arabic, said a former neighbor, Nehal Aboelmaged.”
SNIPPET: “While in Delaware, Mobley was married to a woman named Sabaa and the couple had a young daughter, said Aboelmaged, who is also the wife of the imam at the mosque they attended in Newark, Del., the Islamic Society of Delaware.”
A Point of Interest:
Note: The following post is a quote:
Arabic study may have been cover for bomb suspect
Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009 | AHMED AL-HAJ
Posted on December 31, 2009 12:41:13 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
SAN’A, Yemen (AP) - The Nigerian suspected of trying to bring down a U.S. airliner with explosives might have used Arabic studies as a pretext for entering Yemen before disappearing for months, perhaps into one of the lawless country’s al-Qaida strongholds, fellow students and teachers said.
Interviews with staff and students at the Institute for the Arabic Language this week have revealed that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab was frequently absent from classes and spent at most one month at the school in Yemen’s capital, San’a, starting in late August before vanishing.
Authorities say he didn’t leave the country until December and that his whereabouts during that period remains a mystery.
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OFF THREAD TOPIC and A Point of Interest:
“TERRORISTS IN THE MAKING? Egypt Pursues Europeans Taking Arabic Classes”
SPIEGEL.de ^ | September 25, 2009 | This article has been provided courtesy of NRC Handelsblad.
Posted on October 2, 2009 1:05:56 PM PDT by Cindy
Meanwhile Obama’s Homeland targets conservatives, instead of the Islamic-terrorist enemy within.
Matter of fact many years ago I did my student teaching at Buena High.
It is a relatively rural area.
Sharif Mobley was born and raised in Buena, N.J....
If he has any relatives in the US, they should all be deported to Yemen immediately.
Another Democrat long ignored or considered as a Czar.
"... Sharif Mobley -- a 26-year-old Somali-born U.S. citizen"
SO, what did he do at a nuke, clean the toilets?
What was he doing in Iraq? ? ? ?
Thank you for the links Dr. Pix.
That’s a good question Cook County.
The jihad is global.
Thank you for the bump rdl6989.
Al-Qaeda suspect worked at SIX nuclear plants...
If you would like to request your thread being back on the side bar, I would agree.
Al-Qaeda Suspect From NJ Worked At 6 Nuke Plants
HADDONFIELD, N.J. (AP)
An American seized in Yemen in a sweep of suspected al-Qaida members had been a laborer at six U.S. nuclear power plants, and authorities are investigating whether he had access to sensitive information or materials that would be useful to terrorists.
Sharif Mobley, 26, worked for contractors at plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland from 2002 to 2008, mostly hauling materials and setting up scaffolding, plant officials said.
Thank you Arthur.
What timing...I was just coming to this thread.
For The Record - The IPT Blog
“Another American Tied to Al Qaeda in Yemen”
SNIPPET: “Sources say that Mobley had a relationship with Anwar Al-Awlaki, a former imam at the Dar al-Hijrah mosque in Falls Church, Va., who has been linked to a series of terror plots. Awlaki is considered an inspiration for Nidal Malik Hasan before the Fort Hood massacre and also is suspected of encouraging failed Christmas Day airline bomber Umar Abdulmutallab.
Mobley previously lived in Philadelphia and Newark, Delaware, where he occasionally worshipped at the mosque of the Islamic Society of Delaware. The Imam of the mosque, Abdel-Hadi Shehata, said Mobley moved to Yemen to learn Arabic and study Islam.”
By IPT News | March 12, 2010 at 12:24 pm
Posted on Fri, Mar. 12, 2010
“Al Qaeda link, a gun in hand
Jersey man held in Yemen”
By KITTY CAPARELLA
Philadelphia Daily News
SNIPPET: “In 2007, a West Philadelphia imam warned Sharif Mobley not to go to Yemen to study Arabic, but the South Jersey native and his wife, Zinga Bey, traveled there anyway.”
SNIPPET: “A law-enforcement source confirmed this week that Mobley is a U.S. citizen whom Yemen authorities identified as “the terrorist Sharif Mobayli” and who had been mistakenly called “a German citizen of Somali origin.”
SNIPPET: “Yemen’s Defense Ministry’s Web site has claimed that “Mobayli” was “an al Qaeda member involved in several terrorist attacks.””
SNIPPET: “According to sources, Mobley told friends that he had met Anwar al-Awlaki, the radical American-born imam of Yemen descent who had an e-mail exchange with U.S. Army doctor Nidal Malik Hasan before Hasan allegedly killed 12 soldiers at Fort Hood last November. Al-Awlaki also allegedly had preached to two 9/11 hijackers at a Washington-area mosque.
In Yemen, where al-Awlaki now lives, Mobley continued their relationship, the sources said.”
SNIPPET: “Inside Mobley’s computer was video of him teaching children in a 2004 weekend sports camp in the U.S. The camp’s leaders had a dispute with Mobley and asked him to leave “for his radical views,” according to sources.”
SNIPPET: “Joe Delmar, the nuclear spokesman for PSE&G, a New Jersey utility company, said Sharif Mobley worked as a laborer for several contractors at three New Jersey plants on Artificial Island in Lower Alloways Creek from 2002 to 2008, carrying supplies and doing maintenance work.
Delmar said he satisfied federal background checks as recently as 2008.”
Thank you for the bump Arthur.
Cindy’s been adding updates here.
Nuclear Plant Supervisor Found Dead [Rawatbhata Nuclear plant in Kota, India
Nothing in public articles/info to suggest they are related incidents.
I don’t speculate on things like this.
(Nuke) Worker Spoke of Jihad, Agency Says
New York Times ^ | October 4, 2010
Posted on October 5, 2010 10:33:10 AM PDT by La Lydia
A New Jersey man accused of joining Al Qaeda in Yemen spoke openly of militant views while working at American nuclear plants, according to a report by the inspector general of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission that proposes tightening personnel security rules. The man, Sharif Mobley, who is charged by Yemeni authorities with murdering a hospital guard during an escape attempt, said he told others in his union: We are brothers in the union, but if a holy war comes, look out, said the report from the inspector general, Hubert T. Bell.
Fellow nuclear plant workers said Mobley had referred to non-Muslims as infidels and had visited unusual Web sites on his personal computer, including one showing a mushroom cloud...
The report...recommended improving plant employee training on how to detect and report behaviors associated with terrorist intent. It proposed that regulatory commission officials should get direct access to a nuclear industry personnel database and suggested more frequent matching of employee names against terrorist watch lists.
The inspector general also suggested requiring disclosure of any foreign travel by employees so that they could be questioned about their destinations and activities....
The American-born Mobley, 26, worked between 2002 and 2008 as a laborer at six nuclear plants in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland...
Mobley told friends in 2008 that he planned to move to Yemen to study Arabic and Islam. American and Yemeni officials said he connected there with Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, the branch of the terrorist network in Yemen.
Mobley was arrested by Yemeni security officers in January and was taken to a hospital in Sana, the capital, after complaining of illness. On March 7 he grabbed a security guards gun and tried to escape, fatally shooting one guard. He remains in Yemeni custody on capital murder charges....
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