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Mohamud Trial Turns To Accused Terrorist's Texts, Writing

OPB | Jan. 24, 2013 5:51 p.m. | Updated: Jan. 25, 2013 1:41 p.m.

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One of the FBI agents who supervised investigations of Mohamed Mohamud testified Thursday. Ryan Dwyer discussed publications the defendant wrote for and texts he sent before being accused of trying to set off a bomb in Portland.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.

Mohamed Osman Mohamud booking photo.

Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

Federal Prosecutor Ethan Knight asked Dwyer about articles Mohamud wrote for the magazine Jihad Recollections, and about what passed in emails between the defendant and the magazine’s 24-year-old publisher.

In four articles over five months, Mohamud explored subjects like “Staying in Shape Without Weights” and why he felt Europe was an appropriate target for Jihadist attacks.

Sketch by Deborah Marble

He wrote that “intention is to train as hard as possible to damage the enemies of Allah as much as possible.”

His assumed byline appears just pages away from writings attributed to Osama Bin Laden and Ayman Al-Zawahiri.

In cross examination, federal defender Steven Wax quizzed Dwyer about text messages the FBI team captured during surveillance, which show Mohamud more concerned with alcohol and marijuana.

Sketch by Deborah Marble

Sketch by Deborah Marble

The testimony also shed brief light on turbulence in Mohamud’s family. In text messages, his father Osman Barre suggested he might reunite with Mohamud’s mother or leave the country altogether.


April Baer is covering the Mohamud trial for OPB. You can reach her at abaer@opb.org.

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