January 30 2015
– The Federal Bureau of Investigation added Liban Haji Mohamed, a naturalized American citizen, to its most wanted list on Thursday and announced a reward of up to $50,000 for anyone who could provide information that could lead to his arrest and conviction. Liban, a former taxi driver in northern Virginia, has been accused by the FBI of providing “material support and resources” to al Shabab, an al Qaeda-linked militant group in Somalia.

An arrest warrant was issued against Liban, 29, in February last year, and was unsealed Thursday by U.S. District Court in Alexandria. Liban’s younger brother Gulet Mohamed had been added in the no-fly list of the U.S. government and he has been challenging the decision for the last four years. Gulet had been detained in Kuwait several years ago and officials had barred him from entering the U.S., Gadeir Abbas, Gulet’s attorney, said according to The Associated Press (AP). Abbas added that Liban had aggressively advocated for his brother at the time and claimed that the FBI had started harassing Liban as retaliation.

“Liban Mohamed is believed to have left the U.S. with the intent to join al Shabaab in East Africa. We believe he is currently there operating on behalf of that terrorist organization,” Carl Ghattas, special agent in charge of the counterterrorism division at the FBI’s Washington field office, said in a statement, adding: “It is important for us to locate Mohamed because he has knowledge of the Washington, D.C. area’s infrastructure such as shopping areas, Metro, airports, and government buildings.”

The FBI statement claims that Liban is an “asset” to terrorist organizations because of his knowledge of the American capital. It added that during his time in northern Virginia, Liban was a recruiter for al Shabab, which has claimed responsibility for several attacks in Somalia and Uganda.

A hearing for Gulet’s case is scheduled on Friday. Abbas said that Liban, who left the U.S. in July 2012 according to FBI, may have fled to avoid harassment. He further argued that the timing of the announcement was an attempt to throw out the lawsuit filed by Gulet, AP reported. “We would question the timing of the FBI’s placement of Liban on the most-wanted list on the day before a major hearing on the government’s authority to maintain the no-fly list,” Abbas said, according to AP.

By Sneha Shankar


About Jumpin' Jack Cash

Deep connections are the most important aspect of my existence. I don’t care if people don’t know what they want. I love books. I’m cynical of love stories, although I’m romantic. I adore gardens. I like women who challenge me. I love the rain as an excuse to stay inside and dream. I'm furiously impatient. If I ask you a question best to tell me the truth as I'm likely to already know the answer. I'm a carnivore. I continuously underestimate the magic of fresh flowers in my home. I love warm rain in the summer. My mood elevates to epic proportions when the sun shines. Tell me not to do something and I'll do it twice and take photos. Running is my antidepressant. I loathe lies. I rarely forgive a lie. Loyalty and honesty are my most noble virtues, and I value them more than anything in other people. I love to love, and am able to fall in love very quickly, although it's only ever happened once. I understood myself and fixed myself only after destroying myself. My greatest excitement comes from deliberately getting lost in foreign cities. I can be extremely loud and frighteningly silent. I hate insinuations. I love storms. Justice for all. I'm a proud man, but welcome the influence of the feminine soul. I have two sisters. I’m a dreamer. I’m a deep thinker. Don’t deal with guilt trips or drama that well. I'm extremely stubborn and persistent. I'm brilliant at keeping secrets. I love driving. I become absolutely and completely lost while watching a burning fire. When the toast pops from the toaster I’m never ready and shit myself. I play the guitar, but require much improvement. Solitude and warmth of the sun are perfect together. I’ve been married once and now divorced. I’m a music junkie. Chocolate mousse is the shit. I curse too much. I find it difficult to make friends. I spent four years as a firefighter. I’ve run my own company since 1991. Bright lights, big cities. I’ve been an executive producer of a feature film. Some people don’t care, and that’s the biggest let-down of the human race. There are cures and solutions for many evils, but no remedy for the worst of them all - the apathy of human beings. The sound of the Italian language being spoken is as good as my favourite music. I hate corrupt cops. I relentlessly and passionately pursue anybody and anything that sets my soul on fire. I'm a dog lover, and all my dogs are considered family members. I have an obsession with photography. I have some close friends who are household names, but shall always remain anonymous. I’m crazy but not lazy. Losing a soulmate has hurt me badly. My two young sons are the nucleus of my universe. I love airports. I love freedom. If you are dishonest or disloyal, I can erase you from my life and memory immediately and permanently. I yearn to explore, dream about and discover as many friendships, deep connections and places, one possibly can in a lifetime.
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