New Mexico Jihadist Compound Kidnapping Trial Begins

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A ramshackle compound is seen in the desert area of Amalia on Aug. 10, 2018 - Brian Skoloff/Associated Press via Albuquerque Journal screenshot
  • Jury selection has begun in the trial of two men and two women charged with kidnapping and terrorism offenses related to a 2018 raid on a squalid New Mexico compound, where the remains of a missing 3-year-old boy were found in an underground tunnel.
  • The U.S. Department of Justice’s counterterrorism section is pursuing a case against the five individuals, alleging they traveled from Georgia to New Mexico with the intent to create an army and train them to “kill people for Allah.”
  • The federal criminal charges against them include providing material support to terrorists, conspiracy to murder a U.S. employee, and illegal possession of firearms. The case also involves allegations of bizarre notions of “jihad,” exorcism, and “black magic.”
  • The trial is expected to last four weeks, with dozens of witnesses scheduled to testify. The defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges.  Read More

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