Posted: Oct 26, 2010 6:39 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Updated: Oct 26, 2010 6:53 AM
NEW YORK (AP) - A man born in New York is accused of trying to join the military so he could be deployed to Iraq, desert, and fight with anti-American insurgency forces.
Abdel Hameed Shehadeh was arrested in Hawaii and charged with making false statements. He's been ordered to return to New York to face charges.
Authorities are investigating the 21-year-old who visited a U.S. military recruiting station in Times Square in October 2006. A criminal complaint unsealed in federal court in Brooklyn says the recruiter asked Shehadeh if he had traveled overseas. He allegedly lied and said he had only been to Israel. Authorities say later that month Shehadeh tried to fly to Jordan, but wasn't allowed into the country. Once he returned to the U.S., counterterrorism investigators confronted him about radical writings allegedly posted on the internet.
Then in 2008, Shehadeh once again caught the attention of U.S. authorities by buying a one-way ticket to Pakistan.