Feds say Ohio man wanted to follow brother's terrorist path
The Associated Press
Apr. 27, 2015
Some events leading to the indictment of an Ohio man on charges he trained with terrorists as part of a plot to return to the U.S. to kill Americans, according to court documents.
— March 1, 1987: Abdifatah Aden born in Somalia.
— Sept. 1, 1991: Aden's brother, Abdirahman Sheik Mohamud, born in Somalia.
— Jan. 18, 2006, Aden, having emigrated to the U.S. as a child, becomes a citizen.
— May 14, 2013: Abdifatah Aden leaves the U.S. for Saudi Arabia, where he finalizes his decision to fight with a terrorist group in Syria.
— September 2013: Mohamud sends Aden a Facebook message supporting his brother and his religious war companions.
— Feb. 14, 2014: Mohamud sends Aden a Facebook message asking how he can send him money.
— Feb. 18, 2014: Mohamud becomes a U.S. citizen.
— Feb. 20, 2014: Aden sends Mohamud a Facebook message instructing him to call an "unnamed associate" to collect $1,000 promised to Aden. The same day, during an interview with the FBI, Mohamud identifies himself as his brother, then admits his identity when challenged.
— Feb. 26, 2014: Mohamud tells his brother via Facebook he was questioned by the FBI and is being "very careful now."
— March 7-April 15, 2014: Facebook messages reveal Mohamud and Aden discussing the transfer of the $1,000.
— April 16, 2014: Facebook records reveal Mohamud told Aden he bought a computer tablet to use to raise money for Aden's fighting.
— April 18, 2014: Mohamud leaves the U.S. and arrives in Turkey the following day. He does not board his connecting flight to Greece.
— April 2014 (unspecified dates): Mohamud receives terrorist training in Syria.
— May 13, 2014: Aden tells an unidentified Facebook user he is with Al-Nusrah Front, a State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization.
— June 3, 2014: Aden killed in battle in Syria.
— June 4-5, 2014: Mohamud takes actions to have Aden's martyrdom photo and his brother's entire Facebook page deleted.
— June 8, 2014: Mohamud returns to the United States.
— June 9 and June 13, 2014: FBI interviews Mohamud and his sister about Aden.
— Sept. 5, 2014: Mohamud takes three associates to a Columbus-area shooting range to teach them target shooting. Only two are allowed to shoot as the third was underage.
— Oct. 8, 2014: Facebook tells the FBI that Mohamud most likely deleted all the private messages he'd exchanged with his brother.
— Feb. 23, 2015: Mohamud indicted on state terrorism and money laundering charges.
— April 16, 2015: Mohamud indicted on federal charges of supporting terrorism, supporting a terrorist group and making a false statement involving international terrorism.
— April 17, 2015: Mohamud pleads not guilty to all charges.
Source: April 16 federal indictment and documents filed by the FBI in support of search warrants on Sept. 18, 2014 and Jan. 30, 2015.