US citizen inspired by Hamas sought to wage jihad against ‘No. 1 enemy’ America, prosecutors say

December 30, 2023

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. citizen living in Egypt sought to join the al Shabaab terrorist organization and wage violent jihad against America and its allies in the wake of Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack on Israel, federal prosecutors said Friday. He is charged with attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization. “After the October 7th events, I felt that something has changed,” Nasr told the informant, according to the complaint. I felt that pride and dignity came back to the Muslims.”The U.S. designated al Shabaab a foreign terrorist organization in 2008. Somalia’s President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud has pledged to wipe out al Shabaab within a year.