Two alleged al-Qaeda supporters nabbed online by undercover FBI agent

An "online covert employee" of the FBI caught two men in a chat room attempting to give money to al-Qaeda.


Joe Kloc


Published Aug 14, 2013   Updated Jun 1, 2021, 9:07 am CDT

Two men who were accused of supporting al Qaeda by an “online covert employee” of the FBI were arraigned on Tuesday, the Miami Herald reported.

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The men, Gufran Ahmed Kauser Mohammed and Mohamed Hussein Said, were charged with attempting to give $25,000 in financial assistance to groups with al Qaeda ties. Both pled not guilty on Tuesday.

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The covert FBI employee identified the men in a chat room in 2012, where the agent was posing as a brother and sister duo looking for al Qaeda supporters. 

The agent first met Mohammed, a U.S. citizen living in Saudi Arabia, in a chat room in April. At that time, Mohammed wired the undercover agent $9,000, thinking he was supporting an al Qaeda affiliate fighting against Syrian President Bashar al Assad. (Mohammed later gave an undercover FBI agent another $3,800 for the Syrian cause.)

In the fall of 2012, the FBI agent told Mohammed a retaliation attack was planned against the U.S. for the country’s 2011 drone strike on al Qaeda cleric Anwar al Awlaki in Yemen. To this cause, Mohammed gave another $1,500.

According to the Herald, court documents reveal that Mohammed introduced the undercover agent to Said in 2012. Said subsequently told the agent, “he had a recruit who would be willing to conduct a martyrdom operation within the United States like one of ‘the 19.’ ’’

It appears ‘The 19’ is a reference to the 19 men involved in the September 11, 2001 attacks against the U.S. 

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Both men were denied denied bail by the Miami judge.

Photo by Arne Halvorsen/Flickr

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*First Published: Aug 14, 2013, 7:29 pm CDT