Rahmat Abdhir, 43, is a U.S. citizen.
San Jose Mercury News
Two men, including a San Jose resident, have been indicted on charges they provided support to terrorists in the Philippines, the Department of Justice announced this afternoon.
Zulkifli Abdhir - aka "Zulkifli Bin Abdul Hir," aka "Hulagu," aka "Marwan" - was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and providing material support to terrorists. He is a fugitive and is believed to be in the Philippines, according to the DOJ.
Abdhir's brother, San Jose resident Rahmat Abdhir, was charged with conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists, providing material to terrorists, contributing goods and services to a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (his brother), and false statements. He is aka "Sean Kasem," and "Sean Kalimin."
Rahmat Abdhir, 43, is a U.S. citizen. He was arrested this morning in Sunnyvale, outside of where he works.
The indictment alleges Zulkifli Abdhir and Rahmat Abdhir communicated with one another between the United States and Philippines, often in code. Zulkifli Abdhir, an alleged member of the Jemaah Islamiyah militant Islamic group, engaged in battles with Philippine troops and has evaded capture.
Image: In 1902, US Army knocked out Filipino Moro insurgency
Rahmat Abdhir allegedly sent his brother money and accessories for firearms, Insignia two-way radios, backpacks, and knives.
Filipino Muslims, called Moros ("Moors" who shared the same Muslim faith as the Muslims who were driven out of Spain in 1492) by the Spaniards, have waged a generational war from in and around Mindanao against whoever is in charge of the archipelago for hundreds of years. The US standard Colt .45 pistol was made famous in 1902 for helping to cope with a Moro insurgency. Smaller caliber pistol munitions (rifles often were impractical in the jungle conditions) had proved incapable of bringing down drug-crazed Moro jihadis, enemies that came with the islands after the US defeated Spain. For the United States to actually import such people as "citizens" is a sign of total dereliction of duty at the top.