A British citizen who allegedly tried to establish a terrorist training camp in the Klamath County town of Bly in 1999 is heading back to the U.S. to face criminal charges, CNN reports today:
Haroon Rashid Aswat is wanted in a case dating back to 1999. Aswat, a British national, was arrested in Zambia in 2005 and sent to Britain, where he has fought extradition for years. His attorneys raised concerns about his mental health, according to British media reports. In a federal criminal complaint, prosecutors said Aswat participated in efforts to build the camp in Bly, Oregon, in 1999 and 2000. The camp "would be a place that Muslims could attend to receive various types of training, including military-style jihad training, in preparation for a community of Muslims to make 'hijrah' (to immigrate) to Afghanistan," the criminal complaint stated. "Once in Afghanistan, the men in the community would have gained enough familiarity with weapons at the Bly training camp to fight jihad in Afghanistan."
A New York Post article earlier this year provided a colorful description of what allegedly took in Bly 15 years ago:
An Oregon woman says she thought she was opening up her familyâs ranch to local Muslims to teach them how to grow and can veggies â and that her husband was even expecting a tax write-off. But US-born Muslim convert Eva Hatley testified in Manhattan federal court Tuesday that after the âcarloadsââ of fellow Muslims she met through her mosque arrived at the 160-acre ranch in Bly in 1999, the couple watched helplessly as their home was turned into an al Qaeda training camp.