Raleigh jihad group

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The Raleigh jihad group refers to seven men arrested on 27 July 2009 near Raleigh, North Carolina on charges of participating in a conspiracy to commit "violent jihad". An eighth man in the indictment, believed to be in Pakistan, was not arrested.[1] Daniel Boyd was the suspected ringleader, who along with Hysen Sherifi were also indicted on conspiring to attack troops at the US Marine Corps Base in Quantico, Virginia.[2]


The arrests were made on 27 July 2009. The men were accused of plotting to wage “violent jihad” outside the United States. The alleged leader of the group, Daniel Patrick Boyd, was accused of recruiting seven men, including two of his sons, to take part in a conspiracy “to advance violent jihad, including supporting and participating in terrorist activities abroad and committing acts of murder, kidnapping or maiming persons abroad.” According to the indictment, members of the group practiced military tactics and the use of weapons in rural North Carolina, and traveled to Gaza, Israel, Jordan and Kosovo hoping “to engage in violent jihad.” [3]


All defendants faced one count each of conspiring to provide resources to terrorists and conspiring to murder, kidnap and injure persons abroad.[4]

At their detention hearings, U.S. Magistrate Judge William Webb ruled that all were to be held without bond until trial.[10]


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  2. ^ North Carolina terror suspects allegedly targeting Quantico", Sarah Ovaska, Charlotte Observer
  3. ^ Mackey, Robert (28 July 2009). "Americans Arrested for Plotting ‘Violent Jihad’ Abroad". New York Times. Retrieved 28 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "7 NC men charged as international "jihad" group". The Monitor. AP. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 6 August 2009. 
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Boyd's co-defendants' histories come to light". The Research Triangle: The News & Observer. 6 August 2009. Retrieved 19 August 2009. [dead link]
  6. ^ Lamb, Amanda (28 July 2009). "Seventh terrorism suspect denied bond". Raleigh, North Carolina: WRAL.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 14 August 2009. 
  7. ^ Qena, Nebi (11 August 2009). "Kosovo editor: Islamist hackers block Web site". Raleigh, North Carolina: WRAL.com. Associated Press. Retrieved 18 August 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Savage, Charlie; Baker, Peter (22 May 2013). "U.S. Acknowledges Killing 4 Americans in Drone Strikes". The New York Times. 
  9. ^ http://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/703181/ag-letter-5-22-13.pdf
  10. ^ Baker, Mike (5 August 2009). "7 NC men charged as international "jihad" group". A.P. Retrieved 14 August 2009.