The 21st Century Phenomenon



Six Islamic Militants led by Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, all from former Yugoslavia, were arrested on Monday 05/07/2007 night on suspicions that they plotted an attack on Fort Dix military base in New Jersey, USA in order to kill as many as possible American soldiers.

U.S. Attorney Christopher J. Christie said at a news conference Tuesday 05/08/2007 that ““The philosophy that supports and encourages Global Jihad around the world against Americans came to live here in New Jersey

The investigation and surveillance operation began to take shape in January 2006, when an employee of a store told the FBI someone had brought a “disturbing” video to be duplicated.

Two paid informants infiltrated the group, one in March 2006 and the other in July.  One of the informants claimed to have connections with an arms  dealer who could sell the alleged conspirators AK-47 automatic machine guns and other weapons, according to the affidavit. Both took part in firearms training with the group, the affidavit said. Both of them “consensually recorded” meetings and conversations.

Officials said the group had a collection of jihadist videos, including video of their last will and testament of two of the 19 hijackers from The 9/11 attacks and video of Osama bin Laden calling Muslims to Global Jihad .

The men had surveyed a number of bases but settled on Fort Dix because one of the defendants said he knew the base “like the back of his hand” because he had delivered pizza there.

The defendants are: (See also details in — Fort Dix six)

The ring leader Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, 22, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, a U.S. citizen born in Jordan who is employed as a taxicab driver in Philadelphia;


Serdar Tatar, 23, of Philadelphia, born in Turkey, whose last known employment was at a 7-Eleven;


The three brothers Eljvir Duka, 23, Shain Duak, 26, and Dritan Duka , 28, illegal residents  former Yugoslavia that operated a businesses known as Qadr Inc, Colonial Roofing and National Roofing.

Agron Abdullahu, 24, of Buena Vista Township, born in the former Yugoslavia and employed at a Shop-Rite Supermarket. He is charged only with aiding and abetting the Duka brothers’ illegal possession of weapons. 

The trial of the Dix Six began, on 10/20/2008, in Camden courthouse in New Jersey. During the Trial the main line of defense was that the defendants were, actually, tempted to the plot by two FBI informants who operated with and within the group and it was the informants and not the defendants that supplied the weapons and helped with conducting the trainings.

On Monday 12/22/2008, after four days of discussions, the jury found the five main defendants guilty of conspiracy to commit an act of terror and face life in prison. But the five defendants were acquitted of attempting murder. The verdict is inconsistence since the two articles of the charges, conspiracy to act of terror and attempting murder, were based on the very same evidences. If the evidences were not conclusive enough in one article how come that they were conclusive enough in the second article? The verdict, therefore, is a ground for a successful appeal.        

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