WRAL Investigates

Raleigh man pleads guilty in terrorism case

Posted October 16, 2014

Akba Jihad Jordan (Facebook photo)

— A Raleigh man pleaded guilty Thursday to trying to aid Islamic militants in Syria and Yemen, according to federal authorities.

Akba Jihad Jordan, 22, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists. He will be sentenced later.

Federal law prohibits conspiring to kill or maim people outside the U.S.

Jordan and Avin Marsalis Brown, 21, were arrested in March following a weeks-long investigation that included airplanes with electronic monitoring equipment buzzing a north Raleigh neighborhood.

Brown, who pleaded guilty in August and is set to be sentenced in three weeks, was taken into custody at Raleigh-Durham International Airport. He told investigators he planned to fly to Turkey and then enter Syria to fight for Islamic State militants.

FBI agents arrested Jordan, who was trying to obtain a passport, at his Gresham Lake Road apartment, where they seized several weapons, including an AK-47 rifle and a sword, along with ammunition.

Confidential informants told the FBI that Brown and Jordan, a 2011 Millbrook High School graduate, began talking last May about going overseas to engage in jihad. Jordan "functioned as a type of physical fitness, firearms and tactics instructor to Brown" and often displayed a cache of weapons and ammunition in his apartment, records state.

Jordan even stated at one point that he slept on his kitchen floor with an AK-47 and a Quran to empathize with Muslims in Syria.

The pair planned to use a charity as a cover for their travels, saying the government would have a hard time making a terrorism case against them if they argued they were on a charitable mission overseas, according to court records.


This story is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • LetsBeFair Oct 17, 2014

    this person is seriously confused.

  • ncprr1 Oct 17, 2014

    View quoted thread

    I understand that this is just a troll comment, but is proof that liberals live in bizarro world.

  • Glock07 Oct 17, 2014

    View quoted thread

    It is "hateful" for us to talk about those training camps. We are the bad guys.

  • I-Defy Oct 17, 2014

    But remember folks its Christians who are the bad guys. Just ask any progressive. They slam Christians all the time but dont have the stones to talk out against jihadis Muslims because they are scared of them

  • ohbumr Oct 17, 2014

    View quoted thread

    yep, just google "terrorist training camps in the US"....it's disturbing. they claim to be peaceful though.

  • John Murphy Oct 17, 2014
    user avatar

    life in prison, please

  • Joseph Shepard Oct 17, 2014
    user avatar

    That ISIS is among us, in significant numbers, is true. But here's the point. People in this nation want to commit ground troops in the fight against ISIS in Syria. Take a significant number of troops out of the US, and it is entirely possible that those ISIS fighters in the country would break loose and start attacking us here at home. Just a thought.

  • Paladin2 Oct 17, 2014

    The Islamic threat is very real worldwide. Their intent is to take over the world and leave no prisoners.

  • Glock07 Oct 17, 2014

    View quoted thread

    I'm afraid there are many more than we could possibly guess.

  • Christopher Rose Oct 17, 2014
    user avatar

    More gullible kids getting sucked into things they really don;t know much about.