Intelligence Report: Refugee facing terror charges

January 31, 2012 4:25:28 PM PST
In this Intelligence Report: The first pictures of an accused terrorist arrested at O'Hare Airport and a fascinating back-story being told about how the refugee from Uzbekistan ended up in America.

Federal authorities in Chicago are in the process of transferring Jamshid Muhtorov to Colorado where he is charged.

The first photo of Muhtorov, who was arrested 10 days ago at O'Hare, was distributed by the feds on Tuesday. He was headed to Istanbul, Turkey, where authorities say he was to rendezvous with the Islamic Jihad Union.

That terror group opposes the government of Uzbekistan, where Muhtorov is from and where U.S. officials began tracking him several years ago, when he was considered a human rights activist trying to help his countrymen.

In 2007, Muhtorov fled to neighborhood Kyrgyzstan, where the United Nations and the State Department began working to relocate Muhtorov and his family to the United States. It was the American government that arranged for the 35-year-old to move to Aurora, Colorado, outside Denver. It was there, according to The Denver Post, that Muhtorov, his wife and their two children had been living. Now, the same American government that helped him has charged him with terror crimes.

Muhtorov had been working as a truck driver for a company that delivered vehicles to the Chicago area and to the Northeast. At the time he was arrested at O'Hare on January 21, federal authorities say he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic Jihad Union.

As its website proclaims, with jarring videos and terrorist rhetoric, the Islamic Jihad Union is an organization responsible for numerous suicide attacks on U.S. forces and interests overseas.

Muhtorov has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Denver and charged with attempting to provide support to a foreign terror group. When he arrives back in Colorado, federal prosecutors say they will ask that he be held without bond.

When the U.S. first began tracking Muhtorov, he was considered a victim of a brutal regime. He was once arrested in Uzbekistan for speaking out against government corruption and his sister was wrongly accused of murder--both detained to keep them quiet.

Now, though, the U.S government that a few years was helping Muhtorov is prosecuting him on charges of helping terrorists.