The FBI arrested two men at John F. Kennedy airport Saturday night who were about to board flights for Egypt. Authorities allege the pair were actually headed for Somalia, where they intended to try to join an Islamist militia. New York City Police assigned an undercover officer to track Mohammed Alessa and Carlos Almonte over the past four years.
CNN has a copy of the 17-page indictment.
NPR's Dina Temple Raston tells Morning Edition that Alessa and Almonte apparently didn't have a specific attack in mind; they were young men who allegedly adopted radical ideas and were going abroad to find some training with the Somalian Islamist group, al-Shabaab.
The National Counterterrorism Center has declared al-Shabaab a terrorist organization. The accused men are expected to appear in federal court today in New Jersey.