Oklahoma Man Who Attended al Qaeda Training Camp Sentenced to Prison

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Naif Abdulaziz M. Alfallaj, an Oklahoma resident and Saudi Arabian citizen, was sentenced to 12 years in federal prison for making false statements to the FBI about his attendance of an al Qaeda training camp in Afghanistan and visa fraud.

The training camp is notorious because 4 of the September 11th high jackers were trained at this location. It’s also worth noting that Naif was able to attend a flight school in 2016 using a fraudulent visa in Oklahoma.

Naif was discovered only when 15 of his fingerprints were found on a document retrieved in an Afghanistan safe house. Naif even bragged about his involvement at the training camp in online forums. The document, which was an application to attend the camp, was submitted by Naif in 2001 and even contained his father’s number in Saudi Arabia as an emergency contact.

Naif came to Oklahoma on a non-immigrant visa due to his wife’s status as a foreign student visa holder. The couple lived in Weatherford, Oklahoma, where his wife attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University.

A New York Times story touched on the daunting task law enforcement has processed the incredible amount of material found on war zones after years of combat.

“Saudi Who Attended Qaeda Camp Is Arrested in Oklahoma,” by Adam Goldman and Matt Apuzzo, New York Times, February 6, 2018:
The case highlights the difficulty facing the government in processing the large amounts of fingerprints, photographs, messages, email addresses, phone numbers and DNA samples that have been collected in nearly two decades of war. 

Many documents and electronic media collected in Afghanistan land on the shelves of a unit in the F.B.I.’s counterterrorism division. The materials, which are stored in federal facilities in Northern Virginia and at F.B.I. Headquarters in Washington, have been a vexing problem for the agency. American officials have long wanted to exploit the materials but lacked the resources as the F.B.I. has focused on other pressing terrorism investigations over the years. The number of documents was staggering, perhaps in the hundreds of thousands, said a former F.B.I. official who worked in the unit. Much of the information is in other languages, such as Arabic. To inspect the materials, the F.B.I. would need to reassign linguists from other cases.

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