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Ex-U.S. Army soldier arrested over aid to Somali militants

• Reason magazine

A former U.S. Army soldier trained in intelligence and cryptology has been arrested and charged for trying to help the Somali al Shabaab militant group, an al Qaeda affiliate, the U.S. Justice Department said on Monday.

Craig Baxam, 24 and from a Maryland suburb outside Washington, was arrested by Kenyan authorities last month as he tried to cross the border into Somalia to join the group, federal prosecutors said.

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