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Ore. suspect's jihadi magazine writing highlighted

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NIGEL DUARA | January 24, 2013 04:28 PM EST | AP


PORTLAND, Ore. — Prosecutors in an Oregon bomb-plot trial highlighted the defendant's contributions to a jihadi magazine as evidence he was predisposed to terrorism.

An FBI agent on Thursday read selections from articles written by suspect Mohamed Mohamud alongside those written in the same publication by Osama bin Laden and other al-Qaida higher-ups.

Mohamud has been accused of attempting to detonate a bomb at Portland's Christmas-tree lighting in November 2010. The plot was an elaborate FBI sting, and the bomb was a fake.

Mohamud's contributions to the magazine "Jihad Recollections" varied in focus.

A workout advice column to jihadis fighting in war zones earned him the nickname "Osama Gym Laden" by a British tabloid.

Prosecutors want to show Mohamud was predisposed to terrorism before the sting. Mohamud's defense attorneys say he was entrapped.