Five American Muslims Arrested in Terror Probe

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Pakistan authorities have arrested five Americans for possible links to terrorism.

The five men's families all live in the Washington, D.C. Area. Their parents believe their sons made a terrible decision.

"These young Americans are in our custody," said Sargodha police chief Javed Islam. "They are telling us that they came to Pakistan for jihad."

Click play for more with CBN News Terrorism Analyst Erick Stakelbeck.

After they disappeared, the FBI discovered a threatening farewell video made by the missing men. The tape was described as showing scenes of war with the message that Muslims must be defended. The U.S.- Muslim community has vowed to work with authorities in the case.

A Virginia Muslim leader told the Associated Press the five men did not seem to have become militant before they left the U.S.

"From all of our interviews, there was no sign they were outwardly radicalized," said Imam Johari Abdul-Malik.

"I have seen that video and I am disturbed by the content of it," said Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

U.S. officials notified Pakistani authorities, because of concerns the five have been radicalized by Islamic militants.

American intelligence is increasingly worried that al Qaeda and other terrorist organizations are trying to recruit Americans who draw less attention when they travel to Pakistan and Afghanistan for training.

In Norway, President Obama declined to comment on the case, but told reporters he appreciates the contributions of the U.S.-Muslim community.

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