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VIRGINIA

Man charged in terrorist aid

A Northern Virginia man who was known for issuing a warning to the creators of the “South Park” cartoon that they risked death by mocking the prophet Muhammad has been charged with providing material support to the Somali terrorist organization known as al-Shabab.

Zachary Chesser, 20, of Oakton, Va., was arrested Wednesday.

According to court records, Mr. Chesser, also known as Abu Talhah Al-Amrikee, told federal agents that he twice tried to travel to Somalia to join al-Shabab as a fighter, once with his infant son in tow to help him evade scrutiny.

A court affidavit also states that Mr. Chesser corresponded with the radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki last year.

From wire dispatches and staff reports