Why would they travel all the way to Pakistan for an interior spiritual struggle? More on this story. “Pakistan questions Americans suspected of jihad wish,” by Zeeshan Haider for Reuters, December 10 (thanks to James):
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Five young Americans were being questioned in Pakistan on Thursday on suspicion they wanted to join “holy war” as security agents searched for clues from seized phone cards and computer disks, officials said.
The five men, students in their 20s from northern Virginia, were detained this week in the city of Sargodha in Punjab province, 190 km (120 miles) southeast of Islamabad, security officials said.
The case will fan fears in the United States and other Western countries that the sons of immigrants from Muslim countries are being drawn to violent Islamist militancy.
“They are believed to have come here to join jihad,” said one Pakistani security official who declined to be identified, referring to Muslim holy war….