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Two U.S. citizens living in Alabama are in federal custody, with investigators claiming they caught them before they were able to embark on a mission of terror.

FOX News Radio's Eben Brown reports in our ongoing series on national security:

Securing America.

The FBI says they arrested two 25-year-old men from Mobile, Alabama just as they were getting ready to leave the United States to help wage jihad in Africa.  Both Abdul Rahman Abukhdair and Randy Wilson were headed to Morocco, according to authorities who say the pair met online a couple of years ago and were inspired by the late Anwar al-Awlaki, the so-called "digital jihadist" who also was a U.S. citizen.  He was killed in a drone strike.

An undercover investigator was able to get them to discuss their plans to join terrorist factions.  They're both charged with conspiring and aiding terrorists.

Eben Brown, FOX News Radio.