Maalik Jones had long wanted to move to an Islamic country, those who know him say. But his wife, who had come to America from Morocco to marry him, refused to accompany him. So when the West Baltimore man finally went in the summer of 2011, he traveled alone.
To his wife, it was as though he disappeared.
"He just left," Hanane Khlifi told The Baltimore Sun.
Last week, authorities tried to fill in some details. The FBI said Jones had made his way from New York through Morocco and Kenya to semi-lawless Somalia. It was there, the FBI said, that Jones linked up with the terrorist group al-Shabaab.
He allegedly fought for almost four years as part of a...