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DOJ Arrests and Convictions in March

This month there were a number of notable arrests and convictions in connection with the Department of Justice’s fight against terrorism. Notably and in reverse chronological order: Last week, al-Shabaab operative Mohamed Ibrahim Ahmed was sentenced by a Manhattan federal court to 111 months in prison for conspiring to provide material support to and conspiring […]

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Indictment of Alleged Al Qaeda Operative Unsealed

This week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published a press release announcing that the six-count indictment charging Ibrahim Suleiman Adnan Adam Harun with conspiracy to murder American military personnel in Afghanistan, conspiracy to bomb American government facilities abroad, conspiracy to provide and provision of material support to al-Qaeda, and carrying firearms in relation to crimes […]

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Al Qaeda Operatives Out of Kentucky Convicted, Sentenced

CNN reports that Mohanad Shareet Hammadi and Waad Ramadan Alwan, Iraqis who were living in Kentucky, have been convicted and sentenced for their involvement in a plot aiding al Qaeda in Iraq. In August, Hammadi pleaded guilty to charges that included four counts of aiding al Qaeda in Iraq, according to CNN, and the 31-year […]

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Washington Post Reports on Recent Case of Rendition

The Washington Post reports that three European men were arrested in August while passing through Djibouti on U.S. suspicions of support for al-Shabaab in Somalia. Furthermore, the article states, the men were secretly indicted by a grand jury in October before being taken into FBI custody. It wasn’t until late December, when the men appeared […]

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Alleged Alabama Terrorists Arrested, Masri Sentenced

In early December 2012, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the arrests of Mohammad Abdul Rahman Abukhdair, 25, and Randy “Rasheed” Wilson, 25, as well as the sentencing of Shaker Masri, 29. All three men are United States citizens. In the Southern District of Alabama, Abukhdair and Wilson were arrested for conspiring to provide material […]

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Former Bin Laden Aide Requests Hasty Sentencing

Jamal Ahmed al Fadl, former aide to Osama bin Laden and crucial U.S. Government (USG) witness in the case concerning the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings in Africa, has asked to be sentenced for his al Qaeda affiliation without further delay, The New York Times reports. Al Fadl has proclaimed he fears for his children’s safety […]

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Social media snags 4 U.S. residents allegedly supporting Taliban

“Social media snags 4 U.S. residents allegedly supporting Taliban,” headlines CNN.  “FBI: 4 Calif. men charged in alleged terror plot,” reporters Reuters.  Here is the Los Angeles Field Office of the FBI puts it: Four Men Charged for Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to Terrorism FBI Los Angeles November 19, 2012 RIVERSIDE COUNTY—Four men have […]

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Iran Fires on Unarmed U.S. Predator Drone

CNN reports that two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Air Force Predator drone while it was over the Persian Gulf in the airspace east of Kuwait last week. The drone, according to CNN, was engaged in routine maritime surveillance and in international airspace at the time the Iranian jets fired, and it […]

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Massachusetts Man Sentenced for Attempting to Provide Material Support to Terrorists

The Miami Herald reported that Rezwan Ferdaus, a 27-year-old Massachusetts man was sentenced to 17 years in prison after he pleaded guilty in July to attempting to provide material support to terrorists and attempting to damage and destroy federal buildings with an explosive. As the article states, Ferdaus, of Ashland, was discovered plotting to fly […]

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Nov 5th, 2012 material support

Court Vacates Hamdan’s Conviction

Yesterday the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit vacated the military commission’s conviction of Salim Ahmed Hamdan, the former bodyguard and driver for Osama bin Laden. The Court held that under international laws of war at the time of the actions in question, the war crime with which Hamdan was […]

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