India-born Sentenced in US Terrorism Case

Washington, July 13 (IANS) An Ohio court has sentenced two American cousins, one born in India and the other in Chicago, to prison terms for supporting terrorists in a plot to attack American soldiers overseas.

While India-born Khaleel Ahmed, 29, was sentenced to eight years and four months in prison, his cousin Zubair Ahmed, 31, was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday by US District Judge James Carr in Toledo, Ohio.

"These sentences send a strong message that we will aggressively go after those who would do harm to our servicemen and servicewomen," US Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio Steven M. Dettelbach said.

"There is no greater priority for us than combating those who would do us harm."

According to court documents, the Ahmeds, who pleaded guilty in January 2009, admitted that between April 1, 2004, and Feb 21, 2007, they conspired to provide material support to terrorists in a plot to kill US soldiers serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In May 2004, they travelled together to Cairo, where they hoped to make contact with the mujahedeen, receive training and be placed in either Iraq or Afghanistan to fight US troops.

They returned to the US, where they came in contact with an undercover informant and sought military training, the court papers said.

Zubair Ahmed testified twice in related cases in Atlanta.

Both Chicago residents were also sentenced to three years of supervised release and each was ordered to pay a $100 special assessment.


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  • Nazeer, Mangalore/ Riyadh

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    They shall be mercilessly hanged in public. They spoiled the image of Islam as well as India. terrorism is not the act of Islam. These kind of acts from namesake muslims misled others to think negatively about Islam. I had never learnt neither by my parents nor my religious teachers about terrorism. this word is new to Islam. They are not belongs to Islam. They are the cancer to Islam and to the whole world. Laanathullahi Alaihi...

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    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    Certainly M BHAT they did tarnish India's name.But how come RSS/VHP name you are dragging to the scene.I am always noting you that you really have some kind of aberation and making issue out of issue! Good luck.

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  • Unaid Uppala, Uppala

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    There is a difference here Mr. Bhat. Their activities were in USA. But, VHP/RSS/BD/Ram Sene are doing it in India to our own people, to Indians. Decide who is better.

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  • M.Bhat, Mumbai

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    Now do not say there are members of RSS/VHP etc and defend them. They have tarnished the name of india.

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  • Sujith Nayak, Mangalore / Abu Dhabi

    Tue, Jul 13 2010

    Keep these bed bugs behind bars until death.So that others will think thousand times before they do similar acts.

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